Cheese, gophers and settlers were the themes of last week’s featured fairs festivals.
This week’s offerings are a touch more refined, with a couple of arts festivals across the area … and one more to do with cheese.
First, the arts. Zumbrota hosts the Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday’s the big day. Plenty to do, including a 5K run (8 a.m.), street market (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Art in East Park (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), kids’ games and activities (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), grand parade (6 p.m.), and music all day, wrapping up with JT & the Gunslingers performing a street dance starting at 8 p.m. at the VFW. A fireworks show will start at 10 p.m. at Covered Bridge Park.
Things start to wind down a bit Sunday, with a pancake breakfast (8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and bean bag tournament (1:30 p.m.), all at the VFW. Find more info online: tinyurl.com/oth8utp.
Lanesboro hosts its own Art in the Park on Sunday — Father’s Day — with more than 90 artists booths, kids’ activities including a petting zoo and a make-a-tie-for-dad craft station, live music and lots of food, craft beer and wine to try. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find it at Sylvan Park, in the middle of town.
Pine Island held its Cheese Festival last weekend; this Friday through Sunday, it’s Elgin’s turn. Which cheese will reign supreme?
Elgin Cheese Days includes a citywide garage sale (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), kids’ carnival (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) music by the busy JT & the Gunslingers (8:30 p.m. — $10) and fireworks (10 p.m.) on Friday.
Saturday begins with more rummage-sale action, basketball and volleyball tournaments, a 5K run (8 a.m.) soapbox derby and tractor pull (10 a.m.), kids carnival (noon to 9 p.m.) and music by Lost Highway (9 p.m. — $10).
Sunday includes an ice cream social at noon, parade at 1:30 p.m., and more.
Start chewing your pencil now over these tough choices for the following weekend, which will include a Bald Eagle Day Celebration in Wabasha, Lewiston Heartland Days, Fountain Trail Days, Grand Meadow’s Meadowfest, Lake City’s Water Ski Days, Mantorville’s Stagecoach Days and the Zumbro River Community Festival at Camp Victory. Whew!