Windom’s Riverfest will feature a parade, fireworks, rubber ducks and a fire show – The Globe


WINDOM – The annual Riverfest celebration in Windom kicks off on Monday, but the party escalates throughout the week until it reaches its dramatic, ducky conclusion on Sunday June 12.

In the newest addition to the Riverfest lineup, the festival’s namesake itself will host the Riverfest Lucky Duck Raffle River Race.

“It’s something fun and different, and it really ties into the river,” said Tyann Hall-Marcy, executive director of the Windom Region Chamber of Commerce.

People who purchase a raffle ticket receive a numbered rubber duck, and with the help of the Windom Fire Department and Windom Ducks Unlimited, a whole fleet of rubber ducks will be released to race down the river from 3 p.m. June 12. The owner of the fastest duck, second fastest, and slowest duck all win prizes, based on a percentage of tickets sold.

If all 2,000 members of the squeaky fleet are drawn, the fastest swimmer will receive $2,000, and $1,500 for the other two honored waterfowl.

This, however, is the grand finale of Riverfest.

The fun begins Monday, as the Windomnet Medallion Hunt begins at 9 a.m. The HyVee Community Cookout runs from 5-7 p.m., with live music from Natalie Nicole, in Courthouse Square. At 7 p.m., the Windom Women of Today Miss Riverfest Pageant begins at BARC Auditorium.

Festival-goers take a breather Tuesdayand on Wednesday, a Pirates baseball game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. at Island Park. Riverfest fireworks start at 10 p.m. Thursday at Windom area high school.

The festivities continue Friday evening at Island Park. At 6 p.m., doors open for those interested in the array of food vendors or the beer garden. At 6:30 p.m., opening band Jeremy DeWall plays, followed by classic rock tribute band Arch Allies from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

SaturdayThe slate is the busiest of them all, with activities taking place in multiple locations so festival-goers have the choice of partying. A sand volleyball tournament at Tegels Park starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 5 p.m., and a Game & Fish youth fishing contest will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Cottonwood Lake. The Riverfest Softball Tournament begins at 9:00 a.m. on the softball fields.

Meanwhile, instead of the courthouse, the Saturday, the HyLife HyFive Community 5K Run begins at 9 a.m., as does a craft and vendor show. The food trucks will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the Sons of Norway Smorgasbord from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Phat Pheasant Beer Garden is open from noon to 8:30 p.m. For kids, the inflatables will be open from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Scott Ringquist is ready to play acoustic music from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Windom Fire Department holds water fights for children from 2-4 p.m., and the Toro Turtle Races begin at 3 p.m. the Cottonwood County Fairgrounds at 4 p.m. and the Kids Spin Zone runs from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Fire Show at Fourth Avenue Square.

“I wanted to try different entertainment and different things,” Hall-Marcy said of the fire show.

Saturday The evening will be crowned by the concert of Judd Hoos of the Windom Lions Club at Island Park.

On Sunday, a community breakfast with JoJo’s Food Truck is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Tegels Park, and the Karz-N-Trux Car Show will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a DJ and food vendors. A community worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. at BARC, followed by a Lion’s Club pancake meal.

Sunday also marks Riverfest Family Fun Day at Island Park. A petting zoo and pony rides will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with food vendors, bouncy houses, and a craft and vendor show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. DeWall will perform from noon to 2 p.m., the beer garden will be open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and everyone can swim for free in the pool at the Lifeguard Opener from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Windom Pirates play at 2 p.m. and the ducks start their swim at 3 p.m.


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