Dawson Riverfest 2022 is On!!  

Wed. June 22-June 26th 

  The 33rd Annual Riverfest Celebration


Watch for  events for 2022.

Wednesday, June 22

Baseball Merchant’s Night
DB 7th & 8th grade BB Game at 5:30pm. Dawson vs Minneota, Dawson Drakes vs Minneota Mudhens at 7:30pm.  Both Games played on Nelson Field


Thursday, June 23   

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 Chris Schacherer 507-829-1101 to register


Friday, June 24

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

Dawson Co-op Credit Union 18-hole Golf Tourney
12:30pm. Tee off, 4 person team, cost $25/person. Must register with Josh, 769-2908.

Meet "Governor Ted's Wife" Friday at 10 am & 1 pm and again 10 am on Saturday at the Dawson Bank Museum.  For private tours throughout the weekend call Janet at 320-269-1443.

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.  Meet at the walking bridge dock.  Canoes provided.  Lifejackets required. Coordinated by Greg Wyum, 320-226-0229.

Slow-pitch Softball Tournaments - Men's & Co-ed Tourney at 7 pm at Prestholdt Fields.  Contact Jordan Bothun 320-226-4072

Baseball Game - Jr. Legion vs Cottonwood at 5 pm.  Dawson Drakes vs Madison Mallards at 8 pm on Nelson Field

 Unveiling Ceremony

6:00pm at Riverside Park, $5 Admission Riverfest button

  •    Music by Dr. G’s Bowtie Brass starting at 5:45pm
  •    Flag Raising by American Legion and VFW
  •    The unveiling
  •    Scout Feed 5-7pm.  Hamburger/Chips/Beverage
  • Agape Singers following unveiling ceremonies

 Hilltop Bar & Grill Dance -
 9 pm-1 am  $10 cover charge.  Advance tickets available at the Hilltop for just $7 each.  Chamber Gnoetown Raffle Drawing for a chance to win a Traeger Pellet Grill, 1/4 Beef, and Gnometown Riverfest Quilt   Tickets $10 ea.  Need not be present to win.  Tickets available at the Hilltop.



Saturday, June 25

5K Fun Run & 2 Mile Trail Walk

8:00 am start. Registration 5-6 pm Friday, June 25th at Riverside Park or at 7:30 am Saturday Morning June 26th @ 7:00 a.m. at the Dawson City Building.  Cost is $5/person or $17 for Race & T-Shirt.  Fundraiser for LQPV/DB Cross Country Program.  For More Info Contact Jesi Martinson @ 320-841-1015 or riverfestfunrun@gmail.com



Fishing Contest

Register @ 8am-2pm at Riverside Park,  Registration fee is a Riverfest Button.  Fish on th LQP River and bring your catch to Riverside Park by 2 pm to be weighed.

                              Prizes - $25 Bonus Bucks (1 prize per winner)

                                             Largest Walleye, Largest Northern and Largest Catfish

Coordinators:  Jeri and Terry Popma 320-226-9735 and Terry Overlander

Slow-pitch Softball Tournaments - starting at 9 am.

Kid’s Bounce Houses & Rock Climbing Wall - from 9:30am-Noon in Swimming Pool Park,  Rock Climbing Wall Provided by the Minnesota National Guard.

Riverfest 3 on 3 Boys & Girls Basketball Tourney
10am at Swimming Pool Park Basketball Court.  $30 per team. Divisions by grades: 3&4, 5&6, 7&8, 9-12, & adults. Register at 9:30am. Hosted by Jack Attack Booster Club.


Vendor's Fair/Flea Market

Vendors, Crafters, and Flea Market 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dawson Swimming Pool Park, Bring your tables, and chairs for more information or to reserve a spot call Pat @ 320-226-0530



1pm-8pm at Aquatic Center. Sponsored by Dawson Co-op Credit Union & The City of Dawson. 

Riverfest Skeet Shoot

2pm @ Dawson Shooting Range.  $25 Entry Fee.  Bring your gun and shells.  100% Payout.  Must have completed firearm safety course to participate.  Contact Darin Plessner @ 507-829-6058 or Dale Breberg @ 320-979-6146 with questions.


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


Rusty Duck Dance
8pm – 12am at The Rusty Duck Featuring. $5 cover.  Firemen's CASH RAFFLE drawing at 11pm. Tickets available from local firefighters.


Sunday, June 26

 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 $20 per team 4 person team (subs are allowed) at least one member of the opposite sex must be playing 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 Veterans Park. Stop by before and after the church service. Exhibitors welcome. Contact Merle Malecek, Rick Stulz or Jim Heinrich. Concessions provided by the Boy Scouts from 10am-1pm.

Ecumenical Church Service in the Park
11am at Veterans Park. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy fellowship in the park. 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.  Coordinated by the Dawson-Boyd Police Department


Show your support for Riverfest and help keep our activity list full by purchasing:

Riverfest Buttons available for $5 at participating businesses and from Riverfest Committee Members. Buttons are used for admittance to some events and registration for the Riverfest Drawing.

Riverfest insulated glass with straw available for $10 at Dawson Co-op Credit Union and from Riverfest Committee Members Minnwest Johnson Memorial

Dawson Gnome T-shirts available for $15 at Dawson Co-op Credit Union.

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


Contact Info

Terry Overlander
Chamber Director
P.O. Box 382
Visit Website

Extravaganza Raffle