As the kickoff to summer continues, area towns feature their annual festivals. A few of the upcoming ones are on the more unusual side.
By Tom Weber
Country music acts Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw will provide music for two street dances at the Goodhue Volksfest, Friday through Sunday.
Friday dance features Tippin, with Maiden Dixie and the Chad Edwards Band opening. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $15.
Saturday’s dance has Diffie and Kershaw headlining, with JT and the Gunslingers and Lost Highway opening. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the gate.
Those dances are just two of the highlights of Volksfest, which includes a parade at 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by fireworks at dusk. The Miss Goodhue contest is at 7 p.m. Friday in the Goodhue High School gym. For kids, there’s a bounce party Saturday at Rosie Park, a kiddie parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, and a pedal pull at 2 p.m. Saturday.
To top off the weekend, the Goodhue Lions will serve Belgian waffles from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
Crossings Garden Party
By Tom Weber
The event is hosted by Crossings at Carnegie, and will be held outdoors on the street in front of Crossings and the State Theatre in Zumbrota. The idea is to help gardeners pair beautiful flowers with beautiful works of art.
To that end, you’ll find ceramic, glass and metal garden sculptures, birdbaths, fairy and gnome houses, stained glass items, and flowering plants. There will also be garden-related artwork and handmade jewelry, as well as gardens-in-a-box.
And, at a flash poetry/flash art booth, visitors can request a poem on the spot, accompanied by an illustration.
Hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave. Admission is free.
A garden party wouldn’t be complete without live music, and Crossings is hosting Accordion-O-Rama at 8 p.m. Friday. For tickets, call 507-732-7616.
Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest
By Matt Stolle
Each year as many as 22,000 people will celebrate and enjoy the four-day strawberry festival that runs from Thursday, June 16, to Tuesday, June 21. The event features a carnival, live entertainment, hot air balloon rides, a kick-off dinner and a parade.
Strawberry Fest is this community’s way to celebrate and welcome the summer months. Musical acts will be performing, including Crooked Dice and Rhino on June 17, and the Teddy Bear Band and Uncle Chunk on June 18.
A fireworks display will take place at 10:30 p.m. June 18, an event that is expected to draw thousands. And the concession area at Kingston Park will include everything from cheese curds, corn dogs and Cuban sandwiches to hamburgers, ice cream and deep-fried pickles.
142nd Annual Gopher Count
By Matt Stolle
The fest, which runs Wednesday, June 15, and Thursday, June 16, is another way people in these parts pay homage to the state mascot. By killing it.
The first day will feature a food and beer garden, inflatables and games, a 5K run and family walk, the crowning of royalty, the Rochester Caledonian Pipe Band and a fireworks display.
There will be a grand parade, gopher gold hunt, a soapbox derby and bingo in the town hall on the second day.