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 the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor.
Annual Community Events
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!
The best windsurfing and music in the Midwest! We've reserved a spot for you on the beautiful shores of Lake Okabena, along Sailboard Beach. Each year, the Regatta strives to promote the windsurfing industry, racing and recreational sailing for national and international participants. The festival is free to the public. You'll have a front row seat to the windsurfing races, experience tasty eats, and of course stay for the music.
Don’t miss Worthington’s King Turkey Day celebration in September. 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.
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!
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.