PIPESTONE - Pipestone’s 30th annual Water Tower Festival begins Thursday night and runs through Sunday.

The festival is named for Pipestone’s iconic concrete water tower, explained Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce Administrative Manager Tom Steffes. Finished in 1921, the water tower is a unique work of architecture. The only other water tower like it in the country is in Brainerd.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Storybooks on Parade.”

Here’s a schedule of events:

  • Thursday night is Kids’ Night. At 6 p.m., there will be a free pedal pull for children ages 3 to 11. At 7:30, a Junior Ambassadors Contest will choose two winners, a boy and a girl, to ride in the parade on Saturday. New this year is a family movie night at 8:45 on the courthouse lawn, which will show the movie “Hoodwinked.”
  • Friday begins with a free courthouse “Nooks and Crannies” tour at 4 p.m. Following is a community pulled pork dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Throughout the night there will be live music from local bands, a beer garden and a bean bag tourney.
  • Saturday’s main event is the parade through downtown at 10 a.m. There will also be an arts and crafts fair, farmers market and food vendors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free inflatables are available for kids. At 3 p.m. the Pipestone County Museum will hold a tour of Pipestone’s Masonic Lodge, which features murals by Leo Henke, who also did some of the artwork in the Minnesota State Capitol building. More local bands will play throughout the afternoon and evening.
  • Sunday will offer two community church services on the courthouse lawn, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the daily events, the Calumet Players will perform the musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes” each night at 7:30.

In the event of rain, activities will be moved to the county fairgrounds.