Save the dates of Aug. 17-19 and plan to be in Kenyon for some hometown fun and socializing. Plans are underway for the 2012 Kenyon Rose Fest with a three-day list of events encompassing long-time favorites as well as new ventures.

Watch the coming weekly editions of the Kenyon Leader for Rose Fest Medallion clues. John Cole stopped in at the newspaper office on Monday and commented that the treasure is well-hidden. He said he still gets a real kick out of crafting the clues and hiding the medallion each year, even after a decade of doing the job.

The KW Booster Club golf tournament is back on Friday, as well as the book sale at the Kenyon Library and the amateur photo contest at Write On.

Garden fresh produce, crafts and home business products will be available at the Farmer’s Market on Friday and Saturday. This year it will take place in the Write On parking lot, across from Fred’s IGA. Spaces are still available, so contact Write On or register online today at the city’s website.

On the newbie list is the kid’s party in Depot Park on Aug. 17, starting at 5 p.m. The evening schedule gives people time to get home from work and still enjoy some family fun. In past years Friday has been a bit sparse in the afternoon, but 2012 offers plenty to do.

The Kenyon Police Department will host the bike rodeo portion from 5-7 p.m, complete with courses to challenge two-wheeled autonomous kids of all ages. Doesn’t that just sound like fun?

If the weather is hot, no worries--the Kenyon Fire Department water wars will cool things off at 6 p.m. The event is open for all ages, and it might be a good idea to bring a change of dry clothes along for after the soaking.

The scavenger hunt is offering KABA KASH prizes this year, but people will have to have their wits about them in order to win. Teams of up to 5 people should be ready to go at 7 p.m. at the park.

Music will be a part of the Friday kid party as well, with a DJ spinning tunes from 8-10 p.m. in the parking lot by the pool. That is a great location for the music, because the municipal swimming pool will be hosting pool parties for the older kids on into the evening. The 7-9 graders are slated for 9-10 p.m. and sophomores, juniors and seniors can take to the water from 10-11 p.m.

For those who enjoy traditional games of skill, the Park and Rec Committee has scheduled two new tournaments for Friday at the park. The horse shoe tourney will take place at the pits and the frisbee golf tourney will play out over the course in the lower and upper park area, both beginning at 6 p.m.

Wrapping up Friday evening is the tried and true hog roast and beer garden behind the VFW. “Mountain Ash” band was received so well last year, they are back again this summer to rock out the crowd.

The Saturday morning Lions pancake breakfast at St. Michael’s Catholic Church is another annual Rose Fest event. It is where the Grand Marshal of the parade is announced.

Runners take note that the 5K Run is on Saturday morning as well. Registration information is on the city website, This year the proceeds from the run will go to benefit the Kenyon Municipal Swimming Pool.

Events are going on all over town on Saturday. The road rally returns again this year, taking off from the Interstate Mills parking lot at 10 a.m. to follow clues all over the area. The kids pedal tractor pull, water balloon wars and kid’s fun day at the park with inflatables are back too.

Kenyon’s Rose Fest Car Show is well-known in the region and takes place on Saturday as well. Did you know that the ladies accompanying or making car show entries receive a long stem rose?

The parade is another great Rose Fest tradition, and will feature Shriner Clown units, the Rochester Barbershop Chorus and the Cannon Falls Community Band. At the committee meeting this week, Heather Sibley brought up the possibility of bringing in the Kracker Jacks comedy drum line for the parade. The Rose Fest Committee is open to suggestions for several sponsorships to make this happen, as the drum line commands over $900 to perform.

Update Note: It is now confirmed that Fred's IGA will be sponsoring the Kracker Jacks drum line for the Rose Fest Parade.

Following the parade is another new event. An old fashioned hymn sing will be held at First Lutheran Church at 6 p.m. Even if you do not profess to be a singer, just to hear all those voices together should be worth bending an ear to listen.

The Kenyon Muni wraps up the evening on Saturday. After their bean bag tournament earlier in the day, they will feature the live music of “8 Foot 4” at the street dance. Hammerschlagen fans will be pleased to hear that the wood and nail challenge will be available there as well, courtesy of the Kenyon Ladies’ Firefighter Auxiliary.

Sunday morning brings the tractor pull up by Peterson Ford on Hwy 56, and the afternoon winds down with Music in Depot Park, featuring the local trio “Three’s a Chord”, also known as the “Holden Hot Dishes”.

Reach Terri Washburn at 507-333-3148 and follow her on Twitter @KenyonTerri.

-Reach Terri Washburn at 507-333-3148 and follow her on Twitter @KenyonTerri.