The celebration is held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in 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 15th Annual Arbor Day Celebration, which will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Three Links – Silver Lake Park, located at 840 7th St NE in Rochester. As in past years, if there is extreme weather, the event will be moved indoors to Rochester Community and Technical College's Field House.
Participants include: Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Olmsted County Environmental Resources, Olmsted Soil & Water Conservation District, Quarry Hill Nature Center, RNeighbors, Rochester Public Library, Rochester Public Works, and Zumbro Valley Audubon.
The festivities include:
- Free Admission
- Free Food – Hot Dogs, Chips, Corn on the Cob, Cookies, and Soda
- Presentation of 2017 Poster Contest Winners
- Live Music from Paul Mayasich and his band, Real American Made Music
- Free Trees
- Family Activities including:
- Smokey Bear
- Clowns and Balloonists
- Bean Bag Toss Game
- Prairie Walls’ Portable Climbing Wall
- RPU Tire Toss Game
- Temporary Tattoos
- Bird Wheel of Fortune Game
- Tree Medallion Necklaces
And much more!
Highlights from 2016's Celebration:
- Overall Winner- Paige Patten- Mr. Kietkerk, Jefferson
- First Grade- So-Yeon Smith- Mrs. Daniels, Ben Franklin Montessori
- Second Grade- Lexie Zielsdorf- Mrs. Jacobson, Sunset Terrace
- Third Grade- Leah Monosmith- Mrs. Neurer, Washington
- Fourth Grade- Claudia Meier- Mrs. Duff, Bamber Valley
- Fifth Grade- Isaiah Hanson- Mrs. Burdick, Washington