Fairs and Festivals

June 5

Rhubarb Festival, Sylvan Park, Lanesboro

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rhubarb Olympics, Rhub-art, rhubarb bake sales.

June 11-13


Dairy Days, Adams

Softball tournament, firemen's water fights, parade, pedal pull and more. For more information, call (507) 582-7825.

Cheese Festival, Pine Island

Arts and crafts show, carnival, parade.

Volksfest, Goodhue

Music, quilt show, carnival.

June 12

Breakfast on the Farm, Stan and Bev Meyer Farm, 22489 Portland Prairie Road, Eitzen (1.5 miles northwest of Eitzen off Minnesota Highway 76).


7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Parking on site.

Summer Solstice Ecoblitz, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.

For questions, call (507) 437-7519.

June 12-13

Trail Days, Fountain.

Tractor pull, carnival, parade, street dance.

June 13 (Rain date: June 27)


Old Time Tractor Ride, Fountain

Leaves Fountain Feed and Grain at 10 a.m. for a 25-mile ride. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Bring your own sack lunch.

June 16

Christ Lutheran Church open house, 2904 20th St. S.E., Rochester.

Music, food, games. For more information, call 289-0271.

June 16-17

Gopher Count, Viola

Talent show, fireworks, parade, street dance. For more information go to 


June 18-20

Cheese Days, Elgin.

Street dances, car show, Great River Ridge Bike Trail dedication and more. For more information, call (507) 876-2291.

June 19

Art in East Park, Zumbrota

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Local and regional artists, music, food and more. 

Mower County Farm Bureau Breakfast on the Farm, Dale and Sandy Bissen Farm, 63491 150th St., Adams


Adults $3; Family rate $12, children 6 and under free. Bus will leave from Hy-Vee in Austin at 8 a.m. Parking available at the farm also.

June 19-27

Rochesterfest, Rochester

Music, food, parade, street dances.

Buttons available for $4, offers discounts to events and area businesses. For more information and a complete schedule of events go to

June 19-20

Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival, Zumbrota

Street dances, parade, performances and more.


June 20

Art in the Park, Sylvan Park, Lanesboro

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special 30th anniversary year.  Art and craft booths, children's activities, music, theatre.

June 25-27

Meadowfest, Grand Meadow

Pool tournament, chicken fry, parade, car show and more.

Water Ski Days

Lake City

Water ski shows, parade, arts and crafts.

June 26

Breakfast on the Farm, Amber Rae Swiss Farm, Ron and Michelle Hiens, 119 Minnesota Highway 42 E., Eyota

6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Adults $5; children 5-12, $3; Children under 5 free. Park at Century High School; first bus leaves at 6:15 a.m., last bus at 10:45 a.m.

June 27

Old Tyme Days, Mantorville

Games, demonstrations, food.

June 30-July 4

95th annual Cannon Valley Fair in Cannon Falls

Farm combine demolition derby, lawn mower demolition derby, rodeo, minnow races.

Cost is $3 per day; individual season pass is $8; parking free.

July 3

Street dance, Theilman

5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sponsored by Theilman Sportsman Club to benefit the Theilman Opera House.

July 3-4

Spam Town USA's FreedomFest, Austin

Music, parade, fireworks.

SummerFest, Stewartville

Street dance,  classic car show, parade, fireworks .

July 4

July 4th celebration, Wanamingo

Games, food, music, parade, fireworks.

July 4th celebration, Harmony

Parade, fireworks and more. For more information call 1-800-247-6466.

20th annual Hammond Classic Car Show, Hammond

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

20th annual show of 28 classes of cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles. Sponsored by the Parents & Kids Club; proceeds go to the park works and local scholarships.

July 7-11

Winona County Fair, St. Charles

Grandstand events include a battle of the bands, antique tractor pull and demolition derby. For information contact the fair office at (507) 932-3074, or go to

July 9-10

St. John's Block Party, downtown Rochester

Music, entertainment begin at 5 p.m. July 9 and noon July 10.

July 9-11

Mazeppa Daze/All School Reunion, Mazeppa

Parade, street dance, fireworks, horse pull, classic car show and more. 

July 12-18

Eyota Days, Eyota

Parade, street dance, music, carnival and more. For more information, call (507) 545-2135.

June 13-20

Cambridge Swedish Festival, Cambridge

Speakers, Swedish school, performers and more. For more information, call (763) 689--1211 or 

July 14-17

Wabasha County Fair

At intersection of Minnesota Highway 60 and U.S. 61, Wabasha. For more information, go to

July 14-18

Dodge County Free Fair, Kasson

Thunderbird races, live music, tractor/semi pull. For more information, go to or call (507) 261-2377.

July 16

Byron Good Neighbor Days talent show

7 p.m., Byron Middle School auditorium

Talent acts compete for cash prizes, voted on by the audience. For tickets, call (507) 624-0145 or go to

July 16-18

Antique Engine & Tractor Show

Hosted by the Root River Antique Historical Power Association, Inc. Activities for all ages. Located 15 miles south of Rochester on U.S. 63, next to Deer Creek Campground. For more information go to or call Ben at (507) 261-3511.

LeRoy Summerfest, LeRoy South Park

Kids games, car show, street dance, grand parade, gardening contest and garden tours, live music, pie and ice cream social. For more information, contact Patty at (507) 324-5707 or

July 18-19

Byron Good Neighbor Days Show

7 p.m. July 18, 2 p.m. July 19

For tickets, call (507) 624-0145. For more information, go to

July 23-25

West Concord Survival Days, West Concord

Garden tractor pull, kids parade, pie-eating contest, music, games, 5K Fun Run-Walk, national bull riding and cattle roping, all-school reunion and history walk of the town. For information, contact Beth at (507) 527-2068.

Hayfield Hey Days, Hayfield

Parade, dances, tournaments, food, beer garden, carnival and games, musical entertainment and more. For more information visit

July 24

Lake Shady Jam, Oronoco city park

1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Live music, food, beer refreshment and more. 

July 30-Aug. 15

2010 Quilt Minnesota, state-wide shop hop

Quilters will take buses, share rides with friends and go from shop to shop (81 involved) looking for new ideas and getting inspired. Prizes offered. No purchase necessary. For more information, or call Sandy Evans at (507) 533-8897.

Aug. 2-8

150th Olmsted County Fair, Graham Park Fairgrounds, Rochester

Reunion/Recognition Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Olmsted County Fair held Aug. 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Historic Building 31 on the Fairgrounds.There will be a new carnival this year, Gold Star Amusements. For more information and a calendar of events, go to

Aug. 6-8

Rollingstone Days, Rollingstone

Buffalo Bill Days, Lanesboro

Marketplace, food booths, entertainment, tournaments, parade and more. For more information, go to

River City Days, Red Wing

Community festival along the riverfront. Parade, Taste of Red Wing, arts and crafts show, free music and a beer garden. For more information, visit

Aug. 7-8

57th annual Berne Swissfest, Zwingli United Church of Christ, 23148 County Road 24 in Berne, (rural West Concord), 10 miles north of Kasson.

11 a.m to 7 p.m. Aug. 7; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8

Swiss customs, food and culture, authentic Swiss yodeling. Free admission and parking. For information call (800) 322-2478 or go to

Aug. 10-15

Mower County Fair, Austin

Tours of Mower County Historical Society buildings and 12th annual Antique Tractor Show. Contact the Mower County Fairgrounds office at (507) 433-1868.

Aug. 10-14

Goodhue County Fair, Zumbrota

Grandstand shows, demolition derby, tractor pull, antique and out-of-field tractors, atv and truck pull, livestock shows, beer garden, FFA children's barnyard, food vendors and more. Free parking; $2 daily admission, $6 season pass.

Aug. 12-15

43rd Annual Chatfield Western Days, Chatfield

Music, grand parade, craft/flea market, car and truck show, kids pedal pull, kids coin find, carnival, golden horseshoe hunt, sports tournaments, fireworks and more. 

Aug. 13-15

Kasson Festival in the Park, Kasson

Friday night fireworks and dance, car and motorcycle show, food and craft vendors. parade, outdoor family movie, contests, corn hole toss, pedal pull, rib cook-off and more. Go to or call (507) 634-4307.

Aug. 14

Canton Day Off Celebration, Canton

Bean bag tournament, beer tent, DJ and street dance, food vendors. For more information call (507) 743-8319.

Aug. 14-15

Days of Yesteryear, History Center of Olmsted County, 1195 Circle Drive S.W., Rochester

9 a.m.

Demonstrations, car, truck and equipment show, entertainment, exhibits and more. Buttons are $5 in advance good for both days. Daily admission armband is $7 at the gate. Admission for those 15 and under and exhibitors is free. Museum admittance included. For more information go to

Aug. 17-22

Ag Days, Spring Valley

Corn and hot dog feed, parade, soapbox derby, Brave Community Theatre's "Alice in Wonderland," pool party, vintage baseball, VFW candlelight vigil, antique tractor show, kids games, street dance and more.

Steele County Free Fair, Owatonna

Vendors, pig races, puppet shows, midway rides, music . Free admission. For more information and a brochure, contact the Owatonna Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-423-6466, or the fair office

at (507) 451-5305, or visit

Aug. 18-22

Corn on the Cob Days, Plainview

Parade and free corn on the cob Sunday. Kids games, tractor games, music every night. For more information go to

Houston County Fair, Houston County Fairgrounds, Caledonia

Events for all ages. For more information visit

Aug. 19-22

SEMBA's Annual Bluegrass Festival, Cushon's Peak Campground, 18696 U.S. 16, Houston

Music, workshops, potluck dinner and more. Four-day admission is $30, $15 for Saturday, $11 for other single days. For more information, visit or call (507) 864-8109.

Aug. 20-22

Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days, 10 miles north of Rochester on U.S. 52

6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 20, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 21, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 22

Antique show and flea market featuring hundreds of dealers and more than 1,000 booths. For more information, go to or contact Carol at (507) 367-2111.

Aug. 21

ARTigras 2010, Mayo Park, Rochester

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

2nd annual free arts and cultural festival. ARTiVillage (more than 100 juried artists and arts organizations), ARTiKids (family friendly fun), ARTiStage (showcasing Rochester's professional performers), and food.

Kenyon Rosefest, Kenyon

Parade, food vendors and more. For more information, visit

Aug. 27-29

2010 GreekFest, Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, 703 W. Center St., Rochester

Greek foods, live music, Greek dancers, bake sale, kids carnival, silent auction and church tours. Free admission and parking. Go to

Aug. 27-28

Dobie Days 2010 "Salute to Veterans," Harmony

Four bands, mudd volleyball, food, drinks and fun. Go to

Aug. 28

2nd annual (Austin Community) Arts in the Park 2010, Community Bandshell Park, Austin

Entertainment, art sale, food vendors. For more information e-mail

Sept. 10-12

Kellogg Watermelon Festival, Kellogg

Carnival, softball and volleyball tournaments, antique tractor ride, kid pedal contest, plus live music Friday and Saturday nights. Parade at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days, Mabel

Threshing, tractor pull, parades, crafts, antique shows and more. For more information visit

Sept. 11-12

Marigold Days, Mantorville

Antique and flea market, arts and crafts, quilt and flower show, food stands, music stage, car show, grande parade at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information call (507) 635-5519 (evenings); antique and flea market reservations, (507) 635 3551; online at

Sept. 12-15

64th annual National Barrow Show, Mower County Fairgrounds, Austin

For more information, call (507) 433-1868.

Sept. 17-19

14th annual Dodge Center Harvest Fest, Main Street, Dodge Center

Friday festivities include a nail-pounding contest, live entertainment and a trivia contest. Saturday will feature kids' activities, "apple pie, apple too" contest, auction and live entertainment. Pancake breakfast on Sunday supports the American Legion. Free admission.

Sept. 18

"Re-fest" Energy Festival, Riverland Community College, Austin 

Co-sponsored by Jay C. Hormel Nature Center. Call (507) 437-7519 for details or visit

Sept. 18-19

Annual Frog Creek Harvest Festival, 32336 40th Ave., Cannon Falls

For more information call 1-877-546-5472 or visit

Sept. 24-26

Fall Festival, Wykoff

Grand parade, music from the Blue Denim Farmers and Irish Minstrels, home brews and wine tasting, a tractor pull and Sunday breakfast.

Sept. 25

Fall Harvest Celebration, Mower County Historical Society, Austin

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For questions, call (507) 437-6082.

Sept. 25-26

11th annual Corn Shredding Autumn Harvest Days, 64245 355th Ave., near Oak Center

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Collector's Button is $5, good for both days. Children 12 and under free. Kids pedal pull, threshing, corn binding, machinery on display, silo filling. For more information call Dwain Gerken (507) 753-2543; Tom Gerken (651) 345-5281, or Michael Ohlhaber (651) 269-2780.

Corn husking contest and ear count on Sept. 25.  Call Kathy Ofstie at (651) 923-4835.

Zumbro Bend Rendezvous, Riverside Park, Mantorville

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26

Living history event and education. 

Oct. 2-3

Johnny Appleseed Days, Lake City

Arts, crafts, farmer's market, pancake breakfast.

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