This Unique Festival Celebrates A Fascinating Piece Of Minnesota History

Small-town festivals abound in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. They celebrate every aspect of Minnesota life, like catching ugly fish in the Eelpout Festival, or eating locally grown produce in the Hopkins Raspberry Festival. And then there are some festivals that are just a bit more unusual. Moose Lake celebrates the state gemstone with Agate Days, and Wabasha’s Grumpy Old Men Days celebrates the movie that put the town on the map. There’s another festival that fits into this unusual category. It celebrates a fascinating piece of Minnesota history, and it’s just plain fun. Read on to learn everything you need to know about Defeat of Jesse James Days:

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In 2019, Defeat of Jesse James Days will be on September 4-8. For more information about the festivities, check out the Defeat of Jesse James Days website. And for more unique festivals in Minnesota, check out our list of the 12 weirdest and wackiest festivals in Minnesota.