Area destinations that are soon to become favorites

It’s fall and that means fun on the farm. Pick your own apples or pumpkins. Take a ride in a wagon. Learn how apple cider is made and enjoy some with a donut from the farm store. Pet farm animals or play in their fun play area. Or get lost in a corn maze.

Every year on the weekend after Labor Day since 1948, the people of Northfield have been honoring their brave predecessors for their efforts to thwart a bank robbery in 1876 by that notorious outlaw Jesse James. The James-Younger gang hailed from Missouri, a border state with divided loyalties over secession and slavery and rife with conflict.

It’s fair season in Minnesota. Fairs and festivals celebrating the past and the present abound all around the state. County fairs have been in full swing since the middle of June and come to a close in early September with Lac qui Parle having the last word. Minnesota hosts more than 90 county fairs showcasing every region’s food, fun, and farming world. If you hurry, you can still visit a few.

Mark your calendars, check your closets, it’s time for the Vintage Band Festival. This year’s brass extravaganza is a one-day event in downtown Northfield at Bridge Square on July 29 from 10 am-10 pm. Come dressed to the nines in period clothing, costumes, or long contra dance skirts. Kick up your heels or clap your hands as you enjoy the music presented by 11 bands from near and far.

Minnesota is an interesting state.  Traditionally, farms conjure images of wheat fields, livestock and dairy production.  They consist of large tracts of land worked by one family for generations.  In recent years, Minnesotans have tweaked that picture.  They may now involve the community to help young families grow a successful farm through CSA programs or produce alternative sources of energy on solar or wind farms.  They may even feature the newest c

If this is a Saturday in June, then it must be the Riverwalk Market Fair.  Welcome to Northfield's own open-air market!  Located in historic downtown Northfield, this event, now in its seventh year, fills Bridge Square and spills unto the Cannon River Walkway every Saturday now through October 22.  Vendors are ready to welcome you come rain or shine from 9 am to 1 pm.  Enjoy the scenery as you shop their booths for locally grown summer produce such as f

Minnesota, the land of lots of lakes and great fishing.  That means, you don't have to travel far to find fun places for fishing and recreational water activities, even south of the Twin Cities.  Take Lakeville, for instance.  It is twenty miles south of the downtown districts of Minneapolis and St.

There's nothing like a steaming mug of hot chocolate accompanied by yuletide carols to spread the Spirit of Christmas.  And that's what you and your families will find at this year's Winter Walk in Northfield.

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