−White Squirrel Festival, Plato8:30 am – 1:00 pm
White Squirrel Festival, Sunday, July 13, Plato City Park, Plato
8:30am-12pm – Omelet Brunch
8:30am-12pm – St. Paul’s UCC Silent Auction
9:30am – Community Church Service – with the MN Adult and Teen Challenge Choir
10:30am – Hutch Clown Club; Juvenile Fire Safety with Plato Fire Department
1pm – Duck Races
9am-1pm – Hamburgers/Hot dogs available
Proceeds help fund local projects.+8:30 amWhite Squirrel Festival, Plato
−10th Annual Cycle Sunday, Lamberton9:30 am – 2:00 pm
The 10th Annual Cycle Sunday motorcycle gathering will be held at the Lamberton City Park Sunday, July 13. The event will begin with coffee and juice, cookies and rolls at 9:30am with time to visit with other riders and scope out the bikes. The non-denominational outdoor service will begin at 10am. This years event will be in Lamberton’s downtown park, just 3 blocks south of Highway 14 and 1 block west on Main Street.
A free picnic lunch will be served following the worship service, compliments of the Lamberton Church of Christ. A short area ride will follow for anyone who would like to participate.+9:30 am10th Annual Cycle Sunday, Lamberton
−Summer Get Together Salad Luncheon, Green Isle10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Summer Get Together Salad Luncheon will be held Sunday, July 13, 10:30am-1pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Green Isle.
Menu: salads, bbq’s, desserts, lemonade, coffee. Free will offering. Sponsored by LWML. Proceeds for mission projects.+10:30 amSummer Get Together Salad Luncheon, Green Isle
−Brown County’s Annual Twilight Meeting7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Brown County’s Annual Twilight Meeting will be held Tuesday, July 15, at 7pm, hosted at the Farm of the Portners’…Tom and Mary and Mark and Lisa, located on 29042 240th Street.
Featuring Dairy Knowledge Bowl, hosted by KNUJ’s Brian Filzen; hay rides; judging; free lunch; door prizes; dairy princesses.
Directions: Co. 27 West of Sleepy Eye, turn north on 285th Street, continue 1.5 miles, then it is on 240th Street+7:00 pmBrown County’s Annual Twilight Meeting
−Watonwan County Fair9:00 am – 11:45 pm
Watonwan County Fair will be held Wednesday, July 16, through Sunday, July 20
Come and enjoy a traditional county fair at the Watonwan County Fairgrounds in St. James. There will be food and show vendors. Bingo every day and J&K Amusements will provide a carnival atmosphere on the midway.
There will be a tractor pull in the grandstand on Friday and an off road enduro race on Saturday; entertainment at the beer gardens every night; fireworks on Saturday after 10pm.
The Watonwan County Fair will host horse events all weekend long, including Ranch Rodeo; donkey races; mutton busting and everyone’s favorite the Horse Pull is on Saturday at 6:30pm.
Senior Citizen’s Day is Sunday with free music in the entertainment tent featuring the county sounds of Bee Kays. Bluegrass music with Barton’s Hallow on Saturday in the free entertainment tent starting at 5:30pm.
There will be children’s games and activities throughout the fair.+9:00 amWatonwan County Fair
−9th Annual Shoot Out1:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Shoot Out will be at the River Ridge Gun Club, located west of Courtland on Highway 14, on Wednesday, July 16. Rain date will be Thursday, July 17.
It begins with registration at 1:30pm and a shotgun start at 2pm. Following the Shoot Out, there will be a pork dinner and brief program at the gun club. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm.+1:30 pm9th Annual Shoot Out
−Music in the Park, Glencoe Lions Club6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Wednesday, July 16, Glencoe Lions Club Music in the Park, Oak Leaf Park, shelter #2. Free live music performed by George’s Concertina Band from 6:30-8pm.
A pulled pork sandwich meal with chips, pickles, dessert and beverage is available, serving from 6-7pm. Proceeds go to community projects. Bring a chair and bring your friends.+6:00 pmMusic in the Park, Glencoe Lions Club
−Ice Cream Social and Bake Sale, Cambria5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ice Cream Social and Bake Sale at Cambria Presbyterian Church will be Thursday, July 17, 5pm.
Menu: bbq’s; ham sandwiches; egg salad sandwiches; potato salad; baked beans; pie; ice cream; lemonade; iced tea; coffee. Hosted by Cambrian Presbyterian Women+5:00 pmIce Cream Social and Bake Sale, Cambria
−Bavarian Blast, New Ulm6:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Bavarian Blast, July 18-20, New Ulm at the Brown County Fairgrounds; www.bavarianblast.com.
Entertainment provided by Alpensterne; Spitze; Squeezebox with Molly B; Alex Meixner; Concord Singers; Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchmen; Larry Olsen Band; Wendinger Band; Music Connection; Leon Olsen Show; Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen
Three stages of entertainment; fun for all ages; craft fair; food and beverage; barrel rolling competition; kraut eating contest and children’s entertainment. Camping available onsite.
Thursday, July 17 – Pre-fest party with Arch Allies and Transit Authority at the Brown County Fairgrounds.+6:00 pmBavarian Blast, New Ulm
−New Ulm Dog Days of Summer Crazy Days8:00 am – 5:00 pm
New Ulm Dog Days of Summer Crazy Days
Friday, July 18
8am-5pm – Sidewalk Sales
8-10am – Free cookies and lemonade at Frandsen Bank
8-11am – Bake Sale by Humane Society at Kiesling Park
9-11am – Free Dog Photos by Drea at Schonlau Park
11am-1pm – Free Hot Dogs by Citizens Bank
1-3pm – Free Popcorn at Alliance Bank
2-4pm – Free demonstration by K-9 officer Juneau at Schonlau Park
Saturday, July 19
9am-5pm – Sidewalk Sales
KNUJ AM 860 roving reporter and barking contest.
Sponsored by New Ulm Business and Retail Association; newulm.com+8:00 amNew Ulm Dog Days of Summer Crazy Days
−Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown Concert6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown Concert will be held at the Gibbon City Park on Friday, July 18, beginning at 7:15pm.
Members of Saint Peter’s Church will serve hot food, cool beverages and homemade pies beginning at 6pm.+6:00 pmGibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown Concert
−Bavarian Blast 5K Run/Walk8:00 am – 1:00 pm
The New Ulm American Legion and KNUJ/SAM are the primary sponsors for this year’s Bavarian Blast 5K Walk/Run to be held Saturday, July 19. The race will begin at 9am from the New Ulm Civic Center.
Pre-registration can be found online at www.itsyourrace.com. Pre-registration participate fee is $25 and if done prior to July 5, a run/walk t-shirt is guaranteed. Registration can also be done beginning at 8am the day of the event for a $30 fee.
Teams of five or more are encouraged, and if registered by July 5, they will get their own personal color team shirt.
Proceeds from this event will go towards New Ulm American Legion Community Youth projects.
Other participating sponsors include: Nicklasson Athletic; McDonald’s; Anytime Fitness; Menards; Heart of New Ulm; New Ulm Park and Rec. Question, please call 507-276-6212.+8:00 amBavarian Blast 5K Run/Walk
−Cathedral Sonics Dance Team Car Wash11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cathedral Sonics Dance Team Car Wash Saturday, July 19, 11am-4pm at New Ulm Hy Vee.
Accepting free will donations; all donations benefit the Dance Team for new jazz uniforms.+11:00 amCathedral Sonics Dance Team Car Wash
−New Ulm Sings 20142:30 pm – 5:00 pm
A contest for Amateur Singers; ages 15-25. This will be held on Sunday, July 20, at 2:30pm, Brown County Fairgrounds during Bavarian Blast, 12th North Street, New Ulm.
To enter the competition, call Bavarian Blast at 507-359-2222.
Each city winner goes on to compete in Minnesota Sings 2014, where 1st prize is $2,500; 2nd prize $1,000 and 3rd prize is $500.+2:30 pmNew Ulm Sings 2014
−Ice Cream Social, Nicollet4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The Ice Cream Social will take place on July 23, from 4:30-7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Nicollet.
Serving: bbq’s; ham and egg salad sandwiches; baked beans; pie; cake; ice cream; root beer floats; pop and coffee.+4:30 pmIce Cream Social, Nicollet
−Fairfax Area Parkinson Group Monthly Meeting2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Fairfax Area Parkinson’s Support Group will be meeting on Thursday, July 24, at 2pm at the Fairfax Community Home in the Activity Room.
Reverend Vicki Tautges of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Fairfax will be there to provide helpful hints and information on mobility.+2:00 pmFairfax Area Parkinson Group Monthly Meeting
−Ag Water Quality Meeting, Sleepy Eye4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
All area farmers and residents with a vested interest in agriculture and water quality are invited to an important presentation on Thursday, July 24, from 4-5:30pm at the Sleepy Eye Community Center, 115 2nd Avenue NE, Sleepy Eye.
Dr. Satish Gupta, professor of soil, water and climate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Steve Commerford, independent agriculture and environmental consultant, New Ulm, will join forces in addressing proposed regulations from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that will impact farming, fertilizer and manure management practices.
The meeting is sponsored by Brown County Farm Bureau and is open to the public. There is no cost to attend.+4:00 pmAg Water Quality Meeting, Sleepy Eye
−Fiddler on the Roof, NUACT Production6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Under its new roof, the New Ulm Actors Community Theater (NUACT) will open its annual summer musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ on Thursday, July 24, for four shows in the State Street Theater located at 15 North State Street, New Ulm.
Shows are July 24, 25, 25, 26 at 7:30pm and a Sunday matinee on July 27 at 2pm. All seats are reserved and are available online at www.newulmact.com or by calling 507-359-9990,
The new box office located inside Door 7 of the theater (on the Washington Street side) is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11:30am-1:30pm. Tickets are also available at the door prior to the performance. Tickets prices are $15/main floor center section, which have the only blue padded seats. Side sections on the main floor and first balcony are $12.50. Side sections in the balcony are $10 and upper balcony seats are $7.50.+6:00 pmFiddler on the Roof, NUACT Production
−Mission of Mercy, Minnesota Dental Foundation5:30 am – 8:00 pm
July 25-26 – The Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato – the Minnesota Mission of Mercy is a community service project that will provide free dental care for the many people in Minnesota facing barriers to dental care. The event is hosted by the Minnesota Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Foundation.
Doors open at 5:30am; first come-first served. Dental services provided: cleanings; fillings; root canals on select teeth; a limited number of temporary partial dental appliances; extractions; oral hygiene instructions. Dental services NOT provided: full dentures; root canals on molars; crowns on molars; extractions of unexposed wisdom teeth; dental implants.
Visit mnmom.org. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.+5:30 amMission of Mercy, Minnesota Dental Foundation
−Social Media Breakfast, New Ulm7:30 am – 8:30 am
Social Media Breakfast will be held Friday, July 25, 7:30-8:30am at the New Ulm Country Club
How to Use Video to Enhance Your Website & Social Media Outlets – why video is important and how it can be utilized creatively will be discussed. They will also outline methods on how to create your own video content as well as how to find and work with a professional production company. Presented by Jack Beranek & John Guggisberg, Flying Buttress Media.
Free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Register at www.smbnewulm.com.+7:30 amSocial Media Breakfast, New Ulm
−Frontier Fun Kids Activities at the Mayo House11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bring the kids for some frontier fun at the W.W. Mayo House on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 25, 26 and 27. Through games and activities, family will be introduced first-hand to daily life 150 years ago.
Tour the Mayo House for an interactive experience that has special emphasis on the life of frontier children – their chores, toys and games. In the parlor, challenge a family member to a game of Ninepins or various other 1800′s period games and make a whizzing whirlgig to take home; in the kitchen, try your hand at household chores; in the family room, practice your letters and numbers assigned as schoolwork.
The W.W. Mayo House is located at 118 N. Main Street in LeSueur. Questions, contact 507-665-3250.+11:00 amFrontier Fun Kids Activities at the Mayo House
−Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown7:15 pm – 10:00 pm
The Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown concludes its 2014 summer season with a farewell community concert in Gibbon City Park on Friday, July 25, beginning at 7:15pm.
Young and old alike are invited to listen to an eclectic mix of music from big band and old-time to marches to rock and movie themes. Members of the Gibbon Book Buddies will be serving hot food, beverages and their delicious pies.+7:15 pmGibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown
−11th Annual Lafayette Tractor Pull8:30 am – 9:00 pm
11th Annual Lafayette Tractor Pull will be Saturday, July 26; weigh-in 8:30-10:30am; start 11am sharp at Main Street Lafayette by UFC Co-op
Entry is $20 per class day of event; entry is $15 per class pre-registration by July 23.
To pre-register or other questions, call Mike Haas at 507-228-8375 or 507-317-2487.+8:30 am11th Annual Lafayette Tractor Pull
−Forest Lawn Holsteins’ Open House10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Forest Lawn Holsteins’ Open House, owned by Paul, Cindy and Ashley Swenson, will be held Saturday, July 26, 10am-2pm. Address: 45672 380th Street, Nicollet, MN. Watch for signs.
Take a robotics tour and see how it all works; say hello to a Nicollet County Dairy Princess and enjoy an ice cream bar.+10:00 amForest Lawn Holsteins’ Open House
−Church of the Japanese Martyrs Dinner & Festival9:30 am – 6:00 pm
The Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth is holding their annual Parish and Harvest Festival on Sunday, July 27. They are located 10 miles southwest of Sleepy Eye on County Highway 24.
The day will begin with a 9:30am mass, followed by a buffet style chicken and ham dinner. Dinner is served 11am-1:30pm. Take out orders available. Menu: chicken, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, beverage, ice cream. Tickets prices: adults/$9; ages 6-12/$5; ages 5 & under/$1.
There will be live music, raffles, games for all ages, bingo, a country store, kids pedal pull at 2:30pm and food stand and refreshments. A softball tournament takes place the entire weekend.+9:30 amChurch of the Japanese Martyrs Dinner & Festival
−Shopping with Laura Ingalls at the Harkin Store1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
On your way to the Little House on the Prairie reunion at Walnut Grove on Sunday, July 27, stop in at the Harkin Store and see what Laura and her family would have purchased at the Oleson Mercantile. This will be taking place from 1-4pm on Sunday.
The Harkin Store, which was open during the 1870′s when Laura lived in Walnut Grove, has 40% original merchandise still on the shelves. A costumed tour of the store and story of the unique bit of history told. Enjoy old-fashioned homemade egg coffee, lemonade and samples of store goods. Extra checker boards will be available for you to challenge your friends and family.
The store is located nine miles northwest of New Ulm on Nicollet County Road 21 or the bottom road or nine miles east of Fort Ridgely. For more information, call the Harkin Store at 507-354-8666 or Nicollet County at 507-934-2160.+1:00 pmShopping with Laura Ingalls at the Harkin Store
−Courtland Fire Department/Rec. Association Night Out5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Courtland Fire Department/Rec. Association Night Out will take place Tuesday, July 29, from 5:30-8:30pm at the Courtland Ballpark.
See the firetrucks; Mayo Helicopter lands at 6pm; safety hopper (bouncy house); texting and driving course with golf carts; kids games with the Courtland 4-H; dunk tank; meet the Nicollet County Dairy Princesses.
Hot dogs/chips/cookie/lemonade available by the Rec Association+5:30 pmCourtland Fire Department/Rec. Association Night Out
−Swan Lake Lutheran Church Ice Cream Social5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Swan Lake Lutheran Church Ice Cream Social will be Wednesday, July 30, 5-7pm.
On the menu: $6/plate and includes sandwich; dessert; beverage and ice cream. Additional items: BBQ sandwich; egg salad sandwich; dessert; ice cream; coffee/lemonade.+5:00 pmSwan Lake Lutheran Church Ice Cream Social
−Music in the Park at Winthrop7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Music in the Park at Winthrop on Thursday, July 31, from 7-8:30pm.
Old time music with Concertina Jamboree featuring Dan Witeicki and other local musicians. Refreshments provided by the Winthop Senior Citizens. Bring your own lawn chair.+7:00 pmMusic in the Park at Winthrop
−‘Giant Story’ Mayo House Tour9:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Giant Story’ Mayo House Tour will take place August 1, 2 3. Find out how the Green Giant Company and Cosgrove Family relate to the historic W.W. Mayo House through a ‘Giant Story’ Tour of the 1859 Mayo Home. The tour features a collection of Green Giant Memorabilia along with an interpretation display about the Cosgrove Family and the Green Giant Connection, which explores the link between the Mayo Home and Green Giant Company.
The W.W. Mayo House is located at 118 North Main Street in LeSueur.+9:00 am‘Giant Story’ Mayo House Tour