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2018 Riverfest is June 20-24th.

Watch for more details!


Join the fun in Gnometown June 21st – June 25th, 2017!

Wednesday, June 21

Baseball Merchant’s Night
DB 3rd & 4th grade play at 5:30pm. Dawson Drakes vs Minneota Mudhens at 7:30pm on Nelson Field


Thursday, June 22

Meal at Tim’s Food Pride
11:00am-1:00pm serving Hotdog, Chips, Watermelon & Beverage for $3. Bounce House from 11am-1pm.      

5K Fun Run & 2 Mile Trail Walk
7pm start. Registration at 5pm in City Building. Cost is $5/person or $17 for Race & T-shirt. Fundraiser for Cross Country Program, Contact Jon or Kristi Kvaal at 320-769-2949.

Agape Service
7:30 pm at Grace Lutheran

Youth Street Dance
D.A.R.E. to Dance with the LQPSO. City Building Parking Lot. Open to all ages 8pm-Midnight.


Friday, June 23

Youth Trap Shoot
9–11am.  Must have gun safety to shoot. Parents Welcome. Prizes. Contact Damian Coyour 320-815-1761. Sponsored by Pheasants Forever.

Dawson Co-op Credit Union 18-holeGolf Tourney
1pm. Tee off, 3-draw scramble, cost $25/person. Must register with Josh, 769-2908.

Canoe Races
3:30pm. 2-person teams. Registration fee is the $5 price of a Riverfest button.  Prizes.  Meet at the walking bridge dock.  Canoes provided.  Lifejackets required. Coordinated by Greg Wyum, 320-226-0229. Come down to watch the Dawson Police Dept challenge the Dawson Fire Dept!

Boat Parade
5pm. Anything that floats is eligible! Be creative to win a prize. Meet at the walking bridge dock. Lifejackets required. Prizes for top three.

Gnome Unveiling Ceremony

6:30pm atRiverside Park, $5 Admission Riverfest button.

  •    Music by Dr. G’s Bowtie Brass starting at 5:45pm
  •    Flag Raisingby American Legion and VFW
  •    Unveiling of 2017 Gnome honoring Virgil Thompson with memories shared Gnome Style.
  •    Scout Feed 5-7pm.
  •    Gnome Donuts and Coffee During unveiling ceremonies. Sold by Gnome Committee.

Talent Show & MN Sings Vocal Contest
Riverside Park following Gnome Unveiling Ceremony. Prize for 1st, 2nd, 3rd. For entry info contact Alicia at

Slow-pitch Softball Tournaments
6pm at Prestholdt Fields. DJ & Beer Garden.

Garage Dwellers Street Dance
 9 pm-1 am Dawson VFW. $8 cover charge.

Movie in the Park
Grab a blanket or lawn chair and come enjoy a free outdoor movie at RiversidePark.  Begins after sunset (Approximately 9:45pm). Sponsored by JMHS & Minnwest Bank.

Featuring: The Wild Life.


Saturday, June 24

Slow-pitch Softball Tournaments
9am start at Prestholdt Fields. DJ & Beer Garden

Fishing Contest
8am–2pm.Register with Dean @320-226-1356. Registration fee is a Riverfest button. Fish on LQP River and bring in your catch at 2pm Saturday to be weighed.  Prizes awarded in Dawson Bonus Bucks.  

Riverfest Flea Market
8am–1pm along Main Street.  Outdoor spaces only. Please register with John Nevins @ 320-250-4193. 

9am-12pm. Senior Citizen Center

1892 First National Bank Building Open House
Come in and see what’s happening at Dawson’s future Bank Museum from 9am-12pm.

Kid’s Bounce Houses & Inflatables
9:30am-1pm in Swimming Pool Park sponsored by JMHS.

National Guard Rock Climbing Wall
In the swimming pool park from 10am-12pm.

Dawson Block Party
Shop Dawson for great deals, sales and prizes!

Co-Ed Sand Volleyball Tournament
9am at Sand Volleyball Court by the Swimming Pool Park. $75 per team. 4 people min. per team; 1 girl on each team required/playing at all times. Double Elimination; Max of 8 teams in tournament.  Prizes.  Contact Ashley Bothun at 320-226-6287.

Tim Lee 3 on 3 Basketball
10am at Swimming Pool Park Basketball Court. Divisions by grades: 3&4, 5&6, 7&8, 9-12, & adults. Register at 9:30am. Hosted by Jack Attack Booster Club. 

Kid’s Pedal Pull
10am by swimming pool. Ages 4-11. Registration begins at 9:30am. In case of rain, event will be held at Dawson Fire Hall. Sponsored by Minnwest Bank.

JMHS Foundation Ice Cream Social
Please join us during Riverfest at the Dawson City Park for an Ice Cream Social. Get the “scoop” on the building project and the "Caring for our Community" campaign.

1pm-8pm at Aquatic Center.

Kid’s Water Bounce Houses & Inflatables
1pm at Veterans Park.

Kids Water Fights
1pm at Veterans Park.  Ages 5+. All are Welcome!

Fire Fighter Water Fights
3pm at Veterans Park.  Area fire departments competing. 

Fast-pitch Softball
Tournament starting at 6pm. Prestholdt Fields. DJ & Beer Gardens

Lawnmower Pull
6pm by R.B. Clay Field.  $5/hook. Coordinator Tim Stensrud.

Bravo & Beyond!
7:30pm, Memorial Auditorium. Our Dawson-Boyd students and alumni showcasing their talents.

Rusty Duck Dance from 8pm –12am featuring Canyon Cowboys at The Rusty Duck. $5 cover.  CASH RAFFLE drawing at 11pm. Tickets available from local firefighters.


Sunday, June 25

Fast-pitch Softball
Tournament starting at 10am at Prestholdt Fields.

Antique Tractor, Car, & Motorcycle Display
10am at Veterans Park. Stop by before and after the church service. Exhibitors welcome. Contact Paul Strand, 320-855-2394. Concessions provided by the Boy Scouts from 10am-1pm.

Dad’s Belgian Waffle Feed
10am–1pm. Dawson VFW Post. Served by American Legion. Advance tickets $7, same day $7.50, children under age 5 free.

Ecumenical Church Service in the Park
11am at Veterans Park with Cedar Creek Gospel Band.  Bring lawn chairs. Offering to go to the Dawson Area Food Shelf. Coordinated by Dawson-Boyd Ministerial.

Riverfest Grand Parade
2pm. Line up starts at 1pm in Golf Course parking lot. No registration required. 


Riverfest T-shirt Contest

contest flyer

Each year at Riverfest we introduce a new t-shirt design. This year we want YOU to design it. Designs must be submitted on-line or at the Chamber Office by Friday, June 9 at 4:00 pm. The winner will be announced at the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, June 23 at 6:30 pm at Riverside Park. All contestants are encouraged to attend.

Official Contest Rules

I have read the OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES for the Dawson Riverfest T-Shirt Design contest and I agree to all the rules and regulations of the contest as outlined below:

  1. All entries must be original creations of the contestant, has never been published, and does not contain profanity, trademarks, logos, or copyrighted works of any other person or business. Design must be a 1-color design that will be located on the front of the shirt only. Limited to two entries per person.

  2. The winning design will remain the property of the Dawson Chamber, and will not be returned to you. The Dawson Chamber may use the winning design at any time after the contest. The winning design may display their own design in a portfolio or personal collection, but may not sell or reproduce the design for any other purpose once submitted to the contest.

  3.  The prize is $100.00 in Dawson Chamber Bucks and a free t-shirt.

  4. The entries must be received online at or dropped off at the Chamber Office located in the NE corner of the Minnwest Bank building at 579 Pine Street Dawson, MN 56232 by 4:00 pm on Friday, June 9, 2017. 

  5. Form of Entries: 
    The entry should be accompanied by your name and contact information.

    The entry may be drawn or printed on 8-1/2” x 11” paper or the entry may be any of the following art file formats if submitted electronically: .AI, .JPG, .PDF, .PNG or .PSD. (Dimensions: 12" x 12")


By submitting a contest entry I hereby assign any and all rights in the intellectual property of this entry to Dawson Chamber of Commerce. I agree that the entry I submit becomes your property and that the entry will not be returned to me.

I state that this entry is my own original creation and that I did not copy anyone else's work in creating this contest entry. I agree that if I have copied anyone else’s work in preparing this entry, and if I win this contest, I will pay back the award to you and will defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Dawson Chamber of Commerce and their respective officers, directors, employees, against and from any loss, debt, liability, damage, obligation, claim, demand, judgment or settlement of any nature or kind, known or unknown, liquidated or unliquidated, including without limitation, all reasonable costs and expenses incurred including all reasonable litigation costs and attorneys’ fees arising out of or relating to claims, complaint, action, proceeding or suit of a third party, that arise or relate in whole or part to the contestant’s entry.

I agree that if I win the contest, I authorize the use by you, without additional compensation, of my name and likeness or photograph for promotional purposes in any manner and in any medium (including without limitation the Internet, written or email communications, brochures, videos, slides, radio, television, film) that you deem appropriate.

I agree that if I win this contest, the $100.00 in Dawson Chamber Bucks is fair and adequate compensation for my contest entry.