We have Jeff Hovel to thank for the photos from the very first Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush 5K.
Jeff is a resident of Oronoco and asked permission to take photos to share with us. He did not charge a fee for doing this, but did the photography as an act of charity and service. For this we are grateful.
Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush is ready to share the proceeds!
Gold Rush 2018 was a success! The vendors, food vendors and crowds enjoyed this year’s Gold Rush!
The first 5K event was exciting to see a new venture happening and more importantly, runners and walkers with their yellow bibs walking around and taking in Gold Rush, as well!
The Gold Rush committee has start planning for the 2019 Gold Rush weekend, August 16, 17 & 18! If you have comments or interested in the Gold Rush committee meeting discussion, please visit our monthly meetings, the 2nd Monday of very month at 6PM at City Hall. All are welcome!
Now that this years Gold Rush is in the books, it time for organizations to submit their donation requests to the Gold Rush committee for consideration. Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days is a non-profit organization, so after the committee have paid it’s expenses, the committee will review requested donations.
The committee is asking that donation requests be received by Oct 5th, so they can be reviewed at the monthly Oct 8th Gold Rush committee meeting.
You can submit requests to the Gold Rush committee by mailing to ‘Gold Rush Committee, PO Box 266, Oronoco, MN 55960’, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropping them off at City Hall.
On Sunday morning August 19th Oronoco began a new tradition. Oronoco residents put together their first 5K and had it coincide with the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days. Many participants registered months in advance, and some registered on Thursday evening at the Oronoco Presbyterian Church. The last to decide came to Oronoco at 7 o'clock am to register to walk or run the 5K.
As the people arrived the energy of Oronoco rose with excitement. Many showed up with their children and others had a buddy or came alone. All came ready to have a good time.
As they began to form a crowd more and more of the Gold t-shirts dotted the street. And the weather could not have been more co-operative. The race was scheduled to begin at 8 am. and there was a pleasant breeze.
We call this a tradition even though this was the first year that Oronoco sponsored a 5K. And for such a small town the turnout was good. The path they would travel began on the North side of the bridge where the old dam used to be.
After crossing the bridge and making their way up Minnesota Ave the group moved into a residential neighborhood, and followed a paved path through the woods along the Zumbro River.
The path is lined with yellow flowers 5 foot tall. By the time the group gets to this part of the run there are wide gaps between the runners and walkers. There are runners who came to beat their own time, from a run done somewhere before Oronoco. For others who are bringing up the rear, they have no intention of hurrying this moment. They are relaxed and enjoying all of the beauty Oronoco presents.
So if you didn't make it to Oronoco's first 5K now would be the time to consider joining us the next time. And if you have never been to Oronoco it is time to Start.....
Make a trip to Oronco one of the items on your list of "must do's" so next time you will be here for the line up. Besides this 5K, and the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days, we have a Frisbee golf course, a river to contemplate, and the Oronoco City Park for camping. Many parks have playgrounds for the kids, and in the winter the Lions Club puts up the walls for the basketball court to become an ice skating rink.
Yes Oronoco, just North of Rochester is growing into a "big, little town" where we treasure our visitors, along with our fellow residents.
Lucy and her son Elliot were just two of the thousands of shoppers who came to the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days, this past weekend. Besides the treasures they found at this particular booth they proceeded to find many more as they ventured out through old downtown Oronoco.
Both Lucy and Elliot also made themselves available as volunteers. For two days they took a 2 hour shift delivering ice to the vendors. Elliott was insistent that they volunteer again next year. Lucy agreed.
As I began this post, I asked..... "How can we thank all the vendors and shoppers?" ( who came to participate in Oronoco's non-profit event the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days)
Let's begin with a thank you to all the volunteers who helped us as well. Beyond the golf carts, there was the volunteer fire department and first responders, who all worked their best to build funds for the best equipment to protect the Oronoco residents. They also prepared meals for the volunteers and shoppers.
In the VFW there were Veterans and their family members who prepared meals for the visitors and also had meals available for our volunteers.
Grace Lutheran Church returned this year with pies again, (we missed seeing their pies last year) and their new Pastor and his family were volunteering as well to help make this years event a success.
The Presbyterian Church is located up the hill from the old downtown, but they too had volunteers who set up a resting tent, providing shade and seats for nursing mothers or others needing a break. They also made their parking lot available for the vendors to park their car there, while they worked their booths. (hopefully leaving a donation in the church donation box.)
One more non-profit organization that set up a booth this year was the Lions Club from Oronoco. We know they use some of their funds to set up the winter skating rink in downtown Oronoco, and in the summer they host evening movies in the Oronoco City Park.
And for all the vendors, who drove many hours to be here, we send a big THANK YOU! We hope to see you next year and so do many of your customers. We walked around and got feed back from the vendors and will work to continue to make the event a win for them as much as it was for us.
To the Shoppers we are grateful for no rain, cool temperatures in the morning and that you came to the Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days . Speaking for the red shirt volunteers who worked for a year to get the show organized, we know the show would not be a success without the shoppers. Thank you for coming and for telling your friends to check us out as well.
And last but not least thank you for ALL the other volunteers who participated in making the 2018 Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days a wonderful family friendly place to be.
Join us for the 2nd annual Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days 5k! Last year's 5k was very well received and we are happy to bring it back in 2019! This year your registration includes a run through historic Downtown Oronoco and a t-shirt. We are so excited to once again offer this event during our weekend festivities and hope to see you there!
Race Day Registration and Packet Pick up: 7:00am
5K Start: 8am
Parking is available Downtown Oronoco for a small fee. Street parking a short walk from Downtown Oronoco is also available.