Taste of Wabasha at The National Eagle Center

Enjoy great food from the area’s best restaurants and the beauty of the National Eagle Center in the evening, while supporting the programs you love. A Taste of Wabasha will be an elegant conclusion to all the amazing live animal and flying bird programs of SOAR. This singular fundraising event supports the eagles and the great programs we offer throughout the year. Join us for tasting portions from the area’s best restaurants, a silent auction and an evening with the eagles! Your ticket includes one complimentary drink (beer, wine, soda or water); cash bar available.

Taste of Wabasha
Saturday, April 11th, 2015
6pm – 8:30pm

$30 per ticket
Each ticket includes one complimentary drink

Tickets available online, in store or via phone at 651-565-4989.

This is a popular event and tickets are limited- get yours before they sell out!

2015’s participating restaurants:
Slippery’s Bar and Grille
The Olde Triangle Pub
Stacy’s Kitchen
LARK Toys with fresh fudge
The Chocolate Escape
Read’s Landing Brewing Company
Silver Star Saloon
The Bluffs at Coffee Mill
Los Portales Mexican Restaurant
Nelson Cheese Factory

2015 Taste Silent auction items include:

Hatch Day: The National Eagle Center

Come celebrate our eagles’ Hatch Day! We’ll be offering complimentary seedlings in honor of this special day (and Earth Day), delicious cupcakes, and fun enrichment for our eagle ambassadors. Join the fun– catch a live educational eagle program and great wild eagle viewing from our observation deck!

For more information about Hatch Day, 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.

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

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 www.wabashamn.org