We want to Remind all of the Oronoco residents about the National Night Out event, that the donations from the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days helps to sponsor. This is happening Tuesday August 7th, at the Oronoco City Park We hope you will come and bring your children.
Along with Fire Trucks, the Sheriff and his canine companion, there are bouncy houses and gift bags for the children.
There are hot dogs or burgers with chips and sodas for everyone who wants one. And you get a chance to meet the volunteers of the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days who will be cooking and working to give you a night to remember.
And if you stay long enough there are door prizes for the adults as well. Of course with the noise of the crowds you will have to listen carefully as the Oronoco Mayor calls out the names of the winners.
Before you leave please make sure you have wandered over to the table where they are looking for volunteers to sign up to help with this years Gold Rush Event.
It has come to our attention that there might be a misunderstanding about where the proceeds from the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days goes. Besides the best Fireworks Show that has happened in Oronoco there are many organizations that receive part of the earnings from the Gold Rush Event. And if you come on Tuesday night you will get to see another example of how our NON-Profit organization,(Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days) does truly return the monies to the community. And you too can become a part of this endeavor by volunteering and attending the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days beginning on Friday August 17th and ending on Sunday August 19th.
As we move into the 2018 Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Event, we have been making some changes to the Website.
You might see less of our favorite characters Bill, the miner, Clare the brains behind the hunt, and Jack the burro who carries the treasures. We would be amiss is we didn't acknowledge our gratitude to the artist who has given so much of his time to creating these for us.
Shean Fritts is not only has been the artist who created these characters but he has also served as a volunteer on the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Committee. Sean has put even more hours into helping to get the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Event Days into fruition.
Many do not know all the work it takes to put this event on. All the Committee members attend the once a month meeting for a year to discuss all the work that needs to be done. As different needs come up the individual members each help carry the load to get the tasks done. As August draws near the pace picks up and more needs arise. The committee members will be seen at the National Night Out either cooking burgers and hot dogs or helping the city staff to serve the food to our attendees. There is also a committee member or two manning a table looking for more volunteers who might want to help at the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Event.
Well Shean is not serving on the 2018 Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Committee and he will be missed. But we can't let him leave without saying thank you. When you come to the 2018 Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Event, stop by the information booth and you will still find Shean's work. A favorite of many who come is to poke their heads into the holes above Bill or Claire so they can take a photo to remember each years visit to Oronoco.
Oronoco Gold Rush Volunteers were recruiting for Gold Rush volunteers 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.