Harvest Local Oct. 13-15
An inspiration from November’s nationally-known Shop Local day, Harvest Local is a weekend to find one-of-a-kind buys from local craftsmen and mom-and-pop shops. The annual Maker Fair Minnesota is a handcrafted artisan event in St. Peter. Shop for that unique gift or make and take a craft while the kids enjoy activities tailor fit for them. Stroll along the Minnesota River toward Mankato, where there is plenty to discover in the City Center. Take part in the search for the Harvest Local medallion; experience days gone by at the Blue Earth County Historical Society; or find CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour works that are inspired by agriculture (hint: there are at least 3!). Keep checking back for more activities, coupons and incentives added!
CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour: See and enjoy art out in the open on the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour. In this annual year long tour, you’ll find 27 sculptures by artists from around the world in mediums ranging from re-purposed vehicular traffic signs to carved granite throughout City Center Mankato. A couple works were made from items found around the farm! Spinosaurus’ vertebrae were made from barn cleaner chain links from a dairy farm. Stegacrane was made using parts from old farm machinery—it’s part of a series of pieces combining extinct creatures with extinct farm technology. Vote for your favorite sculpture to win the People’s Choice Award, which will be purchased by City Center Partnership for permanent installation in the City Center. More>
Northern Frights: Northern Frights is a haunted attraction located at the Blue Earth County Fairgrounds in Garden City. It’s open at 7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October (closing times vary; see website for details). Northern Frights features five main attractions: Minnesota Legends, Zombie Outbreak, Killer Clowns in 3D, Phobias Maze and Terror Tunnel.
Incentive: Northern Frights offers $3 off a wristband to be used Oct. 13 or 14. Northern Frights is also featuring caramel apples from a local grower and a new Minnesota Legends room where guests will walk through a “Children of the Corn”-style room.
Deadly Harvest – Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: “The Mankato bio-genetics firm, Green Thumb, Ltd. and local farmers claim to have developed radioactive soybeans to use as bio fuel for cars and secretly for nuclear weapons. Their assertion is that the soil is PERFECT in Mankato. The magic beans (like in the story) may be fake! A local scientist, retired General, and the Chamber of Commerce President are at odds and one thing is certain: someone will be murdered!”
Incentive: Country Inn & Suites is offering $10 off the Deadly Harvest – Murder Mystery Dinner Theater performance. Must purchase tickets in person with printed incentive.
Maker Fair Minnesota: The event features a large all-handcrafted fair showcasing artisans selling everything from knitting works to stained glass to soap, jewelry to pottery, home décor and clothing. Meet the makers and start your holiday shopping by buying local, one of a kind creations. Attendees can also get crafty by making adult and kid make-and-take crafts. More>
Blue Earth County Historical Society: The Blue Earth County Historical Center and Museum, operated by the Blue Earth County Historical Society, features an interactive history museum dedicated to the rich heritage of Blue Earth County, a fully-staffed Research Center for historians and genealogists, and an extensive book and gift shop featuring unique local items like Marian Anderson fine art prints. The History Center also hosts traveling exhibits, a community art gallery and hands-on discovery lab for kids of all ages. The History Center is open year-round; admission is charged. More>
Farmamerica Harvest Hustle: You’re in for a TREAT at this autumn-related event! Kids of all ages can take part in this fun-filled afternoon. Trick or Treat in your Halloween costume around Farmamerica’s 3/4-mile site! This event will surely get you in the Halloween spirit! More>
Terrace View Fall Festival: Exciting things are happening at Terrace View Golf Course like the inaugural Terrace View Fall Festival, Mankato’s first event to celebrate harvest and community! Celebrate while taking in the joys of the season. You can easily spend an entire day at the festival, and even pick up your pumpkins, gourds, squash, and other fall decor, by Hay by George, on your way out…maybe even squeeze in a round of golf! Terrace View Fall Festival attractions include a large corn pit and straw bale maze, a toddler straw bale maze, tire tractor mountain, pumpkin launch, pumpkin patch and so much more! More>
Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Harvest Festival: Celebrate harvest at the Children’s Museum! Look forward to a month-long fall celebration that includes a toddler straw maze, soybean and corn pits, as well as a wide variety of harvest-themed activities! For the month of October, enjoy harvest activities for your children. Get a full calendar of events. More>
Incentive: The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota offers 50 percent off daily admission for up to 4 people; good for Oct. 14-15 only.
Mankato Farmers Market: The Mankato Farmers Market has been in Mankato for over 40 years. Shopping at and supporting the farmers’ market circulates money within our community, helping to keep it strong. Local farmers and artisans at the market continue to help our community thrive by recirculating your wisely spent dollars. Vendors at our market are required to make or produce their goods wholly or substantially from within 40 miles of Mankato. This stipulation keeps food miles, waste, and resource use to a minimum. They believe in healthy soils, foods, and families, practices that positively affect our community. The main outdoor Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, through the second Saturday in October. Hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Mankato Farmers’ Market is also open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The market is located at 1895 Adams Street in the Best Buy parking lot. More>
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