About Our Summer Festival

Your Ticket to Enjoyable Activities for the Whole Family

Looking for an affordable family get together?  Be sure to attend Crookston Ox Cart Days August 17-23, 2020 in Crookston, Minnesota.  This is your ticket to the year’s hottest summer get together.  Now in its 31st 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, Downtown Square, Central Park, and at some of our fantastic businesses. 

We welcome you to check out our historic Downtown District as we offer week-long sales, food and fun by many of our local retailers. 

A summer festival would be nothing without great food and ice cold beverages, and we will be hosting a mouthwatering Rib Fest contest, the Corn and Brat Feed as well as several choices from amazing food vendors.  This year we offer up new beer, wine and drink selections with both the Irishman's Shanty and Drafts Sports Bar & Grill serving up many of your favorite choices!

Parades, Contests, and More

Of course we will feature the long standing Classic Cruisers vintage car show in Central Park hosted by the Crookston Classic Cruisers.  Along with that we have many competitions, contests and activity based options like Dodgeball, Sports Trivia, Lip Sync Contest, Happy Joe's Pizza Eating Contest, Tractor Pull, Beanbag and Corn Hole Tournaments, 5k, 10k and Kid's Run, and of course the Little Miss, Junior Miss, Miss Crookston and Miss Tootsie Pageants.  We offer many kid-friendly choices, too, including a petting zoo, pony rides, Build a Buddy workshop, bouncy houses and $1 movie matinees.  We cater to all ages with our Thursday, Friday and Saturday entertainment, and parades.  If you are looking for concerts, look no further as we will have fantastic musical entertainment with band names to be released soon!

Honor and Tradition

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 to and honor our local veterans, and thank them for their service. Like last year, in 2020 we will combine the Veteran's Ceremony with the annual Ice Cream Social at the beautiful University of Minnesota Crookston campus. Also a tradition on Friday of the festival, we will have the annual Pancake Feed hosted by our local firefighters and police 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.

CHS Class of 1980 40th Class Reunion - Save the Date for Friday, August 21, 2020. More information to follow!



For more information about our summer festival, call us today at 701-610-6454. We welcome sponsors, donations, and volunteers.