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gopher The 141st annual Gopher Count will be held June 17th & 18th, 2015

Since 1874 people have traveled to Viola Minnesota on the third Thursday of June to celebrate the Viola Gopher Count. This event originated with local farmers choosing teams to see which team could collect the most gopher tails. The annual counting of the tails culminated with the losing team providing a picnic for the winning team. Through the years, the day's events have changed, but the common thread of a community coming together for friendship and fun has continued for 141 years! This annual event is the second oldest continual running celebration in the nation.

Events begin on Wednesday evening with Family night. The evening starts with the 5K Run & Family Walk, and continues with a local Talent Show. Remember the crowning of the King and Queen, that will take place during the Talent Show at 7:00. The evening’s activities conclude with a spectacular fireworks display. On Thursday, the Grand Parade begins at 10:00 A.M. rain or shine. Following the parade there are many events to keep you entertained throughout the day. They include a soap box derby, doll buggy parade, pie eating contests, ladies nail driving contest, tug of war, races, and a beanbag contest. Starting at 6:00, the evening is topped off with a $5 burger basket special, 2 bands, a craft beer tasting and Bingo in the town hall. The big street dance (rain or shine) with Diesel Drive under the big tent!!

*The 5K Run/ 1 Mile Family Walk Starts at 5:00 PM on Wednesday June 17th,  Click here to download the registration form. This has become a popular event for competitive runners and casual walkers. Come enjoy the beauty of the Viola countryside!

Viola Gopher Count Events

Click on any of the events below to get more information

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

5:00-10:00
5:30-9:00 pm
5:00-9:00 pm
5:00 pm
7:00 pm
6:30-9:00 pm
DUSK/DARK

» Food StandOpens
» Inflatables games
» Souvenir Stand
» 5K Run/Walk
» Royalty Crowning
» Talent Show
» Fireworks
(rain day Thursday)