WCHS and Reads Landing Brew Pub To Co-Host Oktoberfest in September Event

The Wabasha County Historical Society and Reads Landing Brewing Company are combining efforts in presenting Oktoberfest 2018. The fun-filled and informative happening will take place on Thursday evening, September 27, at 7:00.

Presently, the Reads Landing Brewing Company is the only entity brewing beer in Wabasha County. What is not known by most, however, is that during the final decades of the nineteenth century, there were as many as nine breweries dotting the landscape throughout the county. Locations of the breweries were as follows: Lake City, Millville, Minneiska, Mazeppa, Reads Landing, Wabasha, and West Albany.

The evening will start at the WCHS Museum in Reads Landing at 7:00 pm with a program titled The History of Brewing Beer in Wabasha County. Covered in the presentation will be the importance of brewing beer within the German and Irish cultures which settled so much of Wabasha County.

Additionally, attendees will learn about the following: where the breweries were specifically located, who owned the breweries, the number of barrels produced each year, as well as the effect of the Temperance Movement and the connection to the state of Minnesota with regard to prohibition.

The presentation will include photographs of breweries, brewing caves, and early brewmasters as well as that of Carrie Nation, known as “Hatchet Carrie,” and newspaper headlines celebrating the end of prohibition. Disputes between brewers as well as their demise will also be part of the presentation.

Following the presentation at the museum, attendees will travel downhill to the Reads Landing Brewing Company in which they will sample the bill of fare offered at the popular restaurant. This Oktoberfest celebration will included the following: your choice of sandwich and side to eat, a sample flight of 5 Reads Landing Brewing Company Beers, and information regarding the brewing process.

The cost of the entire evening is $21.95 per person and includes tax and tip. For planning purposes reservations are required. Please call: 651-927-9002.

SeptOberfest Event Guide Is Here!

Wabasha-Kellogg’s SeptOberfest Celebration has so many things going on, it literally takes weeks to get them all in! Next year’s festival runs from September 7 to October 27, 2018. Join us for our Annual SeptOberfest Celebration. Relax and meander through our small midwestern rivertown that showcases the season of fall like no other. Imagine artistic displays of thousands of pumpkins, cornstalks, flowers, bales, and gourds among the natural beauty of the Winding River, Vibrant Trees and Majestic Bluffs. An explosion of color that you will remember for a lifetime. Join in with pumpkin races, scarecrow contests, entertainment, glorious food, pumpkin topiaries, largest pumpkins, free concerts, carriage rides and much more.

SeptOberfest Event Guide Is Here
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Wabasha Main Street Announces Storefront Design Assistance

Wabasha Main Street, Inc. has the opportunity to provide free Storefront/Façade or Signage Design Assistance to any business or property owner within the Wabasha Main Street District. This service is available once a year to designated Minnesota Main Street Communities, of which Wabasha is one of ten.

If you are considering re-envisioning your storefront, façade or a new sign, this program will offer you illustrations or design renderings to help you as a property owner come up with design and preservation possibilities.

In order to be eligible to receive this assistance your building must be zoned commercial or mixed use. The building does not have to be considered “historic” but at least 50 years old in order to be eligible. Individual owner-occupied residences or rental residences are not eligible to receive design assistance. Applicants receiving the design services are required to share final project costs, information and photographs with the Minnesota Main Street program. Applications will be available until August 31, 2018.

For further information please contact Mary Flicek at [email protected] or pick up more information or an application at 157 Main Street West, Wabasha.

Driftless Cycling Tour – A 3 day/2 night Supported Trip

Join Broken Paddle for 3 Days/2 Nights of unforgettable guided biking tours:

July 30th-August 1st & August 30th-September 1st.

Spend 3 days biking along the Mississippi River, Big River, and Chippewa River beginning in Wabasha and traveling through beautiful towns likes Alma, Pepin, Stockholm, Praag, and many more. Enjoy the scenery and the tourist attractions along the way at your own pace.

How adventurous are you?

Ride hard, be nourished.
Organic seasonal meals, locally sourced and catered by local chefs and farmers.

Let us handle your gear and accommodations along the way. We’ll explore river towns by bicycle to experience slow tourism.

All skill levels are welcomed!

Visit our website to learn more and book today!

Help Honor our Veterans with Flags of Valor

Join the American Legion Wabasha Post 50 in honoring our veterans with Flags of Valor.
Flags can be purchased in memory of or in honor of any living or deceased veteran or citizen whom you would like to honor. Flags will be displayed in Veterans Park, along County 30/Hiawatha Ave, and downtown along the Mississippi River, depending on the number of requests. Flags will be on display July 26-29, 2018.
To purchase a flag or flags, print, fill out and mail in the request form below.

Masquerade Charity Ball

Join us for an elegant evening of cocktails, culinary delights, fantastic live and silent auctions, fun casino games, extraordinary live entertainment, exclusive visits with special guests from the National Eagle Center, and a few other surprises all in support and celebration of our majestic Wambdi eagle with Master of Ceremonies Ian Leonard.

The event will be held at the Treasure Island Resort Center on August 3rd, 2018 from 6:00pm-10:00pm.

Click here to register or learn more about this event.

Get Ready for the 40th Annual Riverboat Days!

The 40th Annual Riverboat Days is upon us! Mark your calendars for July 27 and 28, 2018. Look for annual favorites like the Duck Derby, live music, and Grand Parade, as well as some old favorites like the Car Show, Boat Parade, and Craft Fair.

There are so many ways to get involved in Riverboat Days! Volunteer for a shift at the Beer Tent or Kids’ Resort Area. Dust off your singing voice and register for Wabasha Sings. Sign-up as a sponsor to help make the 40th Annual one to remember. Decorate your boat for the Boat Parade on Friday night. Register your classic car in the Car Show. Sign-up to sell merchandise during the Craft Fair. Gather a team to participate in the Sand Volleyball Tournament. The opportunities are endless! Click HERE to see the full listing of events and see what else you can get involved in.

This year is going to epic! Celebrate the 40th Annual Riverboat Days in style. Purchase a T-Shirt from the Wabasha-Kellogg Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB to commemorate the occasion. Shirts are $15 each and are available in multiple sizes and colors. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (651) 565-4158 to order yours today! Look for can coolies during Riverboat Days to keep your beverages cold, too!

We are very excited to have two great bands playing during the festival. Meet us Under the Bridge Friday night to hear Section 8 play from 7:00pm-10:00pm, sponsored by the River Junction Arts Council. Get your dancing shoes ready for Saturday night as Next 2 Nothing plays Saturday from 8:30pm-12:30am. There is no cover charge, so come on over and enjoy the music! Riverboat Days would not be complete without the annual Duck Derby. For just $5 you can pick out a duck and see if it has what it takes to win the race and a chance to win $100, 200, or even $500!!  Purchase your ducks at the Chamber of Commerce or various businesses around town. Join us on the waterfront by the National Eagle Center after the parade on Saturday to see who the lucky ducks are!

We can’t wait to see you there!