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Zumbrota Covered Bridge Music & Arts Festival

June 19 - 22

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An exciting community gathering with events for all ages and interests. The party kicks off Thursday night with Rock The Block in the historic downtown – there are sidewalk sales, food, entertainment and loads of fun.

City Of Zumbrota

There are street dances Friday and Saturday night, a juried art fair and flea market, softball and volleyball tournaments, kids’ games and so much more.

There is a grand parade Saturday night with fireworks at dusk.

Wrap up the weekend with a pancake breakfast at the VFW Sunday morning.

Mark your calendar for the weekend of June 19th - 22nd for the 2014 Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival.  You won’t want to miss this fun event; it’s a great time to get together with neighbors, family and friends.  In addition to the Music and Arts festivities, this year’s festival includes a spectacular line up of activities for all ages.

Start off the weekend early with “Zumbrota Rocks The Block” Thursday night, June 19th.  Starting at about 5:00 pm, Historic Downtown is rockin’ with sidewalk sales, food and entertainment.  On Friday how about taking your family for supper at the old fashioned Car-Hop at the United Redeemer Church parking lot (560 3rd St. W.).  The Zumbrota Area Arts Council – ZAAC – is again hosting Family Movie Night at the Historic State Theater (96 4th St. E.) with a 7:00 pm screening of “UP” sponsored by the Goodhue County Chapter of Thrivent Financial.  Those of us old enough can head on down to the VFW (25 1st St. E.) for their Friday night Free Street Dance featuring “The Fields”.

Saturday is full of activities for one and all, day and evening, starting with the annual Covered Bridge 5K

Captain Kirby Train Rides!

Fun-Run, a fund raiser for the Goodhue Pioneer Trail.

The Men’s Softball League will hold their tournament Saturday and Sunday at the Covered Bridge Softball Fields east of Highway 58.  To sign up a team contact Darin Nelson at 507-261-3522. The Woman’s Volleyball tournament will be held at the Covered Bridge Park; contact Chrissy Flotterud at 507-259-5834 to sign up your team.

Other activities at the Covered Bridge Park include Kid’s games and activities sponsored by Our Saviors Lutheran Church. In the same area will be the 4-H Petting Zoo which has been a big hit for kids to see and hold a variety of farm animals. The Zumbrota Dance Studio Dancers will be on stage to entertain the crowd on Saturday at 11:00 am. The young kids will love to take a ride on Kaptain Kirby Train Rides as well.

Saturday morning at City Hall will be Red Wing Stoneware Pottery Sales. This year’s limited edition pieces are classic egg-separators with the Festival logo introduced at the 2006, 150th Zumbrota celebration; only 100 available for sale.  Also an invaluable one-of-a-kind Red Wing Stoneware Butter Churn Lamp will be sold via silent auction.  This “only one produced” will be awarded to the lucky high bidder at 1:00 pm.  New this year is a free concert by The Everett Smithson Band at 1:00 pm near the Library.  There will be dance and harmonic lessons along with this great zydeco and cajun music show.
The Street Market is also a very popular spot to be on Saturday. Vendors too numerous to list will be selling their wares on East Avenue.  Nearby is the Zumbrota Area Arts Council’s Art in East Park. This annual juried Art Festival will also have live music with “Annie Lawler & the Wheelhouse Band” playing from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and “Patchouli” from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. This event is a favorite and offers displays and sales of art and a variety of authentic handcrafted items.

Get out of your backyard!! With all of these great activities going on, who will have time to cook? There will be a variety of food vendors throughout the park. Goodies will include mini-donuts, slushies, kettle corn, cotton candy, nachos, burgers, BBQ ribs, walleye, french fries, onion rings, pizza, cheese curds, gyros, chicken wraps- the list goes on and on.

The day is not finished yet!! The Grand Parade sponsored in part by the Zumbrota Rotary Club will begin at 6:00 p.m. A real crowd pleaser, this parade boasts several high school bands competing for trophies. Following the parade is yet another VFW Free Street Dance, this year featuring music by “JT and the Gunslingers”.  

To round out the evening a proper pyrotechnical Fireworks Display, sponsored in part by Bank of Zumbrota and Midwest Fabrication & Supply will take place at 10:00 pm Saturday night.

Sunday wraps up with a Pancake Breakfast at the VFW and a free concert with the Zumbrota Community Band and several other big bands.  The concert is from noon to 5:00 pm at East Park, performing with the Zumbrota Community Band is Fridley City Band, Fridley German Band, Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band, Brio Brass Band and others.  Camping is available all weekend in the Covered Bridge Park on a first come, first serve basis; contact City Hall for more information.

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