Fifty-six years ago, a group of Waconia business people gathered to solve one problem—how to entice people to come to town in the fall. “They wanted an event whose name was unique and would create excitement,” says Carmen Gesinger, assistant to the president of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce.
One of the men, a shop owner, set up a table on the sidewalk and sold items for a nickel. The men joked they should choose the name “Nickle Dickle Day.” Dickle was a made-up word that is derived from dicker, the German word for barter. The phrase stuck, and the men misspelled the word nickel to rhyme with dickle. And so, Nickle Dickle Day was born.
Held every September, 25,000 to 30,000 event goers are anticipated this year. Sports lovers will want to attend the Fun Runs and the three–on–three basketball tournament. Take time to browse arts and crafts booths, and stop by the local library’s book sale. Don’t miss the 32nd antique collector and car show, and remember to cheer on contestants in the pie eating and pickle contests.
Food vendors offer Greek gyros, barbecue items, turkey drumsticks, popcorn and more. Enjoy the sounds of the Wendinger Polka Band, Chopper DJ and Traveled Ground. “It’s a great day, and we welcome everyone,” Gesinger says.
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Downtown Waconia, City Square Park