Oronoco Gold Rush supports National Night Out in Oronoco
Alyssa is an Oronoco Gold Rush volunteeer who enjoys the Oronoco National Night Out with her family.

Many people who come to Oronoco for the Oronoco Gold Rush wonder where do those donations go.
One of the best avenues for those funds to go to is the National Night Out in Oronoco. This is a Tuesday night in August when the nation makes an effort to meet their neighbors. In Oronoco this is a very big deal.

For the past number of years Oronoco has enjoyed entertainment from the Fire Department with their truck and hoses for adults and children alike to have fun with.

The Olmsted deputies bring their cannine recruit to entertain all as they demonstrate the talent of their trained dog to take down any trouble makers.  We all maintain our best behavior.  This is a show we all look forward to each year.

The staff of the city of Oronoco also get involved in this very special night.  They work to get donations of toys or gifts that can be given out to both the adults and of course bags for the children. It does take a village to get this ranked as one of the best National Night Outs in Olmsted County. So if you haven't made it to the Oronoco National Night Out yet make sure you mark your calender for Tuesday August 7, 2018. We invite you to come meet your neighbors at the Oronoco City Park.

Oronoco National Night Out draws a crowd.
Oronoco National Night Out draws a crowd. Residents from Oronoco join together at the Oronoco City Park for food, fun and prizes.
Oronoco National Night Out has a clown to entertain the children.
Oronoco National Night Out has a clown to entertain the children.
Oronoco Gold Rush Volunteers help cook and serve the food.
Oronoco Gold Rush Volunteers help cook and serve the food at the Oronoco National Night Out.
The Oronoco National Night Out has bounce slides for kids.
The Oronoco National Night Out has bounce slides for kids.
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Oronoco Gold Rush Volunteers were recruiting for Gold Rush volunteers at National Night Out.

Oronoco Gold Rush volunteers working to recruit volunteers.
Carol and Patsy were recruiting volunteers for the Gold Rush event at National Night Out.

The Oronoco Gold Rush Event is a fund raiser to provide revenue for the Oronoco community.  It is a non-profit event that is virtually all volunteers. Some of the areas that these revenues support do include one of Olmsted County's best National night out events.  The National Night out is held at the Oronoco City Park and is one of the most popular get togethers in Oronoco.

About Oronoco Downtown Gold Rush Days

On the third weekend of August the city of Oronoco becomes a haven for antique enthusiasts. Vendors arrive early and set up tents or even a spot in the grass, displaying their items for sale. The shoppers come on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Shoppers come to Oronoco from all different directions. For those who drive a long distance some hotels offer discounts just for this event. The City of Oronoco also has a campground. These options are for individuals or families who want to stay close and to shop all weekend.

The Fire Department offers breakfast, lunch or dinner including pizza, burgers or beer.  The Oronoco VFW also has indoor breakfast early enough for the vendors to get to before their day begins.  There are other items on the VFW menu through out the day.  As you walk down Minnesota Avenue there are appoximately 15 or more other food vendors. We try to have  what you need to keep on trucking during your visit.

We work though out the year to attract new vendors and to provide for the needs of our returning vendors so they will come again.  For our shoppers, we hope to show you ideas to repurpose antiques so when you go home and you can make an old item new again.

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Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush needs your help! Volunteer today!

It's very exciting that in four weeks from today, we will be making final preparations for this year's event. The Information Booth will be in position and the Gold Rush Committee checking their clipboards, batteries in their walkie talkies, and running down the last minute tasks.

On Thursday morning, August 18, our volunteers will be out putting vendor names on flags at their assigned spots. The community members, especially those of us who live downtown, will be eagerly waiting for vendors to start pulling into place at 1 pm - it's such an interesting whirlwind that afternoon! And then Friday, all the fun starts up.

We can use your help. We need 10 people to place flags on Thursday. And then we need people who can help run the Information Booth and the Ice Cart throughout the event.

Please help out - the volunteer sheet can be found on our Get Involved page. Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush is a volunteer-run event and especially needs more volunteers during the event! Want to help? We'd love to work along side you!




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If you have the opportunity to pause at the Community Center during Gold Rush, you might find Shean working on a new mural! I know he's going to be around town and would be happy to talk. His work can also be seen in other areas of the community center, on the shopping bags and t-shirts available at the Information Booth, and on magnets and postcards he will be selling...I'm not sure where and will update this post when I find out, OK?

Shean was kind enough to visit with Carol Olson about how the cartoon characters came to be - enjoy this short interview to hear more about Bill, Jack and Clare.

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