SeptOberfest Raffle Ticket Winners

Heartfelt thanks to all who purchased SeptOberfest raffle tickets! We couldn’t put on such a fabulous festival without your support.

And the winners are …

$500 Carol Bouquet

$500 Mary Roemer

$250 Rich Meurer

$250 Kelly Schurhammer

$100 Toni Burns

$100 Bob Hermann

$100 Jenny Marx

$100 Jim O’Brian

$100 Mark Suilmann

$100 Linda Wallerich


Largest Pumpkins and Sunflowers Contest Winners

Largest Pumpkin Contest

1st Place – Becky Klees –668 lbs ($100.00 & Mug)

2nd Place – Jerry & Cory Wallerich – 599 lbs ($50.00 & Mug)

3rd Place – Dale & Elaine Meyer – 463lbs ($20.00 & Mug)

Prettiest Pumpkin – Gene Marx/Dawn Klindworth ($20.00 & Mug)

Most Unique Looking Pumpkin – Jerry Wallerich ($20.00 & Mug)

Other Pumpkin Contenders: 

Jeff Meyer 442 lbs

John Klees 401lbs

Paul and Martha Meyer 366lbs

Mary Klees 328 lbs

Gene Marx 327lbs

Gary & Julie Russel 325 lbs

Roger & Jan Wise 218 lbs

John & Carol Marx 157 lbs

Dave & Nancy HoutCooper 157 lbs

Dave and Mary Pfeilsticker 135lbs

Mary Klees 151lbs

Joel Marx and Betsy Agin 72lbs 

Largest Sunflower Contest

Largest Sunflower – Martha Meyer ($20.00 and Mug)

Most Unique Sunflower – Jan Wise ($20.00 and Mug)

Other Sunflower Contenders

Jan Wise 18”

Martha Meyer 22”

Brian Fries 17 ¾ “

Sue Schmidt 18”

John Klees 14 ¼”

Mary Klees 7 ¼”

Nancy Houtkooper 18 ¾”

Julie Russell 14”

My, what big pumpkins and sunflowers you grew! Congrats!

SeptOberfest Topiary Contest Winners Announced!

Pure ID Pumpkins 2014 Low Rez

Congratulations to the winners!

Thank you to ALL who’ve decorated the town so creatively with your clever pumpkin’ displays. You’ve really made Wabasha look SepTabulous!


1st Place – Pure Identity’s “The Wizard of Oz” ($60 and 3 Mugs)

2nd Place – Lavonne Meurer’s “Granny” ($50 and Mug)

3rd Place – First State Bank – Sue Dalen’s “SeptOberfest Witch” ($40 and Mug)

4th Place – Lori Strombeck’s “101 Dalmatians” ($30 and Mug)

5th Place – Wendy Stumpf’s  “Tee Time” ($20 and Mug)

6th Place – Perry Dental ‘s “Braces” ($10 and Mug)

Los Portales Mexican Restaurant is Open!

Los Portales Mexican Restaurant, offering authentic Mexican grill food, beer, and Margaritas is now open.


Downtown Wabasha

119 Pembroke Avenue

Wabasha, MN 55981




Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Pridays & Saturdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

SeptOberfest Time!


It is hard to believe that it has only been 7 years since Wabasha has held its very first SeptOberfest. Its been only 7 years that the community has been decorating over 3,000 pumpkins along its streets. That we have only 6 years of pumpkin derby’s and pub crawls memories to make us laugh and smile. It is weird how something around for just 7 years has become such a family tradition to so many.  You have never been to Wabasha for SeptOberfest? Well, what are you waiting for?

As the leaves start to turn to their autumn colors, there is no better, or prettier, place to see them then along the Great River Road, which, lucky for you, will take you straight to Wabasha. Where they will be celebrating their 7th Annual SeptOberfest Festival. Every weekend from September 12- October 26 there will be tons of activities for both young and old.  For the little ones there will be clowns, pumpkin carvers, straw mazes, pumpkin derby’s, petting zoos, LARK Toys, and so much more interactive fun. The National Eagle Center will have special programs in every weekend in October, check their website for more information.  For the older crowd we have a Pub Crawl, a Brewmaster, a German Feast, a German Parade, and tons of pumpkins to see. Let’s not forget that all of local businesses also have special events during this time. Slippery’s will have an illusionist, The Olde Triangle Pub will be hosting a Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, and Silver Star Saloon will be presenting new German meals every weekend. What festival would be complete without music? We will never know because thankfully River Junction Arts Council will be hosting free bands Under the Bridge every Saturday at 1pm and most of the local restaurants will have music every weekend.

Starting on September 19-October 19, Wabasha will host their 4 Seasonal Boutiques. Four very unique boutiques with over 200 vendors makes for one amazing shopping experience. Grab your found dryer money and make your way to Wabasha for some early Christmas shopping or just some self-pampering.

Wabasha, MN, is nestled between the Mississippi River and its bluffs.  Only an hour and a half south of the Twin Cities, Wabasha makes for a great destination for a day or weekend trip away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

For more information, visit

Riverboat Days Hosts Lost Highway’s New Video July 26

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Lost Highway recently gave fans a chance to hear their latest single, “Tubin” which we must say is an awesome song for summer, especially if your heading out “Tubin” on a river near you!  Now, they want you to join them in the filming of the music video for the new single!

You will have two chances to join the whole band during the upcoming video shoot!

After taking to social media about a music video in general, many Lost Highway fans were geared toward keeping the video shoot on the local Cannon River!  Well, Lost Highway is giving the fans what they want as they always do!

The first part of the filming will take place at Wabasha Riverboat Daysin Wabasha, MN!  All you have to do is join the crowd at their live show on Saturday July 26 during Wabasha Riverboat Days!  We were there last year, and it was an absolute blast!  Join them this year and you may end up being in the brand new video!


Today’s Duck Hunt Clues!

Web Duck Hunt Banner

Day 1 Clues:
GOLDEN DUCK: Look near a 98-year-old
BLUE DUCK: People don’t go here often anymore
GREEN DUCK: Visit a healthy place
PINK DUCK: Leave your dog at home 
YELLOW DUCK: Quench your thirst PURPLE DUCK: A Nationally Registered Historic Place

The Riverboat Days Duck Hunt is Afoot!

Duck Hunt Poster Flyer 2014

Riverboat Days July 25-26


Riverboat DaysThe Wabasha –Kellogg Chamber has been busy planning the 36th Annual Riverboat Days coming this July 25-26.  As always, there will be kids’ activities both Friday and Saturday, Carriage Rides, music, food, laughter, and tons of family fun.

New this year will be Wabasha Chopped. The Farmer’s Market with Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center is presenting 4 chefs, 4 baskets, 3 challenges with only one winner. The Farmer’s Market has agreed to be the pantry for this competition and will have lots of extra ingredients for people to buy and bring home to try to replicate the recipes they see from our wonderful chefs. The chefs are Mitch from Silver Star, Stacy from Stacy’s Kitchen, Scott from the National Eagle Center, and Cassie from the Turning Waters Bed and breakfast. This event will be held Friday, July 25 from 3-6. Come out to cheer on your favorite chef and see what surprises may be thrown their way as  they cook.

Also on Friday, River Junctions Arts Council is presenting the Riverbenders as their free concert Under the Bridge at 7pm. The Prairie Fire Children’s Theater presents Aladdin and his Magic Lamp at 7pm at the Wabasha- Kellogg High School Auditorium. Watch as 60 of our local kids get transformed into genies and sing their way out of the most precarious predicaments. End the night with the Lighted Boat Parade coming down the Mississippi River at 9:30pm.

Saturday brings tons of excitement. Start your day with the Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center 5/10K Walk/Run. Right after join Rotary for a nice pancake breakfast and then do some Yoga in Beach Park with Complete Motions. There will be Arts and Craft Vendors, Food Vendors, Kids Inflatables, Volleyball Tournaments, Bean Bag Tournaments, Texas Hold’em, Firemen’s Waterfight, Skateboard/BMX Competition, and so much more in a jammed pack day of fun.

And let’s not forget the last showing of the Prairie Fire’s Aladdin at 2pm at the Wabasha-Kellogg High School.  More Carriage Rides and the National Eagle Center Open House at 5pm.; all leading up to the Grande Parade at 6pm and the Ducky Derby following it. Watch as the rubber ducks swim their way to from down the Mississippi River in a race of a lifetime… some even make it to freedom. Haven’t bought your duck yet? They are only $5 with 1st place winning $500. Come to the Chamber to get one today!

Once again, we end our festival with the biggest party on this side of the Mississippi River with Lost Highway taking the stage at 9pm in Heritage Park.  Great Music, Great Times, a Weekend of Great New Memories…don’t miss it. For a full schedule go to

Wabasha Has Changed the Location for their Fireworks on the Fourth!!



Wabasha may have more lake-front property than usual, but we still know how to celebrate. We have moved the fireworks display to the Wabasha-Kellogg School at 2113 Hiawatha Drive, Wabasha. The Fireworks will be at dusk as usual and promise to be the best Fireworks yet.  The City has been working hard to make sure this celebration will go on, and for that we are thankful.


Due to the change in venue we ask that everyone respect the school’s property. The School is a designated Alcohol and Tobacco Free Zone and these rules will be in effect during the Fireworks display. The City also asks, for safety reasons, that you observe all parking regulations on 166th Avenue.


Coming in town early?? All of our restaurants are open and ready to serve you. River Arts Junction is hosting a free concert under the bridge at 7pm with Sawtooth Bluegrass.  So grab your favorite lawn chair and head on down, over, up to Wabasha. We promise you a night full of fireworks!!