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Pipestone Water Tower Festival starts Thursday

PIPESTONE — This year marks 25 straight years of Pipestone’s Water Tower Festival, and with the special year come special events.

“We are having a community barbecue on Friday night in downtown Pipestone, just before the street dance,” said Mick Myers, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau in Pipestone, regarding special events to commemorate the anniversary. “Along with that, Reggie Gorter (from Reggie Gorter’s Vocal and Dance Studio) will be doing several numbers, and we will also have a magician as our emcee.”

“Another new event we will be having is the ‘Pipestone Sings’ event,” Myers explained. “Young people from ages 15 to 25 can perform, and the winner we select will go on to the ‘Minnesota Sings’ event in St. Paul in September.”

The full schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday (Main Street)

5-7 p.m.: PAS Band Hamburger Dinner

6 p.m.: Kids Tractor Pedal Pull

7 p.m.: Little Miss Pageant. Winner receives a bike courtesy of Michelle Nelson State Farm Insurance.

Friday (Hiawatha Avenue)

Silver Celebration Party — Button Night (purchase a Watertower Festival button for admittance)

5:30-7:30 p.m.: Pulled Pork Community Dinner, sponsored by Pipestone Vet Clinic. Music by Thunder Music and Button Drawings (must be present to win)

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Reggie Gorter Performing Art Studio with emcee Jesse Moffitt

9 p.m.-1 a.m.: Free Street Dance with The Roxbury Band


8:30 a.m.: Kid’s Run, Moore Park

10 a.m.: Parade. Grand Marshal will be Vicki Quist. Also featuring Jasper Blowhards and Slayton Community Band.

5 p.m.: Prairie Riders Saddle Club Ranch Rodeo, Pipestone County Fairgrounds

7 p.m.: Great Plains Tractor Pullers Tractor Pull, Pipestone County Fairgrounds

9 p.m.: 5K Glo Run

Saturday (Courthouse Square)

9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Art & Craft Show

10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Car Show-N-Shine

11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Kids Inflatables

Noon-3 p.m.: Horse Rides by 4H Horse Project

Noon: Parade Results

12:15 p.m.: FROGS

1 p.m.: Pipestone Sings

For more information, you contact the Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce at (507) 825-3316.