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Steamboat Days kicks off in Winona

Rides Set Up at Steamboat Days

Through Tuesday into Wednesday, many more rides were set up in preparation for Steamboat Days. Just 24 hours before this photo, the parking lot behind Winona 7 looked nothing like this. 

The 74th annual Steamboat Days kicked off Wednesday in Winona after a break last year due to COVID-19.

The community will have the chance to enjoy a variety of events over the the next few days and weekend.

Thursday’s lineup includes a kid’s fishing contest and the opening of the carnival, along with two live music shows including Matt Browne and The Redemption Road.

The carnival will continue to be a staple during the festivities throughout the entire weekend.

Kiddie Rides at Steamboat Days

Like the rides in the Winona 7 parking lot, the children's rides in the lot on the corner of Second and Center streets sprouted up as if from nowhere. 

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To kick off the weekend on Friday, there will be community opportunities to gather together such as a kiddie parade in the morning, a softball tournament and live music.

The festivities will move into Saturday with more tournaments including softball, volleyball, and cornhole; a race; and a breakfast, along with more live music.

The annual grand parade and fireworks will be held Sunday, entertaining crowds along with more softball.

The parade will feature the four-foot tall Police Officer “Hugh the True Blue” robotic puppet, Miss Minnesota 2020 Kathryn Kueppers and Miss Minnesota Outstanding Teen Bella Grill.

Additionally, this year’s parade grand marshal former mayor Mark Peterson, along with this year’s sports grand marshal Winona State University coach Tom Sawyer, will be featured in the parade.

As for the military grand marshals, Mel Bailey, representing the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Dick Will, representing the American Legion, have been selected.

For more information about Steamboat Days, including a full list of events and their times, visit


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