A LITTLE LIST OF WHAT WE THINK IS AWESOME IN THE DRIFTLESS REGION THIS FALL... LIDTKE MILL HARVEST FEST 2021
DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER ROLLER DISCO
The Rochester Downtown Alliance’s newest event, Roller Disco, will temporarily turn Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester into an outdoor roller-skating rink on October 9. Family skating will be from 10 am to 2 pm, and Roller Disco from 2 to 10 pm. The “pop-up rink” will feature high-energy music, skate rentals, party lighting, and a disco ball. The temporary outdoor rink, which has been featured at large scale national events like Coachella music festival, will be installed for the one day only. “Roller skating has made a comeback recently and we hope Rochester really embraces this new program. We envision an exuberant, welcoming event that appeals to all ages,” says Kanika Couchene, RDA director of events & strategic partnerships. For more information, visit DowntownRochesterMN.com/RollerDisco
The Lidtke Mill near Lime Springs, Iowa, has been standing for more than 160 years, first offering its grist services and later producing hydroelectric power. Despite being on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mill has continued to face a declining state of disrepair. In June of 2020, high winds caused a large, 100-year-old cottonwood tree to land on top of the mill structure, causing significant damage to the historical buildings. Work is in progress to bring the buildings back to their original shape, but additional funding is needed. In order to raise funds for the repairs and future projects, the Lidtke Mill will be having their annual Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 9 (2021) from 4-8 pm at the Community Center in Lime Springs. The soup supper will be available by free will donation, with wagon rides to the Lidtke Mill for a ghost tour and bonfire ($5/ adult, $3/child). Donations can also be sent to Lidtke Mill Restoration Project, CUSB, 132 W Main St., Lime Springs, IA 52155. The mill and adjoining park are a fantastic day trip in rural Northeast Iowa. The mill still uses the same rod and tube system for electricity that it did in 1915, and when tours are allowed, visitors can see the grain elevators, belt system, silk bolter, and fanning mill, left untouched from almost 60 years ago when Herman Lidtke closed the mill. More information can be found by calling 319-883-1983.
Preston Get Hooked.
• Explore Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park • Ride 60+ miles of paved trail • Shop our pop-up markets & unique shops • Grab a homegrown beer, apple or fall treat!
Fall in love with Preston!
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