Unfortunately with the uncertainties of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Riverfest 2020 will have to be cancelled.  Riverfest 2021 will back bigger and better than ever!

Dawson's 32nd Annual Riverfest Celebration


Check out the events for 2021.

Wednesday, June 23

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 24

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

Riverfest Kickball Tourney

Games begin at 7 p.m. at Prestholdt Fields.  Entry is 

$40 per team.  1st place $150 - 2nd place $50 - 3rd

place $40.  Must be 18 or older to play.  Contact Chris

Schacherer 507-829-1101 to register

Friday, June 25

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
1pm. Tee off, 4 person team, cost $25/person. Must register with Josh, 769-2908.

The Dawson Bank Musuem
Will be open from 12-3pm on Friday and 10am-2pm on Saturday. 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.  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!

Gnome Unveiling Ceremony

6:30pm 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 of the 2021 Gnome with memories shared
       Gnome Style. Click here to read his story.
  •    Scout Feed 5-7pm.
  •    Gnome Donuts and Coffee During unveiling ceremonies. Sold by Gnome Committee.

Riverfest Talent Show
Riverside Park following Gnome Unveiling Ceremony. Prize for 1st, 2nd, 3rd. $200 top prize  For entry info contact Deb Breberg at Breberg Agency @ 320-769-2088

Slow-pitch Men'sSoftball Tournament and Co-ed Softball Tournament
6pm at Prestholdt Fields.  Teams: Contact Mark Berglund @ 320-226-4099. DJ & Beer Garden.

Baseball Game
Dawson Drakes vs. Madison Mallards. 8pm on Nelson Field

 Hilltop Bar & Grill Dance - Hicktown Mafia
 9 pm-1 am  $10 cover charge.  Advance tickets available at the Hilltop for just $7 each

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

Featuring: Wreck it Ralph 2



Saturday, June 26

12th Annual Riverfest 5K Fun Run and 2 Mile Trail Walk

8:00 a.m. at the Dawson City Building.  New Day and Time.  Can Pre-register Friday, June 28th  from 5:30-7:00 p.m. and Saturday Morning June 29th @ 7:00 a.m. at the Dawson City Building.  Proceeds go to support LQPV/DB Cross Country Program.  For More Info Contact Jon Kvaal @ 320-769-2949 or 320-841-1735 or email: kvaals@hotmail.com



Fishing Contest

Register @ 8:00 a.m. Riverside Park 2:00 p.m. bring catch to Riverside Park.

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

                                            Largest Northern

                                            Largest Walley

                                            Largest Catfish

Coordinators:  Jeri and Terry Popma 320-226-9735

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

9am-12pm. Senior Citizen Center

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

25th Annual Tim Lee 3 on 3 Boys & Girls Basketball Tourney
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.

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.

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

Kid’s Water Bounce Houses & Inflatables
2pm at Veterans Park.

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

 7:00pm, Memorial Auditorium. Tickets $30 adult or $10 student.  Reserve Seating.  www.dawsonboydarts.com or Phone: 320-312-2311

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


Sunday, June 27

Girls High School Fast-pitch Softball Tournament

 starting at 10am at Prestholdt Fields


Sunday, June 27th, 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 Andrea Lee 320-226-7660

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. @ Hilltop Bar & Grill. Served by American Legion. Tickets $8.00, children under age 5 free.

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.


Contact Info

Terry Overlander
Chamber Director
P.O. Box 382
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