Fair and festival season got underway last weekend with the Cheese Festival in Pine Island and the Rhubarb Festival in Lanesboro.
Among the special activities in store for this week is a great country music lineup, including Montgomery Gentry, Maiden Dixie and JT & the Gunslingers, at Volksfest, Friday and Saturday in Goodhue.
Concert tickets are $35. More than music, though, Volksfest will includes a variety of community events, including an udder run, craft show, kiddie parade, bean bag tournament, bingo, parade, pedal pull and fireworks. Information: www.GoodhueVolksfest.com and www.goodhuejaycees.com/volksfest.
Chester, Iowa, will hold a one-day event, Old Settlers Day, on Saturday. (Chester is about 35 miles south of Rochester on U.S. 63, just over the state line.)
Activities include a tractor pull, flea market, ice cream social, kids activities, bean bag tournament and bingo. At 3 p.m., a parade begins on Market Street and continues down River Street.
Live music by Luke ‘N’ Bob Texas rounds out the day starting at 8 p.m. The concert will be in the Chester Community Center; $5 admission,
And let’s not forget the Viola Gopher Count, June 17-18 in Viola.
It gets underway at 5 p.m. Wednesday with the 5K run/walk, followed by a talent show at 6:30 p.m., and fireworks after dark. The festival royalty will be crowned at 7 p.m., and there’ll be plenty of food and fun throughout the evening.
On Thursday, festivities run through the day, starting with the grand parade at 10 a.m. There’ll be contests aplenty: a soapbox derby and sawdust dig at 11:30 a.m., bean bag tournament at 2 p.m., pie eating contest at 2:30, ladies nail-driving contest at 3, and tug of war at 3:30.
The day wraps up live music and a street dance, featuring the Voice That Lied and, at 9 p.m., country and Southern rock band Diesel Drive, from St. Charles.
Among the events to mark on your calendar for the following week: the Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival in Zumbrota, Cheese Days in Elgin, and Art in the Park in Lanesboro. And let’s not forget a little thing called Rochesterfest…