Johnny CashRiverfest 2023 Wed. June 21-June 25th 

  The 35th Annual Riverfest Celebration


Watch for  events for 2023.

Wednesday, June 21

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 22  

JMHS KIDS TRIATHLON/OBSTACLE COURSE- 5:30pm start at the Swimming Pool.  More information to come.  Competition for Kids age 5-11.  All participants will receive a participation goodie bag and t-shirt.

JMHS 5K Fun Run & 2 Mile Trail Walk- 6pm For grades 7-12 and adults.  Route will be determined at a later date due to ongoing road construction.  Please check the City of Dawson website, the Dawson Riverfest Facebook page, and the Dawson Sentinel for 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 Collin Kor 507-828-6933 to register

Agape Singers Worship Service

7:00 pm at Grace Lutheran Church


Friday, June 23

Dawson Co-op Credit Union 18-hole Golf Tourney
12:30pm. Tee off, bring your own 4 person team, cost $25/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.

Minnwest Bank Coin Dig & Root Beer Floats-Noon-1 pm in Minnwest Parking Lot.  Sand coin dig for ages 1-10.  3 age catagories.

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.

Slow-pitch Softball Tournaments - Men's & Co-ed Tourney at 7 pm at Prestholdt Fields.  Dawson Fire Department Beer Gardens open during games.  Contact Jordan Bothun 320-226-4072 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, $5 Admission Riverfest button

  •    Music by Dr. G’s Bowtie Brass starting at 5:45pm
  •    Flag Raising by American Legion and VFW
  •    Unveiling of 2023 Gnome
  •   Robotics Feed- 5:30-7:00pm.  Hot Dogs/Chips/Beverage
  •    Gnome Donuts-5:30-7pm

 Rusty Duck Dance - D.J. Darin Prestholdt (No Cover Charge)

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



Saturday, June 24

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

3-on-3 Basketball  9:30 am at Swimming Pool Park.  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.


Dawson-Boyd Band Fundraiser

10am-3pm at Swimming Pool Park.  Children's Carnival, Silent Auction, Bake Sale,  & Dunk Tank.

Riverfest Craft, Vendor, & Flea Market- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Dawson 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 over 30 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-Kenny Ahern Physical Comedy (Family Event)

1pm East of Prestholdt Fields.  Presented by the DB Arts Association.


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

DBAA presents "The Ultimate Johnny Cash Interactive Show" Folsom Prison Experience

7pm at DB Memorial Auditorium Presented by the Dawson Boyd Arts Association.  Tickets available on-line @ https://dawsonboydartsmn.org Adults $30 Students $10. Sponsored by Dawson Co-op Credit Union and Dawson Chamber

Hilltop Dance & Fireman's Raffle
 Featuring Hicktown Mafia, 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 25

Legion Pancake Feed-9am @ Hilltop Bar & Grill & Event Center

 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 Lee Motor Company. Stop by before and after the church service. Exhibitors welcome. Contact Merle Malecek, 320-769-2303

Ecumenical Church Service in the Park
11am at Swimming Pool 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 Starting @ 1pm.  Line up at the Golf Course parking lot.   **Note Route Change do to road construction**   Please check the City of Dawson website, the Dawson Riverfest Facebook page and the Dawson Sentinel for parade route. 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 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 and Minnwest Bank

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.

Beer garden available all weekend at Prestholdt Fields sponsored by the Dawson Fire Department.

Contact Info

Terry Overlander
Chamber Director
P.O. Box 382
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