2024 Wed. June 26-June 30th 

  The 36th Annual Riverfest Celebration       www.exploreminnesota.com/


Wednesday, June 26

Tim's Food Pride Appreciation Lunch-11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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
5 p.m.-DB 7-8th Grade Dirt Devils: Dawson 1 vs. Dawson 2

8 p.m.-Dawson Drakes host Minneota Mudhens   Both Games played on Nelson Field.  Merchant Giveaways throughout the Drakes Game.


Thursday, June 27

LQP Co-op Oil Company Root Beer Floats - 11 a.m.-4 p.m.- in front of the Shop/Office

JMHS KIDS TRIATHLON/OBSTACLE COURSE- Due to the Weather it has been moved to Stevens Elementary.  Pleae use the old school office doors.  Registration is at 5:00pm.  Competition for Kids age 5-11.  Cost is $10/participant.  All participants will receive a goodie bag and t-shirt.  Please visit www.jmhsmn.org for more information.

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.  Contact Keith Abraham at 320-226-0685 to register.

Teen Dance with Live Music Featuring  "The Stitches Band"  in the City Building starting at  8:00 pm. - 18 years and under Pop provided by LQP Co-op Oil Co.


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.

Canoe Races-3 p.m.- 2-person teams. Registration is 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 -  Drakes vs Appleton "A's" at 8:00 pm.  at Nelson Field.

 Gnome Unveiling Ceremony - 6:30 - Dan and Luanne Fondell 

 at the Swimming Pool Park Main Shelter, 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.  View the half-hour television special airing nationwide on the World Channel.  Learn how the people of Dawson have been on the front lines of meatless meat since the 1950's!

 Rusty Duck Live Music - D.J. Darin Prestholdt 7:30 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 City Hall.  For Ages 12 and up.  $20/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 - 9:00-9:30am check-in on Main Street.  For ages 3-11 years old.  Come check out the farm equipment as well.  Sposored by Titan Machinery

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

Permanent Jewelry at Gnometown Grounds - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Gnome Painting - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Under red awning on Main Street

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, Cotton Candy, Bounce House, Silent Auction, Bake Sale,  & Dunk Tank.  New this year - Bingo!

Gnomes Need New Homes - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - At The Swimming Pool Park.  DB Arts Association's gnome-pull fundraiser.  Come Roll the Dice ($25/roll), pick your gnome and take it home.  Each Gnome is accompanied by a gift/gift card.

Riverfest Craft, Vendor, & Flea Market- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Swimming Pool Park.  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!

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 Bubbler - 1:00 pm at the Swimming Pool Park.  Free Family Event presented by the Dawson Boyd Arts Association.  Big Bubbles, Small Bubbles, Bubbles inside Bubbles! Sponsored by Minnwest Bank and Dawson Riverfest

Dawson Fire Department Water Fights - 3 p.m.- 1st Street - $25/team - Text Jake to register 320-226-1623

Blackjacks Amazing Race - 4 - 7 p.m.  Starting at the DBHS Ag Shop.  Waiver and Fee Due June 27th at DBHS Office.  Proceeds going to the Spanish Club.

Rusty Duck Live Music - Featuring Neon Gypsy from 6-9pm.  No Cover Charge.

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. $12 person (5 yrs & under FREE) All You Can Eat!  proceeds will stay local.

Men's Slow-pitch Softball Tournament - starting at 10am at Prestholdt Fields

Antique Tractor, Car, & Motorcycle Display
10am at Vetran's Park. Exhibitors welcome. Door Prizes and Awards for top entries.  Food Vendors available on site Contact John Harker at 320-226-3144.

Ecumenical Church Service in the Park
11am at Vetran's Park.  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.

Tablescape Tea - 3 - 5 p.m. at Dawson City Building.  Get Entertaining ideas and vote for your favorite display.  $10 Admission includes refreshments and commemorative booklet.  Sponsored by the DB Arts Association.

Riverfest Grand Parade
2pm. Line up Starting @ 1pm.  Line up at the Golf Course parking lot.   Please check the Dawson Riverfest Facebook Page of parade route.  No registration required.  Coordinated by the Dawson-Boyd Police Department

Golf Association 3 person Golf Scramble- 3 pm - 3 person, par 3 golf tournament (after the parade) Hosted by Dawson Golf Association.  Cash Raffle drawing at 5:30 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 Greater Community Credit Union and Minnwest Bank. 

29th Annual Gnometown Raffle- a chance to win top prize of $1000 Cash, additional cash prizes, too.  Drawing to be held Saturday, November 2nd.  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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