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Fairs, Festivals & Events

Looking for something special to do?  Want to be entertained?  Need to keep some out of town guests busy?    Check out the Fairs, Festivals and Events listings below! 

Summer, winter, spring or fall, the communities of Jackson County have a wide variety of one and multiple day events - just ready for YOU!  Check out the Events Calendar for specific event times.   Then, come join us in the communities of Jackson County.

Corn Cob Open

Held the 3rd Thursday in August, the Minnesota Corn Cob Open is a 9-hole golf tournament for the duffer and the experienced golfer. THE TOURNAMENT IS OPEN TO Minnesota and National Corn Grower Members and Spouses Minnesota and National Associate Corn Grower Members and Spouses. It is a FUN tournament with trophies and awards. These awards will be divided into groups of Golfers with handicaps and Duffers with no handicaps. Groups will consist of Corn Growers, Associate Corn Growers, and Women.

The tournament is held at three courses:

Jackson Golf Club is located on Hwy. 71 N. in Jackson, MN.
Emerald Valley Golf Club is located on Hwy. 86 N. in Lakefield, MN.
Loon Lake Golf Club is located on Jackson Co. Rd. #17, south of Jackson, MN.

PO Box 49
Jackson , MN 56143
Farm & Home Show
Sharon Henning
The Jackson Farm and Home Show is held the 3rd Saturday in March at the AGCO Engineering Center / Showroom located in the Jackson Industrial Parkway.  The show hosts over 60 exhibitors from Jackson and the surrounding area.  They look forward to speaking with you about a variety of products and services they have to offer.  There is something for everyone at the show, from Ag-related products to landscaping and great items for the home.
Jackson , MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-3867
Ft. Belmont Rendezous

Gather with the buck skinners at the Annual Fort Belmont Rendezvous on the weekend after Labor Day to celebrate the lifestyle of years gone by.  Primitive camping, cooking over an open fire, blacksmithing, demonstrations of pioneer living and other trades of the 1800’s will be on display to experience.  Watch the Black Powder Rifle shoot on Saturday, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, or just enjoy the beautiful fall prairie flowers.  Special entertainment will be on the schedule for the weekend.

US Hwy 71 and I-90
Jackson , MN 56143
Holiday Fest
Sharon Henning
Gathering the first Saturday in December for a day of fun activities and preparing for the holidays has become a tradition in the Jackson community.   Topping off the day is a lighted parade and fireworks!   

Click HERE for full schedule and details
Jackson , MN 56143
Intivity Center

Built in 1973 by Al McQuinn, founder of what is today the application equipment division of AGCO, the facility in Jackson produced the industry’s first self-propelled sprayers. The factory has undergone renovations and expansions over the decades to keep up with the growing demand for application equipment. In 2006, the first tractor assembly was brought to Jackson, with the new assembly line to handle the Challenger track tractors and articulated 4WD tractors.

Most recently, in 2011, the tractor assembly line underwent a 75,000 square foot expansion to bring wheeled row-crop tractor production to North America for Massey Ferguson and Challenger. This expansion includes AGCO’s first North American visitor center – Intivity Center.

The Intivity Center is going to be a must-see destination that will showcase AGCO’s leadership in the development of agricultural innovations that will benefit North American growers now and long into the future.” Interactive displays, animation of futuristic products, videos, an extensive collection of historical artifacts are among Intivity Center features in the state-of-the-art 16,000 square foot facility.

Click on the our website for more information, hours and to schedule a tour!

202 Industrial Parkway
Jackson , MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-2690
Jackson County Fair

Make plans to join your family and friends at the 145th Jackson County Fair - Monday, July 22 to Saturday, July 27, 2013!!!

78748 550th Avenue
P. O. Box 175
Jackson , MN 56143
Jackson Speedway Nationals
Prairie Winds Kite Fly
Prairie Ecology Bus Center
The Jackson Municipal Airport is the host for the Prairie Winds Kite Fly sponsored and organized by the Prairie Ecology Bus Center staff.  Normally scheduled for the first weekend after Labor Day, the day centers around family fun (including making your own kits), kite races and watching kites of all sizes and shapes fly!
Jackson , MN 56143
Rhythm of the River
Kathy Fransen
A festival for the generations - Our goals include offering a variety of music and art for all ages, exposing festival goers to new music, singer/songwriters, as well as familiar tunes.  We celebrate our cultural heritage, and welcome everyone to celebrate the beauty of the City of Jackson and our little bend in the Des Moines River.  The River Rocks and the Art Flows!
P. O. Box 84
Jackson , MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-2076
Summer Fest
Kelly Rasche
Lakefield , MN 56150
Town & Country Days
Sharon Henning

Join us for a weekend of fun activities in and around Jackson ... check back for more information!

Jackson , MN 56143
Tri for Health
Swim - Bike - Run -Cheer!

Tri for Health is a triathalon type fun event for kids of every skill level from age 5 to 14. Chip timing will be provided by Pickle Events. By being an active kid, you will be able to complete all levels of this triathlon. Our goal is to make triathlons fun, and to keep kids healthy.

Pool swim. All start times will be assigned. Bike course will be out and back with controlled traffic by volunteers. Course is generally flat, with some small hills on the run course.
Age Swim Bike Run
5-7 15 Meters 1 Mile 1/4 Miles
8-10 25 Meters 2 Miles 1/2 Mile
11-12 50 Meters 4 Miles 1 Mile
13-14 50 Meters 4 Miles 1 Miles
15-Adult 150 Meters 8 Miles 2 Miles (FRIDAY NIGHT)

Check our website for more information on the 2012 Tri For Health