The Defeat of Jesse James Days
Before his assassination at the hands of the coward Robert Ford, Jesse James suffered a different defeat, at the hands of the townspeople of Northfield, Minnesota, which left his crew diminished and his reputation tarnished. It also left a bank teller, Joseph Lee Heywood, dead of a gunshot wound to the head. It all went down on September 7, 1876.
Jesse James Days, which has been held since 1948, is a celebration of that defeat, and cause for the community to rally around good food, music, and times. It features a host of events, including re-enactments of the failed heist. It takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11 in downtown Northfield.
To get the most out of your experience, buy a $5 festival button, which gives access to bleacher seats during re-enactments and a slew of other benefits.
Forager steps into the festival arena with a sour beer tap takeover at its outdoor bar this Saturday, September 10, while throughout the day, a host of activities, including a hog roast, interactive art activities, and cooking classes take place. Don’t let the beer fool you, though, the event is fully-family friendly, with a slew of children and dog-friendly activities. It’s all augmented by live performances by Thomas and the Rain, Blue Rooster, and The Weathered Heads. Earlier, the youth have a chance to take the stage as part of Pure Rock Studios’ open mic. But going back to the beer, there are free brewery tours taking place all day long.
Registration is required for the sidewalk mural, dog training, and cooking classes. Head to Forager’s facebook page for more.
Marigold Days in Mantorville takes over the town on September 10 and 11. The festival brings together flea marketing, food, flowers, and fun. It got its start as a flower show, with the aim of planting marigolds throughout the town of Mantorville. Now, it features an antique and flea market, a flower, quilt, and car show, bingo, melodramas courtesy of the Mantorville Theater Company, live music, fireworks, a 5k run, baseball tournament, and a grande parade. The Dodge County Historical Society will be presenting Peg Lynch: The Lady Who Invented Sitcoms, and don’g forget the pie and ice cream social.
There is also a kid’s fishing contest on Saturday, followed by a kid and pet parade.
The festival is free to attend, but some events require an entrance fee or freewill donation.