National Night Out

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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