MAY

May 28

Washington Street Arts Festival, Lake City

Sixth-annual festival. Live music performances by Lincoln High School student musicians. Artists participating include a potter, metal pieces, oil painter and a photographer. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

JUNE

June 1-Aug. 31

Thursdays on First & Third, downtown Rochester

Weekly street festival, vendors, food, live entertainment. 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Information: www.downtownrochestermn.com/events/tof.

June 2-3

Smokin' in Steele, Owatonna

10th anniversary. BBQ contest, live music, beer garden, 5K walk/run, family bike cruise, hot rod car show, tractor/truck show, pancake breakfast. Info: www.smokininsteele.com.

June 2-4

Cheese Festival, Pine Island

Arts and crafts show, carnival, parade, fireworks, street dances, talent contest, cheese and wine/beer gala, rib cookoff, volleyball and canoe/kayak tournaments, 5K run, parade, golf and baseball tournaments and more. For more information, email pineislandcheesefestival@gmail.com or visit www.pineislandcheesefest.com for the entire event schedule.

June 3

Rhubarb Festival, Lanesboro

Sylvan Park. Come taste everything rhubarb. Music, games, zoo, free family fun. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also ninth-annual Rhubarb Run at 9 a.m. Info: www.rhubarbfestival.org, www.rhubarbrun.org.

June 3

Garden Fair, Rochester

History Center of Olmsted County, 1195 W. Circle Drive SW. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission nonperishable food or cleaning product. Benefit for homeless teens. Information: www.facebook.com/events/708691572632664.

June 3

Tour de Pepin, Lake City

10th annual event. Cyclists choose from the Milieu (32-mile), Demi Siècle (50-mile), Lac Plein (72-mile) or Siècle (100-mile) routes. Info: LakeCity.org.

June 3-Oct. 21

Riverwalk Market Fair, Northfield

A festive Saturday market in Northfield's Bridge Square featuring local produce, artisan foods and fine regional arts and crafts. Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, except Sept. 9. On Bridge Square, at Division Street and Fourth Street. Info: riverwalkmarketfair.org.

June 7-Aug. 30

Berne Wood-Fired Pizza, West Concord

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at 23148 County Road 24. Free live music on outdoor stage, featured performances at 6:30 p.m. each week. List of performers and other information: https://sites.google.com/site/bernewoodfiredpizza. Proceeds benefit Zwingli United Church of Christ, West Concord.

June 9-Sept. 29

Pizza on the Farm, Wykoff

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays except July 14, 21 and 28, Aug. 18, Sept. 22. Wood-fired pizza, music. Dreamacres Farm, 17289 Fillmore County Road 8. Information: 507-352-4255, dreamacresfarm.org.

June 9-10

Volksfest, Goodhue

Street dances featuring Chris Hawkey, Diesel Drive, Diamond Rio, Emily Ann Roberts, JT & The Gunslingers; king and queen competition, Udder Run, craft show, kiddie parade, bean bag tournament, bingo, parade, pedal pull and fireworks. Information: www.GoodhueVolksfest.com.

June 9-Sept. 1

Meet Me Under the Bridge, Wabasha

Free summer concert series, Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. Heritage Park on Main Street West. See www.rjac.org/concerts.html.

June 13

76th annual Strawberry Social, Austin

11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Bake sale, quilt raffle, a la carte supper with strawberries over ice cream, shortbread or angel food cake. Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, 30456 Mower Freeborn Road. Info: 507-437-3000 or 507-583-2038.

June 14-15

Gopher Count, Viola

143rd annual event. Wednesday: food and beer garden, inflatables and games, talent show, crowning of royalty (7 p.m.), movie in the park. Thursday: grand parade at 10 a.m. rain or shine, soap box derby, sawdust dig, doll buggy parade, kids tractor pull, beanbag tournament, pie eating contest, tug of war races, music in the park, fireworks. Information: www.gophercount.com.

June 15-18

Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival, Zumbrota

"Rock the Block" downtown, free movie, car hop, Covered Bridge 5K/10K/half marathon, softball and volleyball tournaments, disc golf tourney, Red Wing stoneware pottery sales, kids games and activities, car show, street market, Art in East Park, Grand Parade, street dances, pancake breakfast. Information: http://tinyurl.com/oth8utp, www.facebook.com/pg/ZumbrotaCoveredBridgeFestival.

June 16-Sept. 9

Mantorville Theater Co. Melodrama Season, Mantorville

Opens summer season. Shows 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at Opera House. Information: www.mantorvillain.com.

June 16-18

Cheese Days, Elgin

Street dances, citywide garage sales, men's and women's softball tournaments, co-ed sand volleyball, tractor pull (new location, dirt track), mud bogs, car show and burnouts, pedal pull, soapbox derby, parade, bean bag tournament, children's rides and bounce house. Live music featuring Thomas & the Shakes (June 16, $5), Pop Rocks (June 17, $10) and The Prairie Brothers (3 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 18). Search for "Elgin Cheese Days" on Facebook, email elgincheesedays@gmail.com or call 507-421-0365 for more information.

June 16

Uncorked and On Tap, Rochester

Sixth-annual event benefitting Camp Companion, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the History Center of Olmsted County. Tickets $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Includes admission, light appetizers and one complimentary glass of beer or wine. Silent auction, raffle, music by Steven Schmidt and Emily Whitcomb. Information/tickets: www.campcompanion.org, Rhonda Brincks at rhonda@campcompanion.org or 507-273-7441.

June 17-18

Farming of Yesteryear Horse & Mule Show, Kiester

Ribbon fun show, exhibition show, "Cowboys for Christ," third annual Farmer's Hitch Horse and Mule Pull, horse games, barrel race, wheelbarrow race, ride a "buck." Info: kiestermn.org/?page_id=610.

June 17-18

Bald Eagle Days Celebration, Wabasha

River-themed, family activities hosted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Army Corps of Engineers, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This year celebrates 10th anniversary of the bald eagle's removal from the Endangered Species list in 2007. Information: www.nationaleaglecenter.org/bald-eagle-day.

June 17-25

Rochesterfest 2017, Rochester

35th festival. Music, food, parade, treasure hunt, street dances. For details, go to www.rochesterfest.com.

June 17

Gammel Dag Fest, Peterson

Scandinavian midsummer celebration. 10 a.m. to midnight. Live music, parade, chicken dinner, vintage baseball games, Legion dance. Info: www.facebook.com/events/181532749034182.

June 17

Art in the Park, Sylvan Park, Lanesboro

More than 90 artists' booths, food, music by Jaybone Bell, Maritza, Little Fevers, the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers; family activities. Go to lanesboroarts.org/special-events/art-in-the-park.

June 21-25

Lewiston Heartland Days, Lewiston

Little Miss and Miss Lewiston Pageant, craft vendors, 3-on-3 basketball, doubles cornhole tournament, parade, volleyball tournament. Information: lewistonmn.org or "Heartland Days" on Facebook.

June 21-July 31

Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona

Performances of "Comedy of Errors," "Richard III," "An Iliad," and "Shipwrecked!" Info: 507-474-7900, grsf.org.

June 22-25

Meadowfest, Grand Meadow

Car show, art show, parade, chicken barbecue, games, sports tournaments and a 5K run. Info: www.cityofgrandmeadow.com, or 507-754-5908.

June 23-25

Water Ski Days, Lake City

Arts and crafts show, karaoke, concerts by Local Hooligans, Hitchville and Arch Allies, half marathon, paddleboat rides, historic movies, water ski show, foosball. Information: lake city.org/news-event/waterski-days.

June 23-24

60 Mile Garage Sale, Root River Trail towns

June 24

Zumbro River Community Festival, Camp Victory, Zumbro Falls

Music, magician, games, silent auction, inflatables, wagon rides, petting zoo, climbing wall, dunk tank, zipline, face painting, laser tag and fireworks. Info: www.campvictory.com/events/zumbro-river-community-festival.

June 24-25

Mantorville Stagecoach Days, Mantorville

Living history demos, costume contests, music, games, art show, food. Info: www.facebook.com/Mantorvillestagecoach.

JULY

June 30-July 4

Fourth of July Freedom Fest, Austin

Family Day in the park. LittleMiss Sparkler and Mr. Firecracker pageant, kids fishing contest, fireworks. Info: Austincoc.com/freedom-fest.

July 1-4

Cannon Valley Fair, Cannon Falls

Demo derby, parade, circus, music, midway. Information: www.cannonvalleyfair.org.

July 1-4

Summerfest, Stewartville

Fun run, sports tournaments, kids events, art in the park, basketball and volleyball tournaments. Street dance at Florence Park featuring Lost Highway and Aaron Simmons and the Roadkill Four on July 3. Grand parade at 6:30 p.m. July 4. Fireworks at dusk. Information: 507-533-6006 or stewartvillechamber.com.

July 1-4

Fourth of July Celebration, Harmony

Jim Busta Band featuring Mollie B, a pedal tractor pull, grand parade, art on the green. Info: www.exploreharmony.com/events.

July 4

Old Fashioned Fourth of July, Blooming Prairie

Events in the park, parade, music, fireworks. Information: www.bloomingprairie.com, click on 4th of July Celebration.

July 4

Hammond Classic Car Show, Hammond ballpark

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 507-753-4088, search "Hammond Classic Car Show" on Facebook.

Other July 4 celebrations:

Cherry Grove: 11 a.m. parade.

Forestville: 1899 Independence Day at Historic Forestville, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Oronoco: 10 p.m. fireworks at Oronoco Park. Info: tinyurl.com/hs4phpf.

Red Wing: Baypoint Park. 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m., kids 1/3-mile run at 9:30 a.m. Info: www.redwing4thofjulyroadrace.com.

Rochester: Children's parade at noon from Christ United Methodist Church, Salute to the 4th skate and BMX contest 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., car and motorcycle show from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.

Wanamingo: Parade, fire and rescue water fight, firemans dance, fireworks at dusk. Information: www.wanamingo.com/events/july-4th.

July 6-23

Minnesota Beethoven Festival, Winona

Performances by Minnesota Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Players, Joshua Bell, Sam Haywood, David Finckel, Wu Han, Anderson & Roe, Dale Warland and Festival Chorale, Dover Quartet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Boston Brass. Info: 507-457-1715, www.mnbeethovenfestival.org.

July 7-8

Hambone Music Festival, History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester

Friday performers: The Shift, Mike Munson & Mikkel Beckman, Shannon Curfman Band, The4ontheFloor. Saturday: Neorythms, The Listings, Mark Cameron Band, Bluedog Blues Band, Lauren Mitchell, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, Annie Mack Trio, Avey Grouws Duo. Information: hambonemusicfestival.com.

July 7-9

Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour, Peterson

Explore Southeast Minnesota and the Root River Valley on this three-day bicycle trek. $295. Info: www.imathlete.com/events/EventOverview.aspx?fEID=39655.

July 8

Summer Celebration of the Arts, Red Wing

The Anderson Center, 163 Tower View Drive. Info: www.andersoncenter.org.

July 8

Monarch Festival, Lanesboro

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hands-on activities, crafts, garden tours, an education tent with live butterflies, more. Butterfly release dependent on weather. Reservations recommended. $10 per person; 5 and younger free. Info: 507-467-2437, tinyurl.com/mnetjxk.

July 10-15

Clean Water Festival, Austin

Jay C. Hormel Nature Center ,1304 21st St. NE. Family activities, educational programs. Info: 507-437-7519, hormelnaturecenter.org.

July 10-16

Eyota Days, Eyota

39th annual festival. Vendor's Market, parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, Kids Obstacle Run, kids pedal tractor pull, horseshoe tournament, road race, 3-on-3 basketball, summer arts camp. More events throughout the week. Find Eyota Days on Facebook, visit tinyurl.com/n98c9wd or pick up a flyer at local businesses.

July 10-16

Rushford Days, Rushford

Queen pageant, wine and beer tasting, car cruise, teen dance, 5K run/walk, softball and 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, kids activities, live music featuring The Dweebs and Trouble Shooter, grand parade, theater, family dance. Information: www.rushforddays.com.

July 12-16

Winona County Fair, St. Charles

Carnival, parade, exhibits, talent show, tractor pull, trailer races, demolition derby, bull-riding, rodeo. Free admission. Information: www.winonacountyfair.com.

July 14-16

Root River Antique Historical Power Association Show, Spring Valley, next to Deer Creek Speedway

Large display of all brands of tractors and equipment, antique cars and trucks, demonstrations, barn raising, model railroad, musical entertainment, petting zoo, flea market. Camping at Deer Creek Campground. $10 button for adults grants admission for the weekend. Information: 507-254-0622 or www.rootrivershow.org.

July 14-16

Summerfest, LeRoy

July 15

Rolling River Music Festival, Red Wing

Ninth-annual festival. Features country artists Girls, Guns and Glory; Sam Lewis; and Horseplay. Starts at 5 p.m. at the Central Park Bandshell. Info: www.facebook.com/RWRollingRiver.

July 15-16

Living History Fair, Rochester

History Center of Olmsted County. 19th century interactive events. Civil War encampments and battle re-enactments, new exhibits in the museum, 1850s and 1860s historic buildings tours and living history, vintage baseball games, demonstrations, vendors. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. $8 adult, 12 and younger free. Info: www.olmstedhistory.com/events/3708/living-history-fair.

July 18-23

Fillmore County Fair, Preston

Livestock shows, arm wrestling contest, bull riding, beer barn, demolition derby, live music. Information: www.fillmorecountyfair.com.

July 19-22

Wabasha County Fair, Wabasha

Livestock shows, open class exhibits, grandstand shows, food, family night, talent show, demo derby, carnival. Information: www.wabashacountyfair.org.

July 19-23

Dodge County Free Fair, Kasson

Demo derby, extreme bull riding, tractor/truck pull, motorcycle enduro, beer garden. See www.dodgecountyfreefair.com for details.

July 19-23

Good Neighbor Days, Byron

Time capsule, fireworks, movie in the park, parade, bingo. Information: www.byrongnd.com.

July 20

Songs of Hope, Zumbro State Theatre, Zumbrota

Concert at 7 p.m. by kids from around the world as part of a six-week performing arts summer camp. For details, call 507-732-7616 or go to www.crossingsatcarnegie.com.

July 21-23

GLBTA Pride Festival, Rochester

Friday: Youth prom at Rochester Public Library, Dragagonza at International Event Center. Saturday: vendor market, block party at Soldiers Field Memorial Park. Sunday: Community church services and picnic at Soldiers Field Memorial Park. Information: www.facebook.com/RochesterMNPridefest, www.glcsmn.org/Pridefest.

July 21-23

West Concord Survival Days, West Concord

Kiddie parade, classic car and bike show, 5K run, citywide garage sale, parade. Information: www.westconcordmn.com, click on Survival Days.

July 24-30

Olmsted County Free Fair, Rochester

Free admission. Grandstand events include Autocross, tractor pull, bull riding, ATV Big Air Tour, demolition derby. Find other fair information at www.olmstedcountyfair.com.

July 28-29

Riverboat Days, Wabasha

Volleyball and bean bag tournaments, 5K run, parade, Miss Wabasha pageant, live music, beer tent, water fight. Information: www.wabashamn.org/riverboat-days.

July 28-30

Miracles Happen Festival, Stewartville

Family fun with music at night headlined by American Idol finalist and Christian singer Danny Gokey, Steve Duede, Elisha St. James, Johnny Holiday, Light45, Brad Boice. Sunday worship. Info and tickets: mhfest.com.

July 29

Vintage Band Festival, Northfield

Eleven bands, numerous concerts in Northfield and surrounding towns. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Info: vintagebandfestival.org.

AUGUST

Aug. 1-6

Freeborn County Fair, Albert Lea

Kane Brown, Collin Raye, Diamond Rio, Kansas, Martina McBride, demo derby. Information: www.freeborncountyfair.com.

Aug. 4-5

Buffalo Bill Days, Lanesboro

Citywide festival, marketplace, food booths, entertainment, dances, volleyball and softball tournaments and grand parade. Information: www.facebook.com/buffalobilldays.

Aug. 4-6

River City Days, Red Wing

Parade, karaoke, cinema under the stars, arts and crafts show, book sale, food stands. Information: www.rivercitydays.org.

Aug. 6

Dogs Downtown, Peace Plaza, Rochester

Third annual event. Activities, performances, games and giveaways. Free. Info: www.downtownrochestermn.com/events/Dogsdowntown.

Aug. 8-13

Mower County Free Fair, Austin

Open livestock shows, free stage entertainment, grandstand shows, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food. Information: www.mowercountyfair.com.

Aug. 8-12

Goodhue County Fair, Zumbrota

Demo derby, tractor pull, livestock shows, food vendors, talent show. Information: www.goodhuecountyfair.com.

Aug. 10-13

Chatfield Western Days, Chatfield

Huge Saturday Grand Parade; mutton busting on Thursday night; teen dance contest and Chatfield Fire Department dance on Friday night; Pop Rocks and The Fabulous Books Boys perform on Saturday night. Sunday: horse show, Elvis tribute artist Brad Boice, car and motorcycle show, coin find. Theater production. Fireworks. More. Information: ci.chatfield.mn.us, chatwesterndays@gmail.com, 507-867-3870.

Aug. 10-13

Kasson Festival in the Park, Kasson

28th annual. Horse and wagon tours, medallion hunt, historic water tower tours, car show, Miss and Master Pageant, outdoor movie, 5K run, rib cook-off, obstacle course challenge, eating contest, belly flop challenge, fireworks, parade, live music, more. Information: kassonfestivalinthepark.com. Click on Festival Week Schedule for complete list.

Aug. 12-13

Days of Yesteryear, History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester

Spotlighting Ford Equipment. Starts 9 a.m. daily. See operating sawmill powered by live steam, woodworking demonstrations, kids contests, blacksmith's shop, country school, antique and classic cars, 1860s baseball matches, food, other attractions. Buttons $5 in advance, $8 entrance fee per day at the gate. Free ages 15 and younger. Visit www.mhrt.org, call 507-252-0343 or email mlohnstad@mhrt.org for details.

Aug. 13

Rochester City Jazz Festival, Rochester Civic Theatre, 20 Civic Center Drive SE

Second-annual event is a daylong festival featuring four jazz bands on two stages. Event will launch with a Jazz Jam where local jazz players can sit in with the D'Sievers rhythm section. $20. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Information: www.facebook.com/rochestercityjazzfestival.

Aug. 15-20

Steele County Free Fair, Owatonna

Grandstand entertainment: bull riding, battle of the bands, Hairball, tractor pull, enduro race, demolition derby. Human cannonball, old iron show, auto museum, petting zoo, pig races. Information: www.scff.org.

Aug. 15-20

Ag Days, Spring Valley

Street dance featuring "R Factor," Brave Community Theatre production of "Pirates of Penxance," grand parade, kids carnival, barbecue cook-off, fireworks, sports tournaments, 6K race, magic and comedy shows, much more. Information: www.springvalleychamberofcommerce.com.

Aug. 16-20

Houston County Fair, Caledonia

Skid steer rodeo, bull riding, demo derby, truck and tractor pull, food, family activities. Music entertainment includes Trouble Shooter. Information: houstoncountyfair.com.

Aug. 17-20

SEMBA's Bluegrass Festival, Cushon's Peak Campground, 18696 State Highway 16, Houston

Twenty bluegrass performances. Bluegrass workshop. Bring lawn chairs, not alcohol or pets. Information: www.semba.tv.

Aug. 17-21

Corn on the Cob Days, Plainview

Parade, free sweet corn, carnival, fireman's dance, 5K run, chicken dinner, volleyball tournament, petting zoo, fireman's water fight. For details, go to www.corncobdays.com.

Aug. 18-19

Canton Day Off, Canton

Barbecue, beer tent, bingo, beanbag tournament, live music. Information: www.cantondayoff.com.

Aug. 18-20

Hootenany! Art and Fiber Fair, Oronoco

Art and fiber show with vendors, demonstrations, live music, blacksmithing. 135 Fourth St. NW. Information: www.facebook.com/events/431457717228668.

Aug. 18-20

Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days, Oronoco

Large antique show and flea market with more than 1,000 spaces and 400 vendors; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Go to www.goldrushmn.com.

Aug. 18-20

Kenyon Rosefest, Kenyon

Thorny Rose Challenge, 5K run/walk, farmers market. Information: www.cityofkenyon.com.

Aug. 18-20

Goodview Days, Goodview

Pageant, parade, Goodview Gallop race. Info: www.goodviewdays.com.

Aug. 20-26

Gladiolus Days, St. Charles

Grand parade featuring more than 200 floats, pageants, teen dance, comedy show, street dance, road race, volleyball tournament, market. Info: www.stcharlesmn.org/visitors/festivals.html.

Aug. 25-26

Riverbend Music Fest, Owatonna

27th annual music festival, rain or shine. Bad Girlfriends, Them Pesky Kids, Skewed View Band, Slamabama, Mark Stone and the Dirty Country Band. One-day pass $50, two-day pass $70, includes camping, beer, admission. Info: www.riverbendmusicfest.com.

Aug. 25-27

GreekFest, Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, 703 W. Center St., Rochester.

54th year. Authentic Greek foods, live music, Greek dancers, bake sale, silent auction, kids carnival, church tours. Free admission; free parking. Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Go to greekfestrochester.com or call 507-282-1529.

Aug. 26-27

ArtWorks Festival, Austin

Sixth-annual celebration of the arts. Location to be announced. Galleries open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Outdoor and indoor stages, author stage, demos and other activities. Dick Schindler Celebration Concert on Saturday. Information: www.austinareaarts.org/festival-about.

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1-2

Irish Fest, Rochester

Seventh-annual event. Free family-friendly festival featuring Irish music on two stages, dance and culture, traditional Irish folk singalongs, storytelling and dance lessons, face-painting, potato races, fishing in the River Lee. Held at Soldier's Field East Park, behind the Rochester Area Family Y. Visit www.irishfestmn.org for more details.

Sept. 7-10

Defeat of Jesse James Days, Northfield

Bank raid re-enactment, rodeo, entertainment, carnival, much more. Info: www.djjd.org.

Sept. 8-10

Watermelon Festival, Kellogg

Parade, Miss Kellogg, carnival, beer crawl, soap box derby, softball tournament, tractor ride, watermelon crawl, entertainment. Information: travelinf5.wixsite.com/watermelonfest.

Sept. 8-Oct. 21

SeptOberfest, Wabasha

Pumpkin topiaries, scarecrow contests, entertainment, food, carriage rides, Music Under the Bridge and more. Information: www.wabashamn.org/septoberfest.

Sept. 8-9

Big Iron Truck Show, Kasson

Dodge County Fairgrounds. Trucks on display, truck pull at 6 p.m. Light show, live entertainment, parade. Information: www.bigironclassic.com.

Sept. 9-10

Marigold Days, Mantorville

52nd annual event. Antique show, 5K run, baseball tournament, flea market, arts and crafts, quilt and flower sale, music stage, food stands, car show and antique appraisals, parade, fireworks. Information: www.marigolddays.com.

Sept. 9-10

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, Pepin, Wis.

Family-oriented event featuring arts and educational entertainment based on the early American pioneer experience of storybook author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Info: www.lauradays.org.

Sept. 9-10

Steam Engine Days, Mabel

Oldest steam engine show in Minnesota, 65th annual, shingle mill, old-time threshing, log-sawing, rock-crushing, corn shelling and shredding, tractor plowing, blacksmith shop. Two parades, fireworks, tractor/truck pull, mutton busting, drawing to win a 2017 Jeep Renegade and nine additional cash prizes. Info: www.cityofmabel.com/events.

Sept. 9-10

Great Dakota Gathering, Winona

Unity Park. Grand Entry Dance, learning tent where youngsters can explore Native American culture, games and activities, unity feast, Sunrise and other ceremonies, and a talk circle, in which a focus for the day is introduced along with historical background. Info: www.winonadakotaunityalliance.org.

Sept. 9-13

National Barrow Show, Austin

Mower County Fairgrounds. Information: nationalswine.com/shows/open_shows/nbs/nbs_info.php.

Sept. 9-23

Taste of the Trail, Root River Trail towns

Sample local flavors. Sept. 9: Lanesboro, Peterson, Whalan. Sept. 16: Fountain, Harmony, Preston. Sept. 23: Houston, Rushford, Rushford Village.

Sept. 10-11

Farming of Yesteryear Old-Time Threshing Festival, Kiester

34th annual event. Food stands, country store, visit church and school, field demonstrations, horse and tractor events, entertainment, flea market, crafts, blacksmith, more. Featuring International Harvester gas engines and IH tractors and machinery. Admission $7. Kids younger than 12 free. Camping available. Information: 507-525-2345, www.kiestermn.org/?page_id=610.

Sept. 14-17

Applefest, La Crescent

Live entertainment, arts and crafts fair, flea market, classic car show, Apple Annie, King Apple Parade, 5K run/walk. Information: www.applefestusa.com.

Sept. 14-17

Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest, Cresco, Iowa

Food, flea market, parade, 5K run/walk, tractor shows, quilt auction, bean bag tournament, live music, more. Info: www.howard-county.com/iowa/community-festivals.html.

Sept. 15-17

Harvest Fest, Dodge Center

20th anniversary. Craft and vendor fair, games and activities, live music. Info: www.facebook.com/Harvest-Fest-Dodge-Center-MN-205369289518768.

Sept. 16

Minnesota Children's Book Festival, Red Wing

State's premier children's book festival. 18th annual event. Noon to 5 p.m. Book signings and readings, children's entertainment, family activities. The Anderson Center, 163 Tower View Drive. Info: www.andersoncenter.org/eventAuthorsIllustrators.html.

Sept. 21-24

Zumbro Bend Rendezvous, Mantorville

Re-enactment of Minnesota's early history. Riverside Park. Information: www.zumbrobendrendezvous.org.

Sept. 22-24

Wykoff Fall Festival, Wykoff

Relay race, grand parade, vendors, music, kids pedal pull, antique tractor pull, museum tours, all school class reunion, treasure hunt, beer garden, food stands. For more information, call 507-352-2321.

Sept. 23

Fall Harvest Celebration, Austin

Displays, vendors, food, wagon rides, kids' activities and more. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mower County Historical Society. Information: 507-437-6082 or www.mowercountyhistory.org.

Sept. 23-24

Corn Shredding Days and State Corn Husking contest, 64245 355th Ave., near Oak Center

Sept. 23: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register to husk corn 8:30 a.m., start husking 9 a.m. Kids ear count 10 a.m. Activities for all ages. $5 button for both days. 12 and younger free. Sept. 24: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Corn shredding, hay press, plowing and fall tillage, children's activities including 2 p.m. pedal tractor pull, cider press, country store. For details, call Dwain Gerken 507-753-2543. Everyone welcome to husk.

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