City of Dundas Announces Plans for June 25-26 Celebration

Celebrate Dundas

With a 153-year history and a vibrant and growing community, the City of Dundas has good reason to celebrate. In an effort to bring all past and present Dundas-area residents together for a city-wide festival, the Dundas Historical Society will host “Celebrate Dundas” on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26. The family-friendly event will celebrate Dundas’ history and offer engaging activities for people of all ages.

Michelle Millenacker, president of the Dundas Historical Society and chair of the Celebrate Dundas event, says, “This is the third year we’ve hosted the event for the community and we couldn’t be more excited about what we have lined up. At its core the event is designed to celebrate Dundas’ storied history, while at the same time showcase the people and activities of interest in our community today.”

Millenacker goes on to explain that some of the historical stories the group plans to highlight during the two-day event include the history of the Dundas Mill and the role of the Cannon River in the community’s beginnings, the long-standing role of baseball in Dundas and the success the team has seen on the field, and the K–8 schoolhouse which was in operation from 1856 to 1971. She says, “There’s a really great story behind our community’s beginning … the flour produced in the Dundas Mill, for example, received international recognition for its extraordinarily smooth texture and white color. The product was highly-desired and won international awards … And that’s really just the tip of the iceberg!”

To showcase some of the key elements in Dundas’ history, the Historical Society will sponsor a one-day museum complete with stories and artifacts as well as horse and buggy rides through the historic districts. Though a significant portion of the event will be centered on the town’s history, the celebration will also include family-friendly activities such as a kid’s carnival, Dundas Dukes baseball clinic, art fair, pancake breakfast, car show, dog show, pie-eating contest, live music, food vendors, a Dundas Dukes baseball game and more.

In addition to planning the event, the Celebrate Dundas committee is charged with securing funding from local businesses and individuals to support the event. The goal is to privately fund the entire celebration and have a bit leftover to jump-start next year’s fundraising. “Truthfully, it takes a lot to make this happen and we want to continue to see it grow,” says Millenacker. “Dundas is a small community, yes, but an incredibly generous one. We’re very, very thankful for the leadership gifts we’ve received now, and previously – College City Beverage, Frandsen Bank & Trust, ServiceMaster by Ayotte, Firehouse Liquor, Cannon Valley Water and Countryside Animal Hospital, just to name a few – but we’re always looking for more support.”

For more information about Celebrate Dundas or if you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities, call Michelle Millenacker at 612.703.6648 or visit www.cityofdundas.org.