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's winners are:
- 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
This year is our 14th Annual Arbor Day Celebration, which will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 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.
Also this year, Rochester is Minnesota DNR’s 2016 State Arbor Month Celebration city with our Arbor Day Celebration being the kick-off event. Check out Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website for more Arbor Month 2016 activities in Rochester!
Arbor Month 2016 Partner: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Participants include: Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, Olmsted County Environmental Resources, Olmsted Soil & Water Conservation District, 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 2016 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
- Prairie Walls’ Portable Climbing Wall
- Bean Bag Toss Game
- RPU Tire Toss Game
- Temporary Tattoos
- Bird Wheel of Fortune Game
- Scavenger Hunt
And much more!
Highlights from 2016's Celebration: