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How do we thank all the vendors and shoppers?

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.

Elliot was scouting out the toy selection on Friday.

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.

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Can you notice any changes since you last visited this web site?  In an effort to make your inquiries regarding the 2018 Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days easier, we are working to make improvements to the web page.

You will find photos of the volunteers from previous shows under the heading of past events photos.  The places you might choose to stay over night are listed under Shopper Information.  As we get closer to the show postings will be added to let you know the vendors who have confirmed that they will be here, and the maps will be updated so you can located your favorites.

Of course we are always looking for more volunteers so if you want to get involved you can go under contact us and find links and forms to fill out. Even though the majority of the set up for the show occurs in August if you contact us we could find something that you might enjoy helping with.

 

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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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