Community Picnic, polo event both coming to Watertown on Saturday

There will be two big events hosted in Watertown this Saturday — one a popular annual event that returns for its sixth year, and the other coming to the city for the first time.

The annual Freedom Farm Polo Event will be held at Blackberg Ranch in Watertown on Saturday, Sept. 9, with gates opening at 11 a.m. The Carver County Community Picnic, in its third year, will also be coming to Watertown for the first time, with activities getting under way at 11 a.m.

The Carver County Historical Society and the Arts Consortium of Carver County are sponsoring the Carver County Community Picnic, an event that showcases a different Carver County city each year. The highlight of the event will be a community picnic held at Rick Johnson Park. This year’s event, which is being hosted locally by the Watertown Area Historical Society and the Watertown Area Fine Arts Council, will also feature an art crawl through downtown Watertown, with an estimated 15 to 20 artists being featured both in downtown area parks and in businesses along Lewis Avenue.

The picnic and art crawl will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The picnic portion will be held at the Rick Johnson Park pavilion. Picnic-goers are invited to bring their own picnic lunch, or purchase food from a number of vendors.

In conjunction with the picnic, the Fine Arts Council will be hosting the art crawl, where local businesses will be sponsoring artists and allowing them to showcase their work inside the business. Signs will indicate which businesses are featuring artists inside.

Just outside of town, the Polo Event will be going on simultaneously. Gates for the event, located at 1980 Sally Avenue, open at 11 a.m., with the feature polo match scheduled to get under way at 1:30 p.m.

Money raised at the event, Freedom Farm’s largest fundraiser of the year, will support the Waverly-based non-profit therapeutic riding center dedicated to teaching riding skills to people with cognitive and physical disabilities, while giving them a sense of freedom and independence.

The polo event includes much more than just polo. Activities such as carriage rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and a kids craft tent are designed to provide plenty of family-friendly activities. There will also be a kid’s polo match at 1 p.m. preceding the feature event. Halftime of the featured match will once again include a live auction, hat contest and divot stomp. An awards ceremony and social hour will follow the match.

Tickets for the event are available at the gate for $10. Children 10 and under will be admitted for free.


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