Worthington hosts several annual events that bring our community together. Activities for the young and old alike, the adventurous, and those just wanting to relax and be a spectator. Below is the list of our annual events which Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor...
2016 Community Events
Winterfest, January 22nd & 23rd
January’s Winterfest, one of Worthington’s newest events, is sure to add chilling excitement to the winter season. Participate in the Southwest Minnesota Fishing Club’s Ice Fishing Tournament. Watch the crowning of the Winterfest ambassador and enjoy winter activities on Lake Okabena. Be sure to catch The Deep Freeze Dip (local residents jump into ice cold Lake Okabena) all to raise money for a local charity. New events like the Chili Cook off and Pond Hockey are sure to please!
Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival, Sailboard Beach - Lake Okabena, June 10th - 12th
Regatta Bike Ride, Centennial Park - June 11th
Enjoy live music, food, arts and of course windsurfing. Visit www.worthingtonwindsurfing.com for more information.
Old Fashioned 4th of July, Pioneer Village - July 4th
See history come to life at Pioneer Village’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration. Pioneer Village is a historical attraction located next to the Nobles County Fairgrounds. Visitors can enjoy barbecues, hot dogs and lemonade in the village’s fire hall; sip sarsaparilla in the Red Garter Saloon; and watch demonstrations of frontier life at various venues. Each year a melodrama is performed by local actors and actresses. Take a step back in time and spend the Fourth of July in Worthington.
Visit www.noblespioneervillage.com for more information
International Festival , July 8th & 9th
Celebrate the many cultures in Worthington at the International Festival. This colorful festival is every July at the Nobles County Government Center lawn in downtown Worthington. A talent contest, music and food from around the world, children’s activities and much more make this an event you do not want to miss. Their website is www.worthingtoninternationalfestival.org
Nobles County Fair, August 10th- 14th
There is sure to be family fun for everyone at the Nobles County Fair held each August at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. A full carnival runs Thursday through Sunday and grandstand events Friday through Sunday. All 4-H and open class entries from livestock, to photography to flowers are on display throughout the fair. Visit Machinery Row on Stower Drive. And of course there is plenty of tasty fair food available. There is no admission charge to get on the grounds! For more details visit www.noblescountyfair.com for more information.
Crusin' Downtown Worthington , August 9th
Enjoy a fun night in downtown Worthington looking at classic cars and antique tractors. Enjoy live music and food on the street. This event is getting bigger and bigger each year and is becoming a favorite for those who attend.
King Turkey Day, September 16th & 17th
Don’t miss Worthington’s King Turkey Day celebration. For more than 70 years, this event has attracted thousands of people to Worthington. Start your day at the free pancake breakfast. During the Great Gobbler Gallop live turkeys are raced down the street in a friendly rivalry with Cuero, Texas. A delegation from Cuero brings a turkey to challenge Worthington’s famous turkey, Paycheck. Right after the gallop, one of the area’s largest parades kicks off. Hundreds of people gather along Worthington’s Tenth Street to catch the action. A featured speaker, 10K race and carnival are all a part of King Turkey Day festivities. Visit www.kingturkeyday.net for more information.