About Our Summer Festival

Your Ticket to Enjoyable Activities for the Whole Family

Looking for an affordable family get together?  Be sure to attend the Crookston Ox Cart Days August 14th-19th in Crookston, Minnesota.  This is your ticket to the year’s hottest summer get together.  Now in its 29th year, this community event is a celebration of tradition, honor and fun that only our community can deliver.  It is also the best way to make new friends, catch up with old ones and check out the many businesses and entities our city has to offer.  We will host events at the beautiful University of Minnesota Crookston campus, Highland Park Complex, the Downtown Square and Central Park to name a few.

We welcome you to check out the many sights and sounds of Crookston as you attend our craft and vendor show and continue on to check out the sidewalk sales at the many unique shops we have in town. 

A summer festival would be nothing without great food and ice cold beverages and we will be hosting a mouthwatering Rib Fest contest, a corn and brat feed along with great food vendors and a beer garden to keep everyone satisfied.

Parades, Contests, and More

Marvel at the display of vintage cars as you join the Classic Cruisers in Central Park on Saturday. There is something for every member of the family at Ox Cart Days; a kiddie parade, duck races, bouncy house bonanza, build a stuffed buddy workshop, kids bean bag toss, lip sync contest, tractor pull and much, much more! We have a Saturday evening parade that is the best around, followed by an amazing fireworks display and a street dance featuring the Minnesota cover band Junk FM.

Honor and Tradition

The Crookston Ox Cart Days serves not only as a way to celebrate with friends and family, but also to honor our community heroes. Each year we have a ceremony to pay tribute and honor our local Veterans.  There will be the traditional pancake feed hosted by our local police and  firefighters at the Fire Hall as they encourage families to tour their facility.


Having your class reunion this Ox Cart Days? Let us know your Alum year and Schedule of Events and we will post it here for you to share.

Class of 1958

The Central High School Class of 1958 will be celebrating their 60th class reunion on Friday August 17th at the Irishman's Shanty. We will have a dinner starting at 5 p.m. and also a breakfast at the Shanty on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Class of 1968

The Crookston CHS Class of 1968 will hold its 50th reunion on August 18 at the Crookston Inn. For information on registration and schedule details please go to Crookston CHS Class of 1968, a group on Facebook or to the Crookston Public Schools web site and look under reunions.

Class of 1978

The Central High School Class of 1978 will be celebrating their reunion at the following times:
Friday August 17th 7pm
Social at Minakwa
Saturday August 18th Dinner at the Eagles 6pm

Class of 1998

Friday, August 17th @ 6 p.m. Class of 1998 Social, Supper & Dance at the VFW. For more info go to Facebook page - Crookston High School Class of 1998




For more information about our summer festival, call us today at 218-289-3199. We welcome sponsors, donations, and volunteers.