Worthington hosts several annual events that bring our community together. Activities for the young and old alike, the adventurous, and those just wanting to relax and be a spectator. Below is the list of our annual events which Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor.
2020 Community Events
January 17th & 19th
January’s Winterfest, one of Worthington’s newest events, is sure to add chilling excitement to the winter season. Participate in the Southwest Minnesota Fishing Club’s Ice Fishing Tournament. Be sure to catch The Deep Freeze Dip (local residents jump into ice cold Lake Okabena) all to raise money for a local charity. Sample an assortment of chili during the Chili Cook off competition. Other events include Puzzle tournament, Broom Ball, Pond Hockey and more are sure to please!
Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival
Sailboard Beach - Lake Okabena, June 12th - 14th
Enjoy live music, food, arts and of course windsurfing.
2020 Event Postponed - July 10th & 11th
Celebrate the many cultures in Worthington at the International Festival. This colorful festival is every July at the Nobles County Government Center lawn in downtown Worthington. A talent contest, music and food from around the world, children’s activities and much more make this an event you do not want to miss. Their website is
Nobles County Fair
2020 Event Postponed - August 5th - 9th
There is sure to be family fun for everyone at the Nobles County Fair held each August at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. A full carnival runs Thursday through Sunday and grandstand events Friday through Sunday. All 4-H and open class entries from livestock, to photography to flowers are on display throughout the fair. Visit Machinery Row on Stower Drive. And of course there is plenty of tasty fair food available. There is no admission charge to get on the grounds!
King Turkey Day
2020 Event Postponed - September 18th & 19th
Don’t miss Worthington’s King Turkey Day celebration. For more than 80 years, this event has attracted thousands of people to Worthington. Start your day at the free pancake breakfast. During the Great Gobbler Gallop live turkeys are raced down the street in a friendly rivalry with Cuero, Texas. A delegation from Cuero brings a turkey to challenge Worthington’s famous turkey, Paycheck. Right after the gallop, one of the area’s largest parades kicks off. Hundreds of people gather along Worthington’s Tenth Street to catch the action. A featured speaker, 10K race and carnival are all a part of King Turkey Day festivities.