Wagon Train begins annual trip Saturday in Kasson
If you think you see a wagon train moving across Dodge County this weekend your eyes are not deceiving you.
For 34 years the Friendship Wagon Train has been traveling through southern Minnesota and this year it will begin its journey at the Dodge County Fairgrounds, raising funds for Minnesota Special Olympics.
The public is invited to come out to see the wagon train as it travels throughout southeastern Minnesota on its seven-day trip. During lunch stops and overnight camps visitors are invited to stop by and talk with the wagon trainers and see the horses and mules. At each stop, T-shirts and hats will be available at the Peddler Wagon. Donations, large or small are appreciated and 100 percent of the donations collected will be given directly to Minnesota Special Olympics.
Participants will gather at the Dodge County Fairgrounds on Friday, June 17. They will leave Kasson Saturday morning and head to Dodge Center for a lunch stop. After lunch they will continue on to Hayfield where they will camp for the night.
On Sunday they will travel to Waltham and then to Brownsdale for the night. Monday they head to a lunch in the country and then to Austin where they will set up camp at the Mower County Fairgrounds. Tuesday is a layover day at Austin before heading to Rose Creek and Adams on Wednesday.
During the layover day, the owners of Horse’n Around at Lyle will be giving rides on their pony carousel from 1 to 4 p.m. There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides.
Thursday the wagon train will be having lunch in the country and set up camp in LeRoy.
The final leg of the wagon train will be on Friday, when they will travel to a country lunch and then on to the Mueller Farm.
During the final ceremony at the Mueller far, the wagon train will present all the donations raised during the week to staff members from the Special Olympics.
For more information on the wagon train, contact Wagon Master John Davis at 507-365-8064.