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Save the Date

September 12 & 13, 2015

50th Annual

Marigold Days

Join us as we celebrate 50 years of

flea marketing, food, fun and flowers!

All in historic Mantorville, Minnesota

It all began with the humble marigold, a hearty and colorful little flower native to the Americas.  Initially begun as a flower show to promote the planting of marigolds throughout the Mantorville community, with the sponsorship of Marigold Dairies, this event has grown to be on one the region's best known and most annual attended festivals.  Marigold Days offers something for everyone.  Antique & Flea market, Flower Show, Quilt Show, Car Show, Melodramas, Music, Dances, a 5K Run, lots of really good food, a Grande Parade, Fireworks and a Baseball Tournament.  Since 1965, 50 years of fun.



New Melodrama Production

Marigold Days in co-operation with

The Mantorville Theatre Company


Mary Goes for the Gold


Pick My Flowers, Please!

An original play written by Sandra Miller

Retelling, in true melodrama fashion, the origins of Mantorville's love of marigolds.

Contact www.mantorvillain.com for show schedule and ticket pricing. 


Car Show

Details for  this year's car show are pending.


Prizes awarded for the

Best of Show

Best Interior

Best Chop 



5K Run


Registration 7:30am

Start Time 8:30am

Register for the annual Stagecoach 5K Run at Mantor Field. Registrations are only taken on the day of the race. $15.00 entry fee per runner. Runners will receive a long sleeved tee shirt, snacks,water & juice after the run and lots of cheering from spectators along the way.  A new route has been mapped out for this year.  Race begins at Mantor field in  northwest Mantorville, ending at the corner of Fifth Street and Clay Street near the Post Office downtown. 




Pie & Ice Cream Social

Saturday & Sunday


Enjoy homemade pie, ice cream and coffee at the Senior Center.  Here is your chance to relax a bit after the hustle and bustle of the

Flea Market or the Parade.   At the same time, you are invited to check out the toy tractor exhibit that will be displayed in the Center.

The Senior Citizens' Center is located on the corner of 6th and Clay Street in the historic St. Margaret's Church building.  Circa 1862.

Pie --$2.50

Ice Cream -- $.50

Coffee or Water -- $.50

 Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Senior Center.


Kids' Fishing Contest


Registration 8:00AM

Fishing 8:30-10:30AM

This popular event takes place on Goat Island on the South side of Riverside Park. Bring your own pole and bait.  Contestants will be divided into age groups: 3-8, 9-12 and 13-16. 

Everyone gets a prize with trophies given to the first place winner in each age group.

For more information or to donate to this Marigold Days Kids' event,

call Billy Glawe 507-259-1754


Flower Show

Saturday 9:00am - 5:00 pm

Sunday  9:00am - 5:00pm

We want everyone to be thinking about what they might bring to the Flower Show that is held at the Greek Revival House just north of the Music Stage onClay Street. We have 13 Categories for Marigolds and then there are 30 other categories. We have categories for Children’s flower arrangements too. If you have a flower arrangement, we will find a class for it. We accept entries on Friday, Sept. 6th from 4PM to 9PM. They are judged on Saturday morning. Cash prizes are given in the 13 Marigold Categories and ribbons are given in all categories. There is also a Best of Show award chosen from all 43 Categories. Please come and help to make it a beautiful show.

For more information contact Muriel French at 507-635-5619 or Kathy Overson at 507-635-5575.


Saturday 12Noon-3:00PM

Sunday 10:30AM - 1:30PM

Play for two days under the big tent at the

Welcome Center!!

This game is open to persons 18 years of age and older.  Players younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sheets of three bingo faces can be purchased for $1.00. 

Cash Only.

Prizes for a variety of games provided by area merchants and individuals.

Quilt Show


9:00AM -5:00PM

Sunday 9:00AM -2:00PM


We love to display newly sewn, vintage and heritage quilts.  These textile treasures can be quilts sewn by you or quilts that you have acquired.  All quilts must be brought to the Opera House, Thursday, September  5th between 4 and 7 p.m. That gives us time to hang them for display.  You will be able to pick up your entried quilts on Sunday, Sept 8th at 3 p.m.  As in previous years, winners of viewers choice will be given a small monetary award and have their picture in the Dodge County Independent.

Antique Appraisals



Bonnie Lindberg, Jim Marrinan, Kevin Callahan of Appraisal Specialists Midwest will be on hand again this year to give a brief evaluation of an heirloom or treasure you may have.

 There is a fee of $5.00 per item to be appraised. 

Look for the appraisal tent on the lawn west of the Welcome Center across from the bank.



Commemorative button designed by Theresa Hoaglund.



Marigold Days is a fundraising event planned and conducted by the

Mantorville Restoration Association.

For additional information about MRA's activities and preservation projects please write to:

PO Box 311

Mantorville, MN 55955

2015 Marigold Days©