Boat, cars and UFOs will light up the weekendThe American Queen, the elegant paddlewheel riverboat, will make its first visit of the season to Red Wing on Friday. An earlier scheduled stop was canceled because of flooding downriver.
By: Ruth Nerhaugen, The Republican Eagle
The American Queen, the elegant paddlewheel riverboat, will make its first visit of the season to Red Wing on Friday. An earlier scheduled stop was canceled because of flooding downriver.
The Queen is expected to tie up at Levee Wall around 11 a.m., although it’s been known to arrive hours earlier. It will leave at 5 p.m. and continue upriver to the Twin Cities.
The Queen’s Bees will be in Levee Park to greet visitors as they come ashore. More than 40 will go on a bus tour of Red Wing.
Check the riverboat’s progress and arrival time by calling the Visitors and Convention Bureau at (800) 498-3444.
Antique Power Show
The restored pioneer village on 220th Street north of Miesville will come alive Friday through Sunday during the 18th annual Little Log House Antique Power Show. Classic Ford cars and trucks will be featured this year, plus there will be three pulls — tractors at 6 p.m. Friday, trucks at 6 p.m. Saturday, and antique/classic tractors at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Throughout the weekend, people will be able to check out living history demonstrations, a flea market, lumber and shingle sawmills, a rock crusher, gas engines, a collection of cast-iron seats, antique snowmobiles and vintage buildings and shops. There’s a parade at 11 a.m. day, and the Cannon Old West Society will put on a show Saturday and Sunday. Music will be featured daily at noon.
The grounds are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $8 for adults, or $15 for a weekend pass. For more information call (651) 437-2693 or go to www.
ELMWOOD, Wis. — Earthlings and aliens alike are invited to visit Elmwood for the 30th annual UFO Days Friday through Sunday. The festival was inspired by UFO sightings. The Grand Parade at 2 p.m. Sunday will recall those sightings.
Saturday’s highlights include a car and truck show, children’s games, a 20-mile tractorcade ride, bike races and water fights. A pony pull will start at 11 a.m.
The festival concludes Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. kiddie parade, grand parade and chicken-throwing contest. Call (715) 283-4280 for more details.
WABASHA — Theme for the 30th annual Riverboat Days Festival, which runs Friday and Saturday, is “150 Years: Catch the Spirit and Pass It On.” Wabasha and the state of Minnesota both are celebrating sesquicentennials.
Saturday’s events will include a quilt show, skateboard competition, arts and craft fairs, K-9 demonstrations, children’s games, water fights and a pedal tractor pull. The grand parade will be at 6 p.m., and the band Troubleshooter will play in the beer tent area at 9:30 p.m.
For more information, go to www.wabasha.mn.org or call (651) 565-4158.
Old Car Show
ELLSWORTH — The 31st annual Beldenville Old Car Club Show and Swap Meet will get under way at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Pierce County Fairgrounds. Admission is free to people driving show cars, or $5 for 13 and older. The traditional roast pork luncheon will be served.
In addition to vintage cars and trucks, the show will feature farm toys. A total of 75 trophies will be awarded in 15 classes. For more information, contact Tim Redding at (715) 273-6211.