Take the Plunge on February 28th!

The Grumpy Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Great River Homes Inc. and the Rotary Club of Wabasha by jumping into the frigid water of the Mississippi River. Proceeds from the Grumpy Plunge help further the missions of Great River Homes, Inc. and the Rotary Club of Wabasha. What makes the Grumpy Plunge so different? All of the proceeds raised from this event STAY LOCAL! You can see where the money goes and the people it benefits.

For more information on how you can take the plunge, please visit:


Soar with the Eagles!

As winter turns to spring, we celebrate the spring bald eagle migration with our SOAR with the Eagles festival. Each weekend in March enjoy flying bird shows, live animals, our own live eagle programs, a raffle and much more!

SOAR with the Eagles – Weekends in March

March 7-8

March 14-15

March 21-22

March 28-29

For more information about Soar, please visit:


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 www.wabashamn.org/septoberfest.

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!

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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