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The 2019 Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush 5k was a success! Plans are already underway for the 2020 5k. Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 16th to join us for a lovely run through our small town filled with vintage and antique vendors.

race winners
race winners

Our winners this year were a husband and wife duo! Congratulations to the winner of the men's race NATHAN SWENSON from Pine Island with a time of 16 min 12.93 seconds.Congratulations to the winner of the women's race BARBARA SWENSON with a time of 20 minutes 17.10 seconds.

Use your bib number to find your results here .

Check out images from the event here on our website. Visit our Facebook Page to find even more pictures and tag yourself and friends!

Thank you to those who came out to participate. Proceeds from the 5k are put toward the general Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days fund which benefits many organizations throughout the community of Oronoco.

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The first annual Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Car show took place on August 17th, 2019. We had an amazing turnout for our first ever show! Visitors enjoyed watching vehicles of all makes, models and years parade through Downtown Oronoco. The show took place amidst our vintage and antique vendors so shoppers and vendors alike could take a break to appreciate the special vehicles, talk with their owners and vote on their favorite.

Congratulations to the People's Choice Award Winners, Kevin and Paige Collins with their 1969 Mach 1 Mustang!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 15th from 2-5pm to join us for our 2nd annual Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days Car Show.

Visit our Facebook Page to see more Downtown Oronoco Car Show pictures and tag yourself and friends! Keep an eye on our Car Show website page to stay up to date on information about our 2020 show.

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It has only been 3 weeks since the last shopper loaded up their treasures and the last vendor pulled out of Oronoco and we are already preparing for next year's show! Before we get too busy planning next year's event, we'd like to take this time to thank the vendors, shoppers, volunteers and citizens of Oronoco for contributing to another amazing Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days. Without all of you, this show would not be possible!

As time goes on, Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days continues to evolve to with the ever changing market. Antiques and vintage goods will always be the highlight of our show but we strive to add events that will create a well rounded experience for the whole family. This year we added a Car Show to the lineup of weekend events. Cars paraded down Minnesota Avenue on Saturday afternoon and were led to a lot where visitors could browse through all the vehicles and vote on their favorite vintage car.

The 2nd annual Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days 5k was a great success! Runners enjoyed the new route that led them along the streets of Downtown Oronoco and vendors enjoyed cheering on the runners as they raced past their booths. Plans are already underway for the 3rd annual Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush 5k on Sunday, August 23rd.

The best part of Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days will always be browsing through through the hundreds of vendors who bring their unique goods from far and wide to share with our shoppers. This year was no exception! Shoppers came away thrilled by having found the treasure they were hunting for and vendors left with a lighter load and a few new friends. Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days is a special show, one that will continue to please shoppers and vendors alike for many years to come.

Mark your calendars for next year's show, the 3rd FULL weekend in August. Friday, August 21, Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday, August 23rd.

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Each year during Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days, we collect non-perishable food items for our local food shelf. The food shelf is an important resource in our community and is open to residents of Olmsted County. Bring your food item to the Information Booth near the Post Office during Gold Rush and receive a small gift.

Volunteers are vital to the food shelf so your participation is most welcome!  This type of volunteering is an easy and fun way to give back to your community.  Please call Rachel Stanton for more information about volunteering or to schedule a time to visit 507-250-0428 or Lance at 507-367-4952.  Food donations are welcome and can be dropped off either at the Food Shelf during open hours, or at Oronoco City Hall. 

The Food Shelf is open the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 5pm to 7pm in the spring, summer and fall. During the winter, the hours change to 4pm to 6pm. The Oronoco Food Shelf is located in the Presbyterian Church at 20 3rd street SW in Oronoco.

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Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days is an antique show and flea market event filled with goods from different places and times. It can be intimidating for beginner shoppers to navigate the lingo. To help you ease into the weekend, we compiled a list of the most popular words you might hear at our show to help you make the best decisions possible while shopping at Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days.

Antique vs. Vintage These are arguably two of the most used words you will hear at our event. So what is the difference between antique and vintage? Antiques are considered to be a piece of furniture, work of art or collectible object that is 100 years old or more. Vintage is similar but is aged at 25 years or older.

Smalls People often use the word "smalls" to describe small vintage or antique home decor items and accessories. Other worse to describe these little items of value are knicknacks, baubles and Tchotchkes.

Collectible Any item that is regarded to have value or interest for collectors is considered to be a collectible. Collectibles are often times worth more money than they were originally sold for.

Primitive To be considered a primitive, an item must be hand made, and utilitarian - think wooden bowls, spoons and such. These items were often made by untrained people. Primitives are generally very old and usually older than 100 years and therefore considered antique.

Folk art Folk art is antique or contemporary art made by hand by craftsmen, not artists. Folk art is similar to primitive but can be It is expressive and often colorful. Hand made picture frames, wooden toys, and cigar boxes are some examples of items considered to be folk art.

Upcycled This is a fairly new term used to describe a form of recycling. Up-cycled tend to be pieces of low value that are changed and become a product of higher quality and thus value. Jack-o-lanterns made from old gas cans are a great example of an upcycled item.

Art Deco A style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. Art Deco features bold geometric shapes and patterns accented by high shine gold or chrome and the colors navy or black. The movie Great Gatsby is a great example of the art deco style.

Mid Century Mod This type of decor is having major come back thanks to shows such as MadMen. This style from the 50's and 60's is sleek and simple. The furniture often features bright colors, gold metal, laminate tops, narrow or hairpin legs and is usually made out of walnut or teak.

Chinoiserie -This European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian art is often found featured on beautiful pieces of furniture and porcelain. Beautiful vases and screens are often mediums for this type of art.

These are just a few of the words you will hear falling from the lips of our vendors and shoppers during your trip to Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days and we hope you find the knowledge helpful. While we are happy to provide this information we'd be remiss if we didn't tell you that the secret to learning the most about the goods at our show is to ask the vendors. Vendors are a treasure trove of information and are more than happy to share their knowledge with the shoppers! Make sure to stop and ask about that interesting piece that catches your eye during the show. You might just get a little lesson in history and you will definitely walk away with a great story and maybe a new treasure!

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