Lanesboro in June – You’re invited for rhubarb and art in the park

0001Rhubarb Festival

For those who crave rhubarb this time of year, Lanesboro—the rhubarb capital—is the place to be on June 2. Lanesboro’s annual Rhubarb Festival is all about the tart, red plant that we in the Midwest seem to love.

    In Sylvan Park, you can sample everything from pies and bars to chutneys and locally grown unique creations. There will also be a contest for the largest rhubarb leaf and the heaviest stalk.

    If you’re not a fan of rhubarb’s practical uses, join Jess Abrahamson and Ted Schmidt from the KTTC Morning Show as they kick off the Rhubarb Games. These include the popular Rhubarb Stalk Throw, Rhubarb Hoops and Green Eggs and Rhubarb. The games are open to children and adults.

    You can get a little exercise before the festival at the Rhubarb Run, a 5K run and 1 mile walk/run.

    Looking for some couture ideas for your next ensemble? The rhubarb fashion show will give you plenty of ideas for the latest rhubarb spring and summer wear. There is a special category for those designing with live rhubarb leaves! Be sure to cast your vote for the best look of the season.

    Visit the Rhub-ART booth to make prints from giant rhubarb leaves, say hello to the animals at the Cock-a-Doodle Zoo, and be entertained by Rhubarb Sisters, Rhutabaga Brothers and Walter Bradley and Tomm Schramm.

    Bring your family and friends and celebrate the fantastic rhubarb plant. Visit

0007Art in the Park Festival

This annual art festival in Sylvan Park features more than 100 fine arts and craft booths. Local artisans offer paintings, jewelry, fiber arts, wood carving, pottery and more.

    Artists handmake everything they sell in their booth. A favorite booth is Pure Country Alpacas owned by Butch and Pat Hanson of Prior Lake. Not only do they spin alpaca hair into yarn and beautiful creations, they also bring their animals for the public to meet.

    In addition to art vendors, live musicians entertain throughout the day. They include Indie-folk duo Patchouli and the Café Accordion Orchestra, which performs an eclectic mix of French, Latin and Bohemian music. There will also be live theater and dance performances.

Stop by the many food vendors and sample homemade goodies while supporting local organizations. St. Patrick’s Church has been a food vendor for around 30 years. The Lanesboro High School volleyball team raises money selling hamburgers. Get your food early at the Arts Center’s pie booth and its curry booth, which tend to sell out early.

    Children are encouraged to visit the petting zoo and the “Make a Tie for Dad” booth. There is something for everyone at this festival.

    Art in the Park is Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit or contact

Janette Dragvold is a farmer, landscaper and freelance journalist in rural Lanesboro.