About Our Summer Festival

Your Ticket to Enjoyable Activities for the Whole Family

Longing for a little excitement? Be sure to attend the Crookston Ox Cart Days August 16-20th in Crookston Minnesota. This is your ticket to the year’s hottest summer get together. Now in its 28th year, this community event is a celebration of tradition, honor and fun that only our community can deliver. It is also the best way make new friends, catch up with old ones and delight in the many activities our city has to offer. This year we roll out the celebration with a full day at the beautiful University of Minnesota campus on Wednesday, August 16th. We will be starting the day bright and early with a Wellness Fair featuring the brand new state of the art Wellness Center. We have also added on events to Sunday as we celebrate the first anniversary of the Splash Park along with many other activities at the Highland complex including horseshoes, a home run derby contest, bingo, food and entertainment. 

Experience the many interesting sights and sounds of Crookston during this 5-day fun filled festival. Take your pick from our bevy of talented beauties participating in the Miss Crookston, Jr Miss Crookston and Little Miss Crookston pageants. This year we introduce an exciting new event, the Miss Tootsie pageant and this is one you will have to see to believe! 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 we 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, build a stuffed animal workshop, 5K, 10K and kids glow runs, water wars, air guitar contest, 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.

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. This year we will also honor the Crookston Fire Department as they celebrate their 125th anniversary. There will be the traditional pancake feed hosted by our local firefighters as well as a water wars challenge and a kid’s carnival with games and prizes put on and sponsored by the Crookston Fire Department. We also salute Riverview Health as they graciously sponsor and run their 20th annual bed race. We strive to stay close to our traditions as we FIRE UP with some new and exciting activities thrown in to the party. Schedule us into your summer calendar, we are a small town with BIG plans that include YOU!


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

1967 Reunion - August 18th at Minakwa Golf Course - 1967 Reunion Facebook Page - Don't have Facebook? Try Word Excel or PDF
If you are from this class and want to be in on the fun, please contact Kurt Heldstab at or call or text him at 218-280-0080!

1977 Reunion - August 19th at Minakwa Golf Course after the parade.

1987 Reunion - August 18th at Crookston Inn - 1987 Reunion Facebook Page
Itinerary for the night:
   4pm - The banquet rooms will be available for set up of any class memorabilia, photos, etc.
   5:30 -  Registration / check in begins
   6:00 -  Cash bar opens
   7:00 -  Appetizers will be served
*We will also be discussing a float for the Saturday parade during the Friday evening event.

2007 Reunion - August 18th & 19th - 2007 Reunion Facebook Page

Where To Stay

Crookston Inn

Comfortable, overnight accommodations, pool and hot tub, upscale Dining Room, casual Lounge and Full Service Event & Banquet Facilities all under one roof.



The Cobblestone Hotel and Suites in Crookston, Minnesota lets you stay connected and relaxed while working in or exploring Crookston. We provide our guests with superb amenities and services that give you that home away from home feeling. At our hotel our guests can enjoy a daily and complimentary hot breakfast bar, an indoor pool, a meeting room, in-room microwaves and refrigerators, free weekday newspapers, complimentary high-speed internet, an onsite beer and wine bar, on-site exercise equipment, in-room coffee service, a guest laundry facility, and more. Each of our guestrooms features flat-panel TVs, and upgraded bedding to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.



Our Crookston hotel offers a variety of room types including suites with a whirlpool and fireplace. Wake up each morning to our free, hot, home-style AmericInn Perk breakfast and stay connected with free hotel-wide high-speed internet. Guests also enjoy our inviting indoor pool and hot tub.

For more information about our summer festival, call us today at 218-280-8691. We welcome sponsors, donations, and volunteers.