The celebration is held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in downtown Rochester
and is open to the public. The festivities include live music, lunch,
free trees, various vendors, and many family activities. Winners of
the elementary school Arbor Day Poster Contest are also announced.
This year is our 11th Annual Arbor Day Celebration, which will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013 at Mayo Park, located behind the Mayo Civic Center. As in past years, if there is extreme weather, the event will be moved indoors - this year to Rochester Community and Technical College's Field House.
Participants include: Olmsted Soil & Water Conservation District, People's Energy Cooperative, Quarry Hill Nature Center, RNeighbors, Rochester Public Library, Rochester Public Works, University of Wisconsin-Steven's Point, Zumbro Valley Audubon, and Zumbro Valley Woodland Council.
The festivities include:
• Free Admission
• Free Food – Hot Dogs, Chips, Corn on the Cob, Cookies, and Soda
• Presentation of 2013 Poster Contest Winners
Overall Winner- Lydia Bell
First Grade- Norah Young
Second Grade- Maya Nordine
Third Grade- Rita Dai
Fourth Grade- Nathan Eberhart
Fifth Grade- Brandy Sutter
• Live Music from Paul Mayasich and his band, Real American Made Music
• Free Trees
• Family Activities including:
o Smokey Bear
o Clowns and Balloonists
o Bean Bag Toss
o Temporary Tattoos
o Scavenger Hunt
o Kids Tree Climbing
• And much more!
Also, starting at 12:30 pm, is the Right Tree, Right Place tree planting. RNeighbors, Rochester Park & Recreation, RPU, and citizen volunteers will plant 50 appropriate type trees under power lines. All ages of the public are welcome to join. There is no cost or experience necessary. Meet at Mayo Park, east of the Mayo Civic Center. Download the flyer for more information.