For most days of the year, Waconia enjoys a somewhat “small town” status but this Saturday is definitely not one of those days. The 51st annual Nickle Dickle Day will be held downtown, at City Square Park, and in other areas on Saturday, Sept. 15
As always, Nickle Dickle Day promises plenty of family-friendly fun, whether one is looking to find a great deal, eat a good meal, view a classic car, go on a run or shoot some hoops, brave a mechanical bull, or just flat out have a great time.
“This is the biggest day of the year for many of our downtown businesses,” said Kellie Sites, president of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event.
“It’s also a major fundraising day for many of our non-profit organizations, including the Waconia Chamber. I can also say that people move to Waconia after coming to Nickle Dickle Day and that impact is felt by every industry in this town, from realtors to insurance agents to furniture shops to dentists … everyone!” Site said.
As always, there will be great shopping and sales going on all day (some even start on Friday). The classic car and truck show, featuring hundreds of vehicles, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the craft show will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Waconia Patriot-sponsored pie-eating contest, which benefits Waconia schools, starts at the gazebo at 12:30 p.m. A book sale will occur at the library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the 3-on-3 basketball tournament at St. Joe’s will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to catch the fun and games in the park, the Rotary Duck Races, the sidewalk sales downtown and everything else.
Something new this year is related to the 5K and 10K races and 5K walk, which start at 8 a.m., and the Tickle Run, which starts at 10 a.m.
“All of the fun runs and 5K walk will start and end at Bayview Elementary School,” Sites said. “It’s easy to park and just walk to the Nickle Dickle Day festivities after the races!”
In terms of entertainment in the gazebo at City Square Park, polka music will be played from 8 to 10 a.m. Chopper will entertain from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the pie eating contest occurring at 12:30 p.m. and the Medallion Hunt contest presentation occurring at approximately 1 p.m. Traveled Ground & Friends will perform from 2 to 5 p.m.
Radio Disney will entertain at the Bayview Elementary track from 8 to 10 a.m. and a DJ will cater to the crowd on the 1st Street Stage from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“We estimate that 20,000 people will attend Nickle Dickle Day,” Sites said. “People come from every corner of Minnesota and neighboring states as well to shop, to participate in the car show, to run and to participate in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Our crafters also come from far and wide to participate in the craft fair. Many people come ‘home’ for the weekend to catch up with friends and family.
“It’s truly an event with that ‘small town’ feel that people love, so we get a lot of visitors from the Cities,” she added.
Sites promised a great time for everyone at Nickle Dickle Day.
“One of the reasons our family moved back to Waconia was because of Nickle Dickle Day … it’s just that fun,” she said. “It’s a one day event that you don’t want to miss and I encourage everyone to take in all that Nickle Dickle Day has to offer.”
The 19th annual Nickle Dickle Medallion hunt came to a close at about 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 after Wanda Leinen of Waconia found the medallion hidden in a flowerpot located outside of the Curly Willow in downtown Waconia.
“I had to get to work but I thought I’d take one last look,” Leinen said. “(After I found it), I jumped up and down like a crazy person … it was exciting.”
Leinen, who found the medallion after the release of the fourth clue, which she read in that week’s Waconia Patriot as the paper was available on the newsstand that Wednesday afternoon. Leinen, who has never found the medallion before, said it was the third time she had searched for the medallion this year. Leinen said she and her sister have hunted for the medallion in each of the past three or four hunts.
As the winner, Leinen wins $200 in Waconia Bucks sponsored by Medallion Cabinetry, as well as a championship plaque.