Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Photographing the midway at Dam Days in Morristown June 1, 2013

SET ALONG THE CANNON RIVER in Rice County, Morristown, population around 1,000, bills itself as “The Best Little Town by a Dam Site!”

And this weekend, this southeastern Minnesota community celebrates its annual Dam Days, which continue through tomorrow. It’s one of the first summer celebrations in the area, an event that typically draws large crowds, especially for the Friday evening parade.

The compact Midway in downtown Morristown.

The compact midway in downtown Morristown.

I’ve never attended the parade, but Saturday afternoon my husband and I toured the historic grist mill and schoolhouse and also took in the carnival and kids’ tractor pull.

Dakota waves to his dad who is photographing his little boy's ride on the merry-go-round.

Dakota waves to his dad who is photographing his little boy’s ride on the merry-go-round.

As always, I found an abundance of photo ops. Today I’ll show you the midway. Oh, my gosh, a carnival is a photographer’s playground with colorful characters, happy kids, young love, and just so much to take in.

Enjoy.

In front of the local Legion, the choppers.

In front of the local Legion, the choppers.

The coveted prizes hang high.

The coveted prizes hang high.

Young love. No other words needed.

Young love. No other words needed.

A riot of color.

A riot of color.

The Old Town Tavern advertises its Dam Days specials. Great place to eat.

The Old Town Tavern advertises its Dam Days specials. Great place to eat.

Trying to win a prize.

Trying to win a prize.

One of the healthier food choices.

One of the healthier food choices.

Walking (or falling) in the water balls.

Walking (or falling) in the water balls.

A slow afternoon on the Midway...

A slow afternoon on the midway…at the Dizzy Dragons ride, originating in Faribault.

Shooting to win.

Shooting to win.

One final look at the Midway.

One final look at the carnival.

If you want to experience a small town celebration, head over to Morristown, located about 10 miles west of Faribault on Minnesota State Highway 60, tomorrow. Click here to read the entire list of events happening on Sunday.

Among Sunday events is the 2nd annual Amateur Backyard BBQ Contest, beginning at 1 p.m. in the park by the river. You can sample five BBQed items for $5.

Among Sunday events is the 2nd annual Amateur Backyard BBQ Contest, beginning at 1 p.m. in the park by the river. You can sample five BBQed items for $5.

CHECK BACK FOR MORE POSTS from the Morristown Mill, the old schoolhouse and the kids’ tractor pull.

© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

 

12 Responses to “Photographing the midway at Dam Days in Morristown”

  1. I am not a fan of carnivals, but I must say, those water balls look fabulous!!!!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I am not a fan of participating in carnivals. Now photographing them is another thing. Also, I could not go in one of those water balls. Just could not do it.

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    Oh I want to go to the do the waterball things!!! That looks AMAZING!!! I always see very colorful people at carnivals…..one year on Easter Sunday when we were visiting my brother in Yuma, AZ he took us to a carnival/fair and that was quite memorable! 🙂 There were some very unique people there! Great photo shoot, Audrey!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thanks, Beth Ann. Wait until you see my other shots from Morristown Dam Days. I promise additional interesting photos.

  3. Loving your captures – makes my inner child come out – want some cotton candy now:) Happy Sunday!

  4. Jackie Says:

    Yep It’s officially summer when you start to see the small town celebrations. Looked like the perfect day to be out taking photo’s!. The Caramel Apples shot is my favorite, my mouth is drooling just looking at them 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      The best part of the day were the few hours we were in Morristown. Clouds were building in the west as we left town. Within a half hour, the skies opened and the rain poured.

  5. Allan Says:

    Thanks for the Summerish looking Fair Season in Minnesota. The Kids looked like they were having the best time in their young lives. All new experiences for them, and their young parents. I always tell the young people with children, ” enjoy them now, and spend as much time as you can with them, as the days are long, and the years are short”!!!! By the way, the couple walking holding hands is not just for the young. I hold my wife’s hands most of the time, if I would let go, she would kill me!!!!! 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      That’s great advice to young parents. I loved watching the kids, wide smiles spread across their happy faces. And good for you to hold your wife’s hand. Randy and I do that, too, on occasion. He has never threatened to kill me, though. 🙂

  6. hotlyspiced Says:

    Yes, a carnival is certainly a great opportunity for some colourful images. I love the look of the apples covered in caramel? They look very pretty and yes, it’s difficult to find healthy food at a carnival xx

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen caramel apples at a carnival. I didn’t have anything to eat as I wasn’t hungry in the middle of the day.


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