Category Archives: Events

Hootie Hoo Chamber fun Downtown Ortonville

Chasing winter away… Hootie Hoo!  Having some fun downtown Ortonville with KDIO’s Julie French and Chamber Director Gloria Larson.  Fun times!




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Harvest Madness

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SANTA DAY in Ortonville

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Harvest Madness Store Front Window Contest

Harvest Madness 2018


DRC Window Decorating Contest

Harvest Madness 2018


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The Smallest Art Gallery


118 2nd Street NW
Ortonville, MN 56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 598-3513

Santa Day

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Big Stone Arts Council (BSAC)

Po Box 42
Ortonville, MN 56278


Like Big Stone Arts Council on Facebook!

2nd Annual big Stone Lake Regional Art Crawl schedule



Harvest Madness/Treat Street


Welcome New Members


Welcome Lingberry’s  Pastry and Coffee Shop to downtown Ortonville, and the Big Stone Lake Area. (Sept 2016)

You are Invited:
GRAND OPENING set for Friday, September 23
Join in on their Ribbon Cutting at 5:10pm on Sept. 23

(located at 778 US Hwy 75, Ortonville – previously housed the Matador Supper Club)




WELCOME LuLaRoe Consultant, Jennifer Nordly, as the newest Chamber member.

Lake Days June 2016

The weather was not looking good before the Lake Days activities started last night… but all cleared and we had an awesome evening!  Make sure to check the Lake Days Flyer for all of today’s activities!

Flyer PDF

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LakeDaysCampfireSing from Vicki Oakes on Vimeo.



78th Annual Cornfest

Here is where you will find all news and updates related to the 78th Annual Cornfest, which is August 19 – 21, 2016!  Watch for details to come….

2016 Cornfest Schedule

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Looking for event application click below.

5-K, 10-K Application

Arts & Craft Application

Food Vendor Application

Parade Application

Sponsorship Application

If you would like to donate towards Fireworks, click on the Sponsorship Application above, fill out the amount and write Fireworks on the form, then drop off or mail the form to the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber Office.





JUNE 17 – 18, 2016

Lake Days

   JOHNNY HOLMES!           and           TOO DRUNK TO FISH Band!

KICK STANDS Up… Join the Christian Motorcycle Club for a ride around BIG STONE LAKE.

For the KIDS… bon-fire, roasting marshmallows, ghost stories, campfire songs, and dance.

KAYAK/CANOE RACES – sponsored by the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

LIGHTED BOAT PARADE – Citizens for Big Stone Lake Judge 

Lake Vendors available.

HOOTERVILLE TIKI BAR  serving Burgers and Bats – sponsored by the BSLA Chamber.

FUN for EVERYONE!                             Watch for updated schedules…

Rural IS Our Opportunity!

Big Stone Area Growth’s Annual Meeting is Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at the Clinton Memorial Building. It’s a presentation about the potential declining population in Big Stone County from 2010 to 2025; BSC is one of only nine counties in Minnesota projected to lose population in that time frame.

Since we have so many groups in Big Stone County organizing great community-oriented events, coming together to make our area an attractive place to visit and to ultimately live is the purpose of this meeting.

This meeting is not only beneficial to know what other communities are doing but to help each other out in making our area a great place to live!

If you would like more information, please check out MNBump’s website: And if you would like to attend, please RSVP to Vicki Oakes at [email protected] or 320-839-6155!

31st Annual Pheasants Forever Banquet

It’s time for the 31st Annual Pheasants Forever Banquet in Ortonville!

The banquet is Saturday, March 19 at Sioux Historic Pavilion. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a free door prize raffle for Pheasants Forever members!

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Greg Peterson at 320-760-5080.

Sports & Leisure Show

Our 23rd Annual Sports & Leisure Show will be March 19 and 20 at the Ortonville School!

Sports & Leisure Show poster: click here!

Spring-related Scavenger Hunt details: click here!

Raffle tickets are now available for purchase at the Chamber office! Great prizes this year include:
•GE camo freezer from Larry’s Refrigeration & Heating and a 55-lb meat bundle from Pioneer Meat;
•Groceries for 6 months from Hartman’s Supervalu Foods;
•Gas for a year from S&D OneStop / Cenex; and
•A print signed by Minnesota Twins great Tony Oliva!

Follow the activity on Facebook, too! Click here to go to the event!

To request a vendor application, contact the Chamber by emailing [email protected] or by calling 320-839-3284.

Master Gardener Teri Knight of Garden Bite with Teri Knight will be at the Sports & Leisure Show at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19!

Teri Knight is the current news director and morning show talent at radio station KYMN in Northfield. She was the morning traffic reporter on television station WCCO from 1996 to 2006, as well as multiple radio stations throughout the Twin Cities from 1994 to 2006 and morning show personality on WLTE from 2006 to 2008.

She became a Master Gardener in 2003 and developed her “Garden Bite” radio show in 2007. The two-minute feature airs Monday through Friday on radio stations throughout Minnesota including KDIO Radio! Her show is about the “weekend weed warrior” or backyard gardener!

We look forward to having Teri in Ortonville for the Sports & Leisure Show!

Winterfest in Ortonville!

Winter is no time to stay inside, especially when excitement abounds outdoors for Winterfest in Ortonville February 6 through 12!

Click here for the Winterfest poster!

Find out more about the Medallion Hunt, which starts Monday, February 8! (Clues will be posted below each day, too!)

Get the details on a Bear Hunt in downtown Ortonville Thursday, February 11: Winterfest Bear Hunt

And treat yourself or you and your significant other to a pre-Valentine’s Day event! Winterfest ends with a Valentine Rendezvous!

(And remember: the Arctic Open in Clinton is February 13!)

Winterfest Medallion Hunt

Congratulations to Erica Stattelman and Billie Anderson for finding the Winterfest Medallion! It was hidden by the Big Stone County War Memorial on the courthouse lawn. The Chamber Bucks prize given out for the medallion was $125!

Medallion Hunt winner

Pictured: Erica Stattelman after she and Billie Anderson found the Winterfest Medallion



The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber Board of Directors is excited to announce an event featuring one of our area’s greatest attractions: BIG STONE LAKE!
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“This year’s cover photo of Big Stone Lake was taken by Ortonville native, Mary Fridgen Stuart.  After years of working in the corporate world, Mary her husband and
two cats moved to Belize.  While there, she started her photography business, Life Travels Photography, which focuses on images from her travels around the world.
Mary’s photos are available for purchase at”

Holiday Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the following winners of the Big Stone Lake Area holiday contests!

Business Decorating Contest Grand Prize: Hasslen Construction
“2nd Place”: Barr’s Conroy Electric
“3rd Place”: Grandma’s Thrifty Hideaway

Resident Decorating Contest 1st Place: Bill Hynnek on Minnesota St
2nd Place: Lane & Teresa Nelson on Minnesota St
3rd Place: Luke Backstrand on Highland Highway

Avenue of Trees Grand Prize: St. John’s Faith Formation Classes (prize donated to Watertown Right to Life)

See the gallery below for all the contest entries!

Thanks to all who participated!

Lighted Parade!

Main Street Ortonville will be lit up with a Lighted Parade at 5 p.m. December 5 for Santa Day!

The parade route will start at the corner by Investors Advisory Management Group and will proceed to the Community Center.

Included in the Lighted Parade will be the Avenue of Trees! Following the parade, the trees will be lit in the former Kaye lot (across from the Community Center), where people can vote for a favorite tree from December 5 to December 18. There will be a ballot box in the lot to submit your vote.

In the spirit of the season of giving, the DRC and Chamber Director will donate $100 to a charity of choice by the group/person who decorated the public-voted favorite tree!

If anyone wants to have an entry in the Lighted Parade, contact the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber at 320-839-3284 or at [email protected]! by December 3!

Santa Day!

Santa (and the Mrs.) Claus is comin’ to Ortonville!

The Claus’ will be in town December 5 for Santa Day! They will be at Lingonberry’s Pastry & Coffee Shop for pictures with the kiddos from 1 to 3 p.m.! They will also be riding in the Lighted Parade at 5 p.m.!

Other activities include holiday arts & crafts, cookie decorating, an adult ugly sweater contest, hay rides and holiday movies!

Stick around for the Lighted Parade and Avenue of Trees Lighting at 5 p.m.!

Click here for a Santa Day poster!

Click here for the Ugly Sweater Contest poster!

77th Annual Cornfest – Aug 14-16

Mark your calendar for our annual Cornfest Event – three days of fun for the whole family at Ortonville’s Lakeside Park!

Here a just a few pictures from 2014:


Here is a quick view of Cornfest activities (from previous years) and a bit about Ortonville