- Medallion Hunt
- Kids Activities
- The Minnesota Vikings Gjallarhorn
- Opening Ceremony
- Around the Grounds
- PARADE: The Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade
- Kite Making & Flying
Light of the Moon Band
In the Beer, Wine and Cider Pavilion
Festival favorites, Light of the Moon Band, bring their own brand of unstoppable toe-tapping hyperfolk.
The VEGGIE BUDS KIDS TENT
All-day games, activities, interesting stuff and more for kids of all ages, presented by Veggie Buds in “The Little Tent”.
10:00 a.m.– Veggie Stamp Tote Bags- Decorate your very own Farmers Market tote bag with veggie stamps!
11:00 a.m.– Garlic Necklaces
11:30 a.m.– The Narren- dance and sing with a bunch of German village characters
12:15 p.m.– Be in the Promenade workshop. Make garlic wands, crowns, and necklaces for the “Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade”
1:20 p.m.– Line up for the Promenade at the Twin Silos
1:37 p.m.– “The Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade”
2:30 p.m.– Veggie Stamp Tote Bags- Decorate your very own Farmers Market tote bag with veggie stamps!
3:30 p.m.– Games! “Garlic Toss”, “Sink or Float”, and more! Win fabulous prizes!
The MN Vikings Gjallarhorn
As part of the Vikings “Sound the North” tour, the Gjallarhorn, and 11-foot Norse horn, will be right up front next to Gertie the Garlic Bulb. Great photo op and a chance to win Vikings prizes!
“Throwing Out the 1st Bulb”
9:50 a.m., in front of Gertie the Garlic Bulb.
Emceed by Festival Director, Jerry Ford, since the mid-50’s, Garlic Festival kicks off the day with a a bulb toss (like baseball’s “throwing
out the 1st pitch”), a blessing of the garlic crop, and a tasting of the garlic ice cream. This year, it will be in front of the big fake garlic bulb with the lipstick.
The Opening Ceremony is Sponsored by The Stinky News because no one else would put their name on it.
AROUND THE GROUNDS
The Narren of New Ulm is an entire village of elaborately masked characters – funny, quirky and just a bit scary – each with their own personality and story. An old German festival tradition (“narren” means fool), think of them as the relatives everyone has but no one wants to own.
Scottish bagpipes and drums at their finest:
1:37 p.m. leading the Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade
5:00 p.m. “Piping in the Pig” for the PIG ROAST
6:00 p.m. Closing Pipes
Falconer Marc Rude and Mr. Harley
A Master Falconer who has been involved with raptors and falconry since 1966, Marc has worked with the U of M Raptor Center and other animal rehabilitation facilities. Mr. Harley is a 2-year old Harris Hawk.
The Preludes Before a Blizzard
A musical collective with a plethora of diverse backgrounds of Twin City natives, The Preludes aim to bring life to many events through a variety of folk musics, pulling material primarily from American Dixieland, Jazz, Pop, and Blues, Latin American salsas and Bossa Novas, and Jewish Klezmer. The group philosophy is based on the fact when referring to music, “it’s called playing for a reason!”
THE PECULIAR PRAGMATIC PROMENADE
At Precisely 1:37 P.M. YOU can be a part of the parade! Bring your costume, your act – can you juggle? Hula Hoop? Dance? Unicycle? – or just your peppy promenading self and join in! Meet at the twin silos at 1:20 p.m.
And you can win fabulous prizes in these categories:
The 2017 Promenade Grand Marshall is Dale “The Wizard” Woodbeck, General Manager of Lakewinds Food Co-op. Lakewinds has been a long-time sponsor of the Garlic Festival.
The Promenade proceeds at precisely 1:37 p.m. to perambulate the public party already in progress at the Festival. Who will be promenading, besides YOU? The Brass Messengers, Minneapolis Police Pipe Band, The Narren, and many more!
KITE MAKING & FLYING
Agribition Building 2:00 – 4:00
Suggested donation: $5