2024 Wed. June 26-June 30th 

  The 36th Annual Riverfest Celebration


Wednesday, June 26

Minnwest Bank Kid's Treasure Hunt and Root Beer Floats - 5pm to 6 pm at the Dawson Swimming Pool Parking lot  located at 123 1st Street.  Age Catagories 1 to 3 years, 4 to 6 years, and 7 to 10 years.  For more information visit at www.minnwestbank.com  

Baseball Merchant’s Night
DB 7th & 8th grade BB Game at 4:30pm vs Granite Falls , Dawson Drakes vs Rosen Express at 8:00pm.  Both Games played on Nelson Field.  Merchant's giveaways throughout the Drakes  game.


Thursday, June 27 

JMHS KIDS TRIATHLON/OBSTACLE COURSE- 5:00pm check-in with 5:30pm start start at the Swimming Pool.  Competition for Kids age 5-11.  Cost is $15/participant.  All participants will receive a goodie bag and t-shirt.  Please visit www.jmhsmn.org for more information.

JMHS 5K Fun Run & 2 Mile Trail Walk- 6pm check-in with 6:30pm start near Swimming Pool Park.  For ages12 and up.  $15/particiant.  All participants will receive a t-shirt and post-run hydration.  Please visit www.jmhs.org for more information, starting point and route updates. 

Riverfest Kickball Tourney

Games begin at 6 pm at Prestholdt Fields.  Entry is $50 per team.  1st place $150 - 2nd place $75 - 3rd place $50.  Must be 21 years or older to play.  Contact Keith Abraham to register.

Teen Dance Featuring  "The Stitches Band" in the City Building Parking Lot


Friday, June 28

Greater Community Credit Union 18-hole Golf Tourney 12:30pm. Tee off, bring your own 4 person team, cost $35/person. Must register with Josh, 769-2908.

Tim's Food Pride Appreciation Lunch-11am-1pm Serving Hamburgers & Hot Dogs with beans, chips, watermelon and Beverage for $5.

Canoe Races
3:30pm. 2-person teams. Registration fee is the $5 price of a Riverfest button.  Three Divisions:  Grade 5-8; Grade 9-12; 18 and older.  Prizes awarded in Chamber Bucks.  Meet at the walking bridge dock.  Canoes provided.  Lifejackets required. Coordinated by Greg Wyum, 320-226-0229.

Co-Ed Slow-pitch Softball Tournaments - Men's & Co-ed Tourney at 7 pm at Prestholdt Fields. $100 Registration fee.  100% payout.  Dawson Fire Department Beer Gardens open during games.  Contact Josh Lanphear at 320-841-1310 to register.

Baseball Game -  Jr. Legion vs. Madison at 5:00 p.m.  Drakes vs Cottonwood at 8:00 pm.  Both Games at Nelson Field.

 Unveiling Ceremony -   

6:30pm at the Swimming Pool Park Main Shelter, $5 Admission Riverfest button

  •    Music by Dr. G’s Bowtie Brass starting at 5:45pm
  •    Flag Raising by American Legion and VFW
  •    Unveiling of 2024 Gnome memories shared Gnome Style.
  •   Robotics Feed- 5:30-7:00pm.  Serving Hot Dogs/Chips/Dessert/Beverage for $6.
  •    Gnome Donuts-5:30-7pm
  •   PBS Documentary Screening "Minnesota Alt Meat"  following the Gnome Unveiling

 Rusty Duck Live Music - D.J. Darin Prestholdt 7:00 pm at the Rusty Duck (No Cover Charge)

More info on Dawson Gnomes at www.gnomedaws.com or facebook.com/gnomesdaws



Saturday, June 29

Fishing Contest- 8am-2pm at Riverside Park,  Registration fee is a Riverfest Button.  Fish on the LQP River and bring your catch to Riverside Park at 2 pm Saturday to be weighed with Terry & Jeri Popma. Prizes - $25 Bonus Bucks (1 prize per winner)  Largest Walleye, Largest Northern and Largest Catfish Coordinators:  Jeri and Terry Popma 320-226-9735

JMHS Color Run - 7:30-8:15 am registration.  Race Starts at 8:30 am at Swimming Pool Park.  For Ages 12 and up.  $15/participant.  All participants will receive a t-shirt and post-run hydration.  Please visit www.jmhsmn.org for more information, starting point and route updates.

Kids Pedal Pull - 7:30-8:15 am check-in on Main Street.

3-on-3 Basketball  9:30 am at Swimming Pool Park basketball courts.  Registration at 9:30 am with tournament to start at 10:00 am. $20 per team

Slow-pitch Softball Tournaments - starting at 9 am at Prestholdt Fields. Co-Ed continues and Men's tournament starts.  No registration fee for men's tournament.  Contact Josh Lanphear at 320-841-1310 to register.

Dawson-Boyd Band Fundraiser - 10am-3pm  There will be  Children's Carnival, Silent Auction, Bake Sale,  & Dunk Tank.

Riverfest Craft, Vendor, & Flea Market- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and because of the weather it will be moved to the Dawson/Boyd Community Center, Exhibitors are welcome!  Bring your tables, and chairs for more information or to reserve a spot call Pat @ 320-226-0530.  Right now we have 60 vendors with papparazi, Tupperware, Thirty one bags, pampered chef, tastefully simple, metal arts, wood art, gnomes, diamond arts, sewing, crochet items, Karma Korn and more, still room for more and a must visit!

Dawson Senior Bingo- 10am-3pm at Small Shelter at Swimming Pool Park

DBAA Family Entertainment- "The Bubbler" (Family Event) FREE! 1:00pm at the Swimming Pool Park Presented by the DB Arts Association.  Big Bubbles, small Bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles!

The Gnome Flop Competition - 12:30 at the Swimming Pool.  Belly Flop?Splash Contest.

The Amazing Race - 3 pm Proceeds going to the Spanish Club

Corn-Hole Tourney- 3pm at Presdholt Fields.  $20 per team with 100% payout.  Sign up at the Softball Fields.

DBAA presents "A Tribute toThe Carpenters" - 7pm at DB Memorial Auditorium.  Aimee Lee and the Superstars present a stunning tribute to the timeless music of the Carpenters.  Presented by the Dawson Boyd Arts Association.  Reserved Seating. Tickets available on-line @ https:www.dawsonboydartspresents.org or by calling320-312-2311  $35 adults, $10 Students  Sponsored by Greater Community Credit Union and the Dawson Chamber.

Hilltop Dance & Fireman's Raffle
 Featuring Whiskey Rocks, 9pm-1am.  Advance Tickets available at the Hilltop for $10 each or $15 at the door.  Firemen's CASH RAFFLE drawing at 8pm. Tickets available from local firefighters.


Sunday, June 30th

Legion Pancake Feed- Chris Cakes - 9am-12:30pm @ Hilltop Bar & Grill & Event Center Sponsored by the American Legion. $10/person (adults) - $8/person (10 yrs & under) proceeds will stay local.

 Softball Tournament - starting at 10am at Prestholdt Fields

RIVERFEST CO-ED SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT- 10:00 a.m. at the sand volleyball court-swimming pool park.  Entry $30 per team 6 person team (subs are allowed)  Teams on the court must be co-ed at all times.  3 game matches, best 2 of 3  Double elimination Tournament.  1st Prize $60 2nd Prize $40 3rd Prize $20  to sign up contact Hailey Gritmacker 507-829-2237

Antique Tractor, Car, & Motorcycle Display
10am at Lee Motor Company. Stop by before and after the church service. Exhibitors welcome. Door Prizes and Awards for top entries.  Contact Merle Malecek, 320-769-2303 or John Harker at 320-226-3144.

Ecumenical Church Service in the Park
11am at Swimming Pool Park small shelter. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy fellowship in the park. Offering to go to "Backpack for Jacks" meal program for children and area food shelf.  Coordinated by Dawson-Boyd Ministerial.

Ballons by Kevin - 1-4pm in front of the Dawson Public Library.  "The Midwest's Premier Ballon Artist" will be on hand to make FREE balloon art for all ages.

Riverfest Grand Parade
2pm. Line up Starting @ 1pm.  Line up at the Golf Course parking lot.   **Note Route Change do to road construction**   The new Riverfest Parade Route as of 6/16/23 will be starting at the Golf Course and then going Locust Street to 7th Street, 7th Street to Pine Street, up Pine Street and back to the Golf Course. No registration required.  Coordinated by the Dawson-Boyd Police Department

Golf Association 3 person Golf Scramble- 3 pm - 3 peraon, par 3 golf tournament (after the parade) Hosted by Dawson Golf Association.  Golf Cart Raffle drawing 5 pm.  (Need not be Present to win) Dawson Golf Course 1300 Walnut Street.


Show your support for Riverfest and help keep our activity list full by purchasing:Riverfest Buttons available for $5 at Dawson Coop Credit Union and Minnwest Bank and Hilltop.  Buttons are used for admittance to some events and registration for the Riverfest Drawing. Chance to win great prizes including a Mall of America Package Donated by Q92 Radio.

Dawson Gnome T-shirts available for $15 at Dawson Co-op Credit Union and Minnwest Bank.  Orders can also be placed on-line at: www.jims-clothing.printavo.com/merch/riverfest-2023

28th Annual Gnometown Raffle- a chance to win top prize of $1000 Cash, additional cash prizes, too.  Drawing to be held Saturday, November 4th during the Chamber Extravaganza.  Tickets are $20 each, need not be present to win and are available at many Dawson Area Businesses.  Please help support the Dawson Chamber of Commerce.

All events are subject to change.  For up-to-date information or weather related changes, check out our Facebook page, website or follow us on Twitter.  http://dawsonmn.com  https://www.facebook.com/DawsonRiverfest KLQP Q92 92.1 FM KDMA/KMGM/KKRC 

Shop Dawson for great deals, sales and prizes.

Foodstands available all weekend in ball parks and swimming pool park area.

Beer Garden available all weekend at Prestholdt Fields sponsored by Dawson Fire Department

We are excited about the improvements in our community!

Foodstands available all weekend in ball parks and swimming pool park area.

Contact Info

Terry Overlander
Chamber Director
P.O. Box 382
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