Fairs and Festivals

June 13-15

Volksfest, Goodhue

Street dances featuring Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tracy Lawrence and Lost Highway, udder run, craft show, community carnival, kiddie parade, skid loader relay, bean bag tournament, bingo, parade, pedal pull and watermelon feed, fireworks. Information: .

Cheese Days, Elgin

Friday: City-wide rummage sale, youth softball tournaments, carnival, magic show, kids dance, live music, fireworks. Saturday: Rummage sales, 5K run, basketball and sand volleyball tournaments, bake sale fundraiser, soapbox derby, tractor pull, carnival, talent show, petting zoo, music by Lost Highway ($10). Sunday: ice cream social fundraiser, 1 p.m. parade, Elgin ambulance 50-year anniversary celebration, fire department water wars, music, raffle.


June 13-Sept. 14

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: .

June 14

June Bloom, North Park, Dodge Center

Art festival with live music, Mark Twain re-enactor, caricaturist, clown making balloon art for children, and exhibits where regional artists will display and sell their wares. Silent auction. Live band, harp and flute duet, Minnesota Sings vocal contest and crowing of Miss Dodge Center, followed by chicken dinner by Dodge Center Lions Club. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission.

Riverwalk Market Fair, Bridge Square, Northfield

Seasonal produce from local farmers, artisan food, arts and fine crafts. Dulcimer music, stage combat practice for young people. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: .


Old Settlers Day, Chester, Iowa

4.3-mile fun run/walk, tractor pull, flea market, food, barbecue competition, music, kids activities, parade at 3 p.m., fireman's supper, dance, 8 p.m. featuring live music by Luke n' Bob Texas. Information: .

Grumpy Muddah, Coffee Mill Ski Area, Wabasha

5k obstacle/mud race. Beer tent. Register online: .

June 15

Art in the Park, Sylvan Park, Lanesboro

Art, food, music, family activities. Go to .

June 18-19


Gopher Count, Viola

Wednesday: Food and beer garden, inflatables and games, 5K run and family walk, talent show, crowing of royalty, fireworks. Thursday: Grand parade at 10 a.m. rain or shine, soap box derby, 4H dunk tank, Gopher Gold Hunt, live music, free street dance. Information: .

June 18-21

Bald Eagle Day 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. Includes fish printing, eagle enrichment and the casting game. Information: .

June 19-22

Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival, Zumbrota

Thursday: "Rock Around the Block" downtown, Nature Valley Grand Prix bicycle race. Friday: Car hop, family movie night, free street dance featuring The Trees. Saturday: Covered Bridge 5K, softball and volleyball tournaments, kids games and activities, Red Wing stoneware pottery sales, street market, art in East Park, Grand Parade, street dance featuring Mountain Ash, fireworks. Sunday: Pancake breakfast. Information: .

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