Windom's Riverfest is this weekend
WINDOM -- Despite a few complications in recent years, the annual Windom Riverfest celebration is back again for 2016 and will take place this weekend from Friday through Sunday.The Riverfest Committee voted to discontinue the event in 2013, but ...
WINDOM - Despite a few complications in recent years, the annual Windom Riverfest celebration is back again for 2016 and will take place this weekend from Friday through Sunday.
The Riverfest Committee voted to discontinue the event in 2013, but a new group formed to organize it. Windom Riverfest Inc., a non-profit organization, is now responsible for coordinating all of the activities.
“It is a group of four to 10 board members that help plan Riverfest,” said Becky Alexander, co-chair of the association.
As the festival approaches its 33rd year, Alexander said she’s excited for all of the activities that the new group has planned.
The entertainment begins on Friday afternoon with a new kids event, King and Queen of Kastle Kingdom.
“Kastle Kingdom is a wooden playground up by the ball fields,” explained Alexander.
“There are going to be three different age groups with an obstacle course around the playground to decide who will be king and queen, and they will be riding in their own float in the Saturday parade.”
The main attraction on Friday, however, will be the cookout and music at the Windom Area Middle/High School.
“Massive Brass Attack from Sioux Falls will be performing during the cookout from 6 to 9 p.m. with fireworks to follow around 10:15,” Alexander said.
A wide variety of classic and recent Riverfest activities will provide action for attendees of all ages Saturday. One particular event in its second year is anticipating several participants.
“We do have an exciting return this year,” said Alexander. “Last year it was the first year of DiscFest at Mayflower Park and they had around 200 people. The guys are expecting up to 400 people.”
The Windom Fire Department will be hosting an event that didn’t happen last year.
“The fire department will be coming back on Saturday for their water games,” she said. “They were going to do it last year, but they ran out of time.”
Some other events for kids include the Cottonwood County Game and Fish League Youth Fishing Tournament, which will take place at Cottonwood Lake at 10 a.m., and the traditional turtle races at 2 p.m. The parade will also be big attraction with more than 60 units.
Saturday’s highlight will be the Minnesota-based band Whisky Stone.
“We had them last year but they had to stop early due to rain,” Alexander said. “We’re pretty stoked for them to come back because people were disappointed that they didn’t get to finish.”
The festival will wrap up Sunday with one event that has been going on for many years, and another that has taken several years off. The Karz ‘n Trux Club will be putting on a car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tegels Park, and there will be canoe races at the bridge by the golf course.
“That used to happen many years ago at Riverfest and it’s making its triumphant return,” Alexander said.
The schedule of events for Riverfest is as follows:
3 to 6 p.m., King and Queen of Kastle Kingdom; 6 to 8 p.m., ECFE Carnival, Windom Area Middle/High School; 6 to 9 p.m., Riverfest Cookout and Massive Brass Attack Band, Windom Area Middle/High School; 9 p.m., The Roxbury Outdoor Entertainment, Phat Pheasant Pub; 10:15 p.m., Fireworks, Windom Area High School
All day, Softball Tournament, Legion Fields; 7 a.m., Vicki Schendel Color Me Fun Run, Tegels Park; 8 a.m., Cribbage Tournament, American Lutheran Church; 9 a.m., Art, Craft & Vendor Show and Food Vendors, Square; 10 a.m., Cottonwood County Game & Fish League Youth Fishing Tournament, Tegels Park; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., DiscFest, Mayflower Park; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fire Department Water Games, Square; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sons of Norway Sm'rgåsbord, Cottonwood County Historical Society; 2 p.m., Turtle Races, Witt Memorial Park; 3 to 6 p.m., Riverfest Cookout, Square; 4 p.m., Windom Riverfest Parade; After parade, Sugar Loom performance, Theater; 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., Whiskey Stone performance, Lions Club food sale, and Phat Pheasant Pub Beer Garden, Windom Arena
All day: Softball Tournament, Legion Fields; 9 a.m., American Lutheran Pancake Breakfast, BARC; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Karz ‘n Trux Club Shine N Show and Antique Tractor Show, Tegels Park; 1 p.m., Bean Bag Tournament, Tegels Park; 2 p.m., Lion’s Cow Chip Bingo, Community Center; 3 p.m., Canoe Races, Golf Course Bridge