The 31st Annual Water Tower Festival was originally scheduled for June 25-28, 2020. The Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce postponed our annual community celebration to mid-August in the sincere hope that our State would have progressed farther through the Stay Safe MN phases. However, since June 10th we have remained in Phase III and unfortunately large public gatherings over 250 people are still prohibited. This constraint is prohibiting all but two in-person events on Saturday, August 15th: 1) the Pipestone Cruizers’ Car Show and 2) a Chamber Fundraiser Drive-Thru Lunch sponsored by Pipestone Veterinary Services, Pipestone Development Corporation, Bomgaars, Hank’s Foods, Coborn’s, and Pepsi.
Thursday’s Kids Night, Friday Night’s Block Party (and Street Dance), Saturday’s Annual Parade, and the Arts & Crafts Show will unfortunately not be held this year under the current state restrictions.
Given these state restrictions, we’ve brainstormed some fun family entertainment options which can be done “on your own” schedule outside to avoid creating a large gathering. We have prizes for these events from gift certificates purchased through the Loyal Local T-Shirt Fundraiser held earlier this summer as well as some donations.
These “on your own” outdoor family events will include the following:
1.) Water Tower Medallion Hunt ***UPDATE - MEDALLION HAS BEEN FOUND***
***After 4 full days of searching, the 2020 Water Tower Medallion has been found on the bottom of the black fence just to the left of where Santa's Shed sits on the NE corner of Hiawatha Ave and Main Street!!! Congratulations to brothers from Sioux Center, Iowa ~ Tyler Rozenboom (age 14) and Mason Rozenboom (age 10) ~ and their Grandma Wil Kas of Pipestone on finding the coveted Medallion and winning $100 in Pipestone Area Chamber Checks! Click to hear about their search #OnlyinPipestone. THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has been faithfully searching for days and having fun with their friends and families! And, a special THANKS to our Ghost Writer this year who did a fantastic job with the clues!*** See video HERE.
(***Clues will be aired daily at 7:00 AM beginning Monday, August 10th until found on KLOH 1050 AM, Pipestone County Star's facebook page & website, the Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce's facebook page, and right here at the bottom of this page***) It’s that time for all the super sleuths to find this year’s Medallion for a chance to WIN $100 Pipestone Area Chamber Checks redeemable at any one of our approximately 150+ Chamber Member Businesses! If you find the Medallion, bring it to the Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce to claim your prize and take a photo! One clue per day until found somewhere on PUBLIC land in the City of Pipestone. Have Fun & Good Luck!
2.) Pipestone Photo Contest
Divisions: 1) Adult; 2) Youth; and 3) Professional
Categories: 1) Pipestone Landmarks & Icons; 2) Beauty (flora, fauna, landscape); and 3) Family Fun in Pipestone
3.) PipeStones Scavenger Hunt - CLICK HERE for details and the link to the printable form or stop by the Chamber for one!
4.) Chalk Your Walk Art Contest
5.) Pipestone’s Best Front Yard Contest (décor, flowers, lawncare, landscaping, style, etc…) - CLICK HERE for the entry form.
6.) Hit the Trails #OnlyinPipestone Contest
And, here are the details for the two in person events:
7.) Pipestone Cruizers’ Car Show
Saturday, August 15 (Downtown/Main St – location pending approval)
Registration: 9:00 AM (please enter from the East) - $10 per vehicle entry fee; free admission for public
Show: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Awards: 2:00 PM (over $1500 in cash and other prizes and dash plaques)
(Face masks encouraged, but not required for outdoor events. Please Maintain 6 ft social distancing.)
8.) Pipestone Area Chamber Fundraiser Drive-Thru Lunch sponsored by Pipestone Veterinary Services, Pipestone Development Corporation, Bomgaars, Hank’s Foods, Coborn’s, and Pepsi.
Saturday, August 15 (City Parking Lot behind Stonehouse – location pending approval)
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Menu: Pork Loin Sandwich, Local Sweet Corn, Chips, Cookies, & Water for $10)
(Drive-Thru and limited outdoor seating available Downtown. Please Maintain 6 ft. Social distancing.)
Next week, additional details and updates to events will be posted on the Pipestone Community Events Calendar on our website at PipestoneMinnesota.com, on our Chamber’s facebook page, and submitted to both the Pipestone County Star and Christensen Broadcasting. If you have further questions about these or future events, please contact the Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-825-3316.
Medallion Hunt Clues:
****UPDATE - MEDALLION HAS BEEN FOUND***
The medallion’s location
With some generalization
and is bound
to our historic town.
If you’re to succeed,
Make sure to take heed
And hear each hint
tinted with my whereabouts.
There’s something nearby
That seems to imply.
You are not where your predicted to be.
Towering in history, my whereabouts remain a mystery.
In order to succeed,
Be sure to take heed
And follow each new lead.
Are the clues not quite squaring up?
Here’s an idea
Take a stroll down and find the lights.
I’m bound within the heights,
of many great sites.
In the center of this land,
my location is grand.
As the search keeps going
This clue will help knowing
Where the medallion hides.
Stares abound so be wise.
Dare not look them in the eyes.
With spies all around,
my location is found
near the center of town.