Join us for the Big River’s biggest night as we celebrate the myriad ways in which the river sparks imagination, catalyzes action and inspires us to dream of a future where its waters run wild and clean. From our historic venue on the Minneapolis riverfront, we’ll savor refreshments and seasonal fare, and enjoy a river-themed auction, live music and interactive learning exhibits.
This year’s festivities will feature the stories of our hopes and dreams for the river, and the work we’re spearheading in pursuit of these dreams. The stories will be told by Friends of the Mississippi River’s own staff and program participants — the people on the front lines of our critical work who daily dream of a brighter future for our river and river communities, and whose imaginations, skill and effort drive those dreams closer to reality.
Established in 1997 when we cut our very first corn maze, Sever’s Festivals is now a full portfolio of family-friendly events put on year-round on our 100-acre grounds in Shakopee, Minnesota. From our flagship Fall Festival to seasonal light shows and more, Sever’s Festivals is where families come to make memories and establish traditions for years to come.
Mark your calendar for a season of fresh air activities and events from Sever’s, starting with the 2022 Sever’s Fall Festival. This year’s maze theme is Harvest Season and will include images and information about traditional farming operations during the fall season for crops like grains, pumpkins and apples. Maze signs will be about where and how food is grown, when it is harvested, and the trade routes that it follows.
As always, the corn maze is just the beginning of the activities included in the Fall Festival Admission!
The La Crescent Apple Festival is held each year to celebrate the apple industry and the history of this community and will be held Thursday, September 15th thru Sunday, September 17th. The fest grounds are at Abnet Field on the south side of the city. There will be entertainment, a golf tournament, arts and craft show, car show, flea market, and of course, apple pies! There are orchard tours available on Saturday afternoon and the grand finale is the King Apple Parade on Sunday afternoon.
The La Crescent Apple Festival was founded in September 1949 by Ralph Jones and Mel Hickenbotham, with the purpose of promoting La Crescent, its apple industry, and “putting La Crescent on the map”.
The initial planning session was held just two weeks prior to the fest. The first Apple Festival was a huge success, drawing a crowd of nearly 20,000 people and was just a sample of what was to come, as the festivals have grown in size and quality every year.
The Apple Festival was incorporated in 1958 with a seven-member board. It has grown to allow for a maximum board of 42. Each years’ board is listed below.
Apple Festival Inc. is a not-for-profit organization. Board members donate their time and pay their own expenses. All profits made from the festivals are given back to the community for various projects.
The Apple Festival, Inc. was instrumental in the building of the swimming pool and the youth hockey warming house. They have purchased beepers for the fire department, playground equipment, build a tennis court, and other numerous projects.
Famous banquet speakers over the years have included visits by ABC news broadcaster Paul Harvey in 1957 and 1961. In addition to Paul’s visit in 1961, Minnesota Governor Elmer Anderson and Miss USA, Minnesota’s Barbara Peterson also attended.
The LqP County Fair is run by a group of volunteer board members that donate their time, energy and efforts year round to ensure that this four day event is a fun and memorable experience for everyone!
The first Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival took place in 2002 after a year’s worth of hard work and preparations by dedicated Twin Ports Rotarians. In our first year, we had over 70 teams and had such a good time we just had to do it again…and we’ve been doing just that ever since!
THE RACE LOCATION
On August 26th & 27th located at the head of Lake Superior, this 400-meter race is a straight course that takes place in the Superior Bay off of Barkers Island. The water between the island and the mainland provides an ideal venue for the race, and historic Barker’s Island is a terrific staging area for not only the race but is also a recreational park for local residents.
There is ample space for spectators and all the activities associated with the festival. Many teams erect tents for the weekend, socialize, nap and celebrate on the island. Race heats take place completely in view across the island and happen in quick succession. The event is family friendly, has no admission fee for spectators, and is tons of fun!
Spectators are welcome to partake in the festival at no charge!
The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival (LSDBF) is organized, operated and staffed by Rotary Club of Superior for the good of our community. These members who are local residents of the Twin Ports area have created this family fun event to better the community and experiences of the people within it. Since 2002, LSDBF has raised over $1.3 million to support charitable organizations in the Twin Ports.
LSDBF supports the mission of Rotary International: to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Rotary International consists of 1.2 million members and 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries worldwide.