All events are subject to change. Some events were being confirmed as of presstime, so check farmingtondewdays.com for the latest.
Geocaching. Learn about Farmington while testing your geocaching skills. Pick up an entry form online, at City Hall or the Farmington Library. Track down all the locations following the clues and GPS coordinates, and return the completed form to receive a T-shirt. All entries must be received at the Farmington Library, 508 Third St. by 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15.
Medallion Hunt, Tuesday, June 11, through Saturday, June 15 (or until the medallion is found), location will be on public land in the city of Farmington, not on District 192 or private property. One clue will be posted online by 12 noon each day at farmingtondewdays.com and the Dew Days facebook page until the Medallion is found. Clues will also be posted at City Hall and the Rambling River Center shortly after noon. There is no need to dig, damage or destroy property to find the medallion. The prize for turning in the medallion is a $200 check. You must have a Dew Days button to win the prize. If you find the medallion, take a photo with the “medallion,” your Dew Days button, and the setting where the treasure was found and send it to Cassi Brand at firstname.lastname@example.org or text at: 651-231-8873.Questions, email Kyle Thompson email@example.com or Cassi Brand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, June 11
ECFE at the Park — 9:30-11:30 a.m., Rambling River Park. The Early Childhood Family Education Department will have outdoor activities, projects, art, stories and more. Activities will be geared toward children ages birth to Pre-K. Parents must stay and supervise their children throughout the morning.
Schiffelly Puppets — Rambling River Park, 17 Elm St., Farmington. Join Rapunzel as she tries to escape her tower in this family-friendly parody of the classic tale filled with humor and plenty of audience participation. Ages: 2–10.
Farmington Royal Ambassador Coronation — 6:30 p.m., Boeckman Middle School, 800 Denmark Ave.
Wednesday, June 12
Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Tournament — 2-4 p.m., Farmington Library Large Meeting Room. Learn to play Yu-Gi-Oh! and play in a tournament. Limited numbers of starter decks available for new players. Registration required. Ages: 9-16. Arrive at least 5 minutes early. Late arrivals can lose registration spot. Contact Barbara Svoboda at 651-438-0250.
Flavors — 6-9 p.m., under the Big Tent in the Beer Gardens. Enjoy free tastes of food and drinks from local businesses. Stroller parking will be available on the grass next to the tent. Strollers will not be allowed inside the tent for the safety children and others. The event is sponsored by Farmington Liquor Stores. Entry fee $8/per person.
Thursday, June 13
Books & Beyond: Discover an Author — 10:30-11:30 a.m., Farmington Library Large Meeting Room. Have fun with stories, activities and crafts related to book authors with ISD 192 ECFE. Ages: 0-6.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest — 2-3 p.m., Farmington Library Large Meeting Room. Pick up a registration form at the library. Contact Barbara Svoboda at 651-438-0250.
Coloring Contest – 3-4 p.m., sponsored by Market on Oak (pick up entries at Market on Oak).
Beer, Brats & Bingo — 7 p.m., in the big tent in downtown Farmington. Rules and Game Layouts at http://farmingtondewdays.com. Bring your own dauber or daubers will be available for a refundable $1 deposit.
Friday, June 14
Oh, the Places We’ll Explore — 9:30-10:15 a.m. and 11 -11:45 a.m. (same show each time), Farmington Library. Explore the world, the universe and all the places your imagination takes you with stories that can transport you anywhere around the world. Presented by the Story Man from England. Ages: 2–8.
Food Vendors — 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
Family and Friends Fun Day — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dakota City Heritage Village. All are invited to visit the past and experience life at the turn of the last century. Stroll through the museum and see horse-drawn buggies and farm machinery from the good ol’ days. Visit with the locals in the buildings that are open. There will be hands-on activities for kids, demonstrations to watch, games to play and treats to purchase in the drugstore such as ice cream, root beer and sodas, bottled water, popcorn and other snacks. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.dakotacity.org, call 651-460-8387 or email email@example.com
Kids’ Craft Fair — 10-11:30 a.m., north side of Farmington Library parking lot. Sign up youths to sell handicrafts. All items must be priced at $2 or less. Sellers must register in advance. Space is limited. Ages 4-16. Contact Barbara Svoboda at 651-438-0250.
Bouncy House and Duck Pond — 12 noon to 7 p.m., downtown, organized by Farmington Gymnastics & Cheer.
Beer Gardens – 12 noon-midnight, stage by Beer Gardens
Chalk Drawing Contest — 12 noon-1 p.m., in front of Main Street Day Spa, 326 Third St.
Model Train Club Display — 2-6 p.m., in Rambling River Senior Center
Dew Days Market — 12-8 p.m., downtown Farmington. View a wide variety of local arts, crafts, clothing, books, jewelry, health products and many other items. A list of vendors will be published prior to the event at http://farmingtondewdays.com.
Open Studio — 1:30-3:30 p.m., Farmington Library Large Meeting Room. Work on a current art or craft project while visiting with other makers. Try something new or get help with individual projects. New textile techniques demonstrated as requested. Geared for adults and youth ages 10 and older.
Bike Auction, 3 p.m. viewing, 4:30 p.m. bidding, outdoor stage on Oak Street. Fundraiser for the Rambling River Center.
Demonstrations by Farmington Gymnastics & Cheer — 3-4 p.m., Third Street in front of the Bouncy House.
Bubble Blowing Contest – 4 p.m., age 3 to 103, in front of Heikkila Studio
Pie Eating Contest — 5:30 p.m., downtown stage area. Pre-register at http://farmingtondewdays.com. Only the first six registrants in each age category: ages 6-12 and 13 to adult. To give everyone a chance to win, previous winners will not be allowed to compete. Sponsored by Farmington Bakery.
Safety Zone — 6-9 p.m. Activities sponsored by Twin Cities Fire Engine Association. Participation in the Car Cruise with lineup at the Dakota County Fairgrounds at 6 p.m. and cruise at 7 p.m. Static display 8-9 p.m. on Oak Street between Third and Fourth streets. More information is at www.tcfea.com or contact Dan McNulty, Safety Zone coordinator, 651-343-8706, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 35th Annual Dew Days Bed Races — 6 p.m., in downtown Farmington. Entrants will race down Oak Street between Second and Fourth streets with a challenge to complete along the way. This aims to be an exciting and hilarious race with lots of laughs, cheers, and encouragement needed from the audience. The races are open to all businesses, organizations and neighborhood teams, $25 entry fee payable to Dew Days, each team must be present at 5 p.m. in front of the Senior Center at Oak and Fourth streets, teams limited to nine people. Registration form at http://farmingtondewdays.com.
10th annual Dew Days Car Cruise — 7 p.m. from Dakota County Fairgrounds to historic downtown on Parade route, lineup begins at 4 p.m. with music and door prizes for entrants. Scenic cruise to follow, then a lineup downtown when awards will be handed out and there will be live music on the stage. Car Cruise entry information is at http://farmingtondewdays.com. Entry fee is $5 with all proceeds going to C.E.E.F., which funds Dew Days and provides scholarships for local students. For more information, contact Bruce Matzdorf at 612-298-0094.
Live Music featuring Them Pesky Kids — 8 p.m.-midnight, stage by the Beer Gardens.
Saturday, June 15
Dew Run — 8 a.m., start behind City Hall (new location). Race times: 1 mile - 8 a.m., 1/2 mile Junior Jog - 8:15 a.m., 4 mile - 8:30 a.m. Junior Jog is geared to all ages, but especially for those who are 6 and under. Entry fees: 1 and/or 4 mile is $20 and 1/2 mile Junior Jog is $4. Register online at http://farmingtondewdays.com.
Rib Cookoff — cooking begins at 8:30 a.m. by Beer Garden. Entry into the cookoff will be limited to the first 12 entrants who have a Dew Days button. Judging will start at 4 p.m. at the same location. Sponsored by the Bourbon Butcher. Grand prize: $300 Bourbon Butcher dinner. Entry info at farmingtondewdays.com.
Softball Tournament — 9 a.m. start and may run into Sunday depending on number of teams fielded by June 12 noon deadline, Stelzel Fields (corner of Highway 3 and 195th Street West). Men’s C and D bracket - double elimination. CA Gear coupon and cash prizes for each bracket. For more information, contact Josh Lindgren at 612-210-3652 or email@example.com or Denise Williamson at 651-463-4931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids Fishing Contest — 9-11 a.m., Prairie View Park Shelter. Open to ages of 0-15. Prizes and bait are provided. Bring your own fishing pole. This event runs rain or shine. No registration required. Lunch provided following the contest at 11 a.m. For more info, contact SDSC: email@example.com, 612-217-2582. Sponsored by Southern Dakota County Sportsmen’s Club.
Food Vendors — 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
Bouncy House and Duck Pond — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., downtown, organized by Farmington Gymnastics & Cheer.
Dew Days Market — 10 a.m.-8 p.m., downtown Farmington. View a wide variety of local arts, crafts, clothing, books, jewelry, health products and many other items. A list of vendors will be published prior to the event at http://farmingtondewdays.com.
Farmington Kiddie Parade — 10 a.m., lineup, 10:30 a.m. parade, in front of Old National Bank. For tots, toddlers and grade school ages. Dress in costumes and decorate wagons and strollers in a theme to be announced. Sponsored by Homestead Community Church. Contact Teresa Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristie Kerr at email@example.com. Immediately after the parade will be the Puppet Wagon and snacks will be provided.
Meet the Robots — 10:30 a.m.-12 noon, Farmington Library Large Meeting Room. Open house demonstration by the Farmington High School Robotics Team.
Safety Zone — 12 noon to 5 p.m. Twin Cities Fire Engine Association events: all day, learn about smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors with demonstrations, and learn basic first aid tips and dummy drag demonstration; 2 p.m. wilderness first aid stretcher, backboard, demonstration; 2:30 p.m. CPR and AED - one-person, two-person, demonstration. Minnesota Fire Engine Club events all day: shoot water at miniature house using a firehose; 12 noon firefighter turnout donning with self-contained breathing apparatus demonstration; 1 p.m. kids firehose rolling contest, fire hose bundle carry and chop block; 3 p.m. search and rescue demonstration; 4 p.m. old versus new firefighting equipment demonstration. More information is at www.tcfea.com, www.mnfec.com or contact Dan McNulty, Safety Zone coordinator, 651-343-8706, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bean Bag Tournament — 1 p.m., downtown Farmington on Oak Street Across from Old National Bank. Pit your bean-bag throwing skills against friends and neighbors, or watch and cheer on your favorite team. Prizes and bragging rights are at stake. Sponsored by the City of Farmington. Two-person teams, entry fees $20 per team preregister, or $25 on day of tournament. Register by emailing email@example.com, phone Tim Donnelly (612-280-3473). Prizes given to first, second, and third place. Other prizes may also be given on day of double elimination tournament. Registration at http://farmingtondewdays.com.
Model Train Club Viewing – 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St.
Mobile Sign Shop — 2:30-4:30 p.m., Farmington Library parking lot. Create your own customized, carved wooden sign, inspired by the cabin signs of Northern Minnesota. Presented by ReadyGo artist Peter Haakon Thompson.
VFW Steak Fry — 4-8 p.m., at VFW. Hosted by Farmington High School Dance Team, tickets sold at the door.
Farmington Dew Days Grand Parade 2018 — 5 p.m. Parade starts at Dakota County Fairgrounds, travels north on Third Street, right on Spruce Street and south on Fourth Street back to the fairgrounds. Noise sensitivity zone on Fourth Street from Maple to Ash streets.
Kiss the Pig — 6:30 p.m. on the stage under the big tent. Contestants this year are Dew Days Co-Chair and District 192 School Board Member Jake Cordes, Farmington Police Chief Gary Rutherford, Dr. Pamela Rupnow from Family Vision Clinic, City Council Member Joshua Hoyt and reigning Kiss the Pig champ Erin Holmes, band director for Farmington High School. People can donate to whichever contestant they’d like to see kiss the pig. Donation containers are in various locations around Farmington and all proceeds benefit the Rambling River Center.
Synergy Dance Center — 6:45 p.m., in front of Rambling River Center garage
Music — 8 p.m.-midnight, stage by Beer Gardens