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New Year's Eve Open House

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Host:

Cokato Historical Society

When:

First Saturday in January following New Year's Day

Where:

Centennial Room

About:

Treats and snacks are provided while event visitors can participate in "tin melting," a Finnish tradition where you melt a piece of tin and predictions are made for you based on the shape and characteristics of the cooled tin.

Pork Chop Drive-Thru

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Host:

Cokato-Dassel Lions

When:

Last Friday in April

Where:

Cokato Elementary

About:

The Cokato-Dassel Lions offer their famous pork chops for pick up.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz

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Host:

Allina Health, D-C Bounce Back Project, A to Z Mental Health Scholarship Foundation

When:

Third Saturday in May

Where:

Dassel-Cokato High School

About:

Free bikes are given away to kids and adults locally on a first-come first-serve basis. Helmets are also provided. Bikes can also be donated in early October at a collection event at the Cokato Allina Clinic.

Memorial Day Open House

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Host:

Cokato Museum

When:

Memorial Day

Where:

Cokato Museum

About:

The museum hosts a special open house this day 9a-12p.

Corn Carnival & Parade

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Host:

Corn Carnival Committee

When:

Second full week of August

Where:

Peterson Park

About:

A "great Cokato get-together," this much anticipated summer event draws crowds from near and far. Midway rides, food, a special coronation for Cokato Royalty, drawings, entertainment, corn bingo, other games, and more make this 3-day affair a memorable time for all. The Monday evening parade kicks off the carnival and is certainly a site to see as well. See the Corn Carnival website at www.cokatocorncarnival.com for more info and updates.

CFAHS Fall Festival

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Host:

Cokato Finnish American Historical Society

When:

Early October

Where:

Temperance Corner

About:

A bake sale and open house is followed by a special program.

Small Business Saturday

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Host:

D-C Enterprise Dispatch

When:

Saturday after Thanksgiving

Where:

Participating Businesses in Cokato

About:

This day is designated for supporting small businesses. For a list of businesses to shop or support otherwise, check out CwC's Shopping or Food & Drink pages or the Business Directory.

Dassel-Cokato Business Expo

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Host:

Cokato Area Chamber of Commerce & Cokato-Dassel Lions

When:

A Saturday in late winter

Where:

Dassel-Cokato High School

About:

Members of the area communities come to learn more about the businesses and organizations that make Dassel-Cokato a great place to live! The Expo also sports a FREE pancake breakfast served by the Cokato-Dassel Lions.

City-Wide Garage Sale

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Host:

Cokato Area Chamber of Commerce

When:

Last Saturday in April

Where:

Cokato

About:

A designated weekend when, typically, many residents offer garage sales in the Cokato area.

A to Z Mental Health 5K Run/Walk

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Host:

A to Z Mental Health Scholarship Foundation

When:

Third Saturday in May

Where:

Dassel-Cokato High School

About:

A 5K run/walk starts at the DC High School and follows the DC bike path. The event is intended to raise mental health awareness, and proceeds go toward a scholarship awarded to someone attending school for a degree in a mental health field. 

Memorial Day Program

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Host:

Cokato American Legion Post 209

When:

Memorial Day

Where:

Cokato Elementary

About:

A short parade near Peterson Park is followed by a program at the elementary school.

Movie in the Park

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Host:

Cokato Area Chamber of Commerce

When:

September

Where:

Peterson Park

About:

A free movie, sponsored by local Cokato businesses, is offered at dusk in Peterson Park. Bring your own seating. There is typically food and fun activities for the kids before the movie.

Chamber Trick or Treat

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Host:

Cokato Area Chamber of Commerce

When:

On or near Halloween

Where:

Participating Cokato Area Businesses

About:

A special Halloween event, trick-or-treaters can visit participating Chamber businesses to collect treats in downtown Cokato and other nearby businesses.

Turkey Trot

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Host:

DC/L Youth Wrestling

When:

Thanksgiving Day

Where:

Dassel-Cokato High School

About:

This "trot" is 4 miles and starts early Thanksgiving morning at the Dassel-Cokato High School. There is also a door prize drawing for participants following the run/walk.

Cokato Historical Society Annual Meeting

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Host:

Cokato Historical Society

When:

Third Tuesday in April

Where:

Centennial Room

About:

A special presentation is offered for the public to attend.

City-Wide Cleanup

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Host:

City of Cokato

When:

First Saturday in May

Where:

Cokato

About:

City of Cokato residents (must show ID) may bring in items such as construction materials, electronics, scrap metal, appliances, mattresses, furniture, etc. A current list of items and fees are posted on the City of Cokato website prior to the event.

CFAHS Spring Festival

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Host:

Cokato Finnish American Historical Society

When:

Saturday before Memorial Day

Where:

Temperance Corner

About:

A bake sale, open house, and special program are all offered at the this nationally recognized historic location.

CFAHS Juhannus (Midsummer)

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Host:

Cokato Finnish American Historical Society

When:

Third Saturday in June

Where:

Temperance Corner

About:

A video or program is presented in the hall along with a potluck dinner. A bonfire is also held following the dinner.

Dassel-Cokato Homecoming & Pork Chop Feed

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Host:

Dassel-Cokato High School

When:

Football season (September-October)

Where:

Dassel-Cokato High School

About:

Every year in the fall DC school alumni are encouraged to attend  the homecoming game at the DC Varsity Football Stadium to reunite with classmates and others. All community members are welcome to come cheer on the home team. There is typically a pork chop preceding the game near the stadium as well.

Dassel-Cokato Craft Fair

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Host:

Early Childhood Advisory Council

When:

First Saturday in November

Where:

D-C Middle and High Schools

About:

The Dassel-Cokato Craft Fair has been a tradition in our area for almost 50 years and, in recent years, typically hosts over 100 vendors! Our Craft Fair is sponsored by the volunteers of the Dassel-Cokato Early Childhood Advisory Council. All booth fee and lunch room food sale proceeds go directly to Dassel-Cokato Early Childhood programming, community literacy, preschool scholarships, and more.

CFAHS Pikkujoulu

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Host:

Cokato Finnish American Historical Society

When:

First Saturday in December

Where:

Temperance Corner

About:

There is a candle lighting at the Finnish cemetary followed by a potluck at Cokato Township Hall.

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