Experience community. Here’s your guide to small-town festivals

June 8, 2018

This paid piece is sponsored by the Minnehaha County and Lincoln County Economic Development Associations.

Now is the perfect time to explore everything the communities of Minnehaha and Lincoln counties have to offer, starting with their signature summer events.

Here’s your complete guide to this year’s festivals.

Harrisburg Days, June 7-10

The carnival offered a preview night on Thursday, but the fun kicks into full gear tonight with food trucks, a beer garden, helicopter rides, the Little Miss Harrisburg pageant and a Too Drunk to Fish Concert. Saturday’s highlights include a parade, car show, kids pedal tractor pull and The Johnny Holm Band concert. The event wraps up Sunday with a pancake feed and kids fishy derby at Lake Alvin State Recreation Area. Get all the details at harrisburgdays.com.

Hartford Jamboree Days, June 10-17

While there’s something to do almost every day in Hartford during Jamboree Days, the main attractions are Friday and Saturday. Visitors will find a carnival, crafts and food vendors, car and quilt shows and live music. There’s a burnout contest at 9 p.m. Friday. Saturday highlights include a parade at 10:30 a.m., kids’ entertainment in the park all day and a community supper that night followed by a street dance with the Brandon Jones Band. See the full schedule on the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Teapot Days, June 13-16

Festivities kick off Wednesday with a CommuniTEA BBQ in the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy free hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. Kids can play on inflatables and tour a firetruck, police car and bus. The Mighty Thomas Carnival runs Thursday night through Saturday. Other highlights include the crowning of Ma & Pa Teapot on Thursday and a kids pedal pull and the Teafest Hot Rod Show & Shine on Friday. Events on Saturday run from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., including a pancake breakfast, parade, vendors in Tea Park, the Tea Lions pork feed, a street dance and fireworks. Find the full schedule at teasd.com.

Beresford’s Wheels ‘n Squeals, June 15 & 16

The community festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with six food trucks parked downtown. Saturday’s activities start at 8 a.m. and end that night with a street dance featuring Jade Monkey. In between, there’s a pancake feed, car and tractor show, swap meet, kid’s activities, barbecue vendors and beer garden, burnout contest and more. See the full schedule at beresfordwheelsnsqueals.com.

Garretson’s Jesse James Days, June 15-17

Garretson packs a lot into three days for Jesse James Days. There’s the usual golf tournament, road race, Firemen’s Breakfast and car show, and then there’s the more unusual aerial silks performances, $500 treasure hunt and auction of retired Garretson street signs. Catch the parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. Download the full schedule at visitgarretson.com.

Dell Rapids Quarry Days, June 22-24

Dell Rapids will celebrate Quarry Days with activities for all ages. Friday features a golf tournament and baseball game. On Saturday, highlights include a parade at 10:30 a.m. and a street dance at 7 p.m. with Judd Hoos. On Sunday, L.G. Everist is offering train rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A car show and fishing derby begin at noon, and fireworks start at 10 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, arts and crafts vendors will be in the park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a full schedule, go to dellrapidschamber.com.

Worthing Days, June 22 & 23

The star of the show at Worthing Days just might be Batman! He’ll make an appearance at the car show Friday night. There’s also a community supper that night. Saturday’s fun kicks off with a parade at 11 a.m. The Worthing Masonic Lodge will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other activities include inflatables, a kids’ tractor pull, pie-eating contest and guesses on how long it will take a junked car’s engine to blow up while running without oil or fluids. Find the full schedule at cityofworthing.com.

Rowena’s Junque Market, June 23

The tiny unincorporated town of Rowena will be taken over by “junque”  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unique Junque, a repurposed furniture store there, organizes the Junque Market in spring, summer, fall and winter. Up to 50 vendors will sell their items, which are handmade, repurposed, vintage, antique of “just plain junk.”

Lennox’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Weekend, July 1-4

Lennox is marking the 35th anniversary of its Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration. Sunday’s activities include a worship service and volunteer fire department water fight. On Tuesday night, drivers are invited to cruise on Main Street and the street dance with The Johnny Holm Band runs from 6 p.m. to 1 p.m. The main attractions are on the holiday, including the big parade at 10:30 a.m. There’s also a car show, live music and arts in the park, and a Lennox Municipal Band concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks. Get the details at lennoxnews.com.

Humboldt’s Main Street Days, July 13-15

When Dave Derschan bought the Main Street Humboldt Bar six years ago he started a community festival. Friday night features a dart tournament and karaoke. Saturday, there’s a car show, parade, bean bag tournament and street dance with The Johnny Holm Band. The event wraps up Sunday with a volleyball tournament. Get the details on the bar’s Facebook page.

Valley Springs Booster Days, July 13-15

Booster Days activities in Valley Springs kick off Friday with a roast beef supper in the park from 6 to 7 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk. On Saturday, there’s a kids’ tractor pull at 9:30 p.m., a mud volleyball tournament, free kids’ games, a firefighter water fight in the afternoon and a parade at 7 p.m. The community wraps up the celebration with a worship service Sunday morning.

Hudson Street Dance, July 20

Experience a small-town street dance in Hudson with the Judd Hoos band. The event starts at 9 p.m., and it’s open to all ages.

Brandon Hometown Days, July 21

Brandon celebrates Hometown Days starting at 3 p.m. at McHardy Park. The day is filled with inflatables and other fun for kids. There’s live music with new bands playing at the top of the hour. The night wraps up with the movie “Coco” on an outdoor screen. Find the details at brandonhometowndays.com or the event’s Facebook page.

Celebrate Canton, July 25-29

Canton kicks off five days of activities on Wednesday with Depot Day at the Depot Museum. From 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a mini train and inflatables for the kids, a farmers market, ice cream social and classic car display. The fun moves Thursday to Jack Fox Park from 5 to 8 p.m. with a tractor parade, music, pork feed and inflatables. The park will host Friday’s events with a kids’ bike parade at 8 p.m., followed by an outdoor movie. Saturday’s activities include Saturday in the Park, a parade, firefighter water fights, a burnout contest and a rib cook-off. Celebrate Canton finishes off Sunday morning with a breakfast at community worship service.

Colton’s Hillbilly Days, July 27-29

This small town has a packed calendar for Hillbilly Days. Friday night features a baked potato supper, family karaoke and a street dance with the Undercover Band that starts at 9 p.m. Highlights on Saturday include a parade, pork loin feed and car show. Activities in the park range from free inflatables and carnival games to a bake sale and chicken bingo. Firefighter water wars with Colton Fire and Rescue start at 3 p.m., and there’s live music in the park from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday’s activities start with a worship service and end with fireworks. In between there’s the Hillbilly street sale and Hillbilly obstacle course. Find the full schedule on the Colton Hillbilly Days page on Facebook.

Renner Days, Aug. 17-19

Information isn’t posted yet about the unincorporated community’s celebration, but there usually is a lot to see and do. Here’s a link to the event’s Facebook page.


Residents in the unincorporated town are working to bring a community festival back to life yet this summer, said Bruce Mork, one of the organizers. It might be a one-day event in July.

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