Lake Benton gears up for Saddle Horse Holiday

Lake Benton is starting the Saddle Horse Holiday today and continuing until Sunday. The town is busy in preparation for the summer celebration.

“The hidden horseshoe contest kicks off the whole week, and many people look forward to it,” said Dan Kuss, the president of the Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday evening will be the crowning of Miss Lake Benton.

On Friday, the events really kick into gear with a bike rodeo at 1 p.m. on Center Street.

“The Lake Benton Volunteers for Education will be addressing safety issues to the kids. The Lincoln County sheriff will be there to give safety tips. Then, the kids can ride their bikes through a course,” said Kuss.

Also, there is a hot dog feed, pork chop feed, drive-in movie night and a disco.

On Saturday, there will be many events going on, including the Iron Horse Poker Run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. This is an annual tradition for the Saddle Horse Holiday.

“All day Saturday there will be a bunch of activities for little kids on Center Street,” Kuss said.

A cowboy church service will start off the festivities on Sunday.

“All denominations are welcome. There will be country music and cowboy attire,” Kuss said.

At noon, the 67th Annual Saddle Horse Parade begins.

“There are between 50 and 75 units in the parade, maybe more. Also, those who participate in the trail ride end up right behind the units and walk through. There are anywhere between 100 and 250 horses,” Kuss said.

“A lot of people come back to Lake Benton for our celebration year after year,” Kuss added. “Everyone is welcome and there will be things for the whole family.”



Hidden Horseshoe contest, rules and clues posted daily at Lake Benton Heritage Center


9:30-10:15 a.m. – United Way “Get Wild About Reading” program, Garfield Street Park

Evening – Crowning of Miss Lake Benton


11 a.m.-1 p.m. – First Security Bank hot dog feed, Center Post

1 p.m. – LBVE bike rodeo, Center Street

5-7 p.m. – Pork chop feed, Lake Benton American Legion

Dusk – Lawnchair drive-in movie night

9 p.m.-1 a.m. – Starvey’s Disco, Lake Benton Bar and off sale


All day – Softball tournament, DeZeeuw Field

All day – Midwest Concessions

9 a.m. – Flea market, downtown

9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Lake Benton Heritage Center open

10 a.m. – Kids’ pedal tractor pull, South Center Street

10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Iron Horse poker run, from Beckers

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Jessica’s Petting Zoo

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Face painting

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Straw bale maze

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Burger feed, Center Post

Noon – Relay For Life bean bag tournament, Westside Field

1-3 p.m. – Ice Cream social and open house, Lake Benton Opera House and Kimball Building

1 p.m. – Firemen’s tug of war, School Park

4 p.m. – Pre-game tailgater, Westside Field

7 p.m. – Football – Wildcats vs. South Central Hawgs, Westside Field

9 p.m.-1 a.m. – Firemen’s dance, Gel, fire hall


All day – Softball tournament, Westside Field

9 a.m. – Ecumenical church service, cowboy church, Opera House

10 a.m. – Dakota-MN trail ride

Noon – 67th Annual Saddle Horse parade

1 p.m. – Minnesota-Dakota Saddle Horse Holiday events, Horse Hill north of Hole-in-the-Mountain Park

1 p.m. – Kids’ Saddle Horse contest, Horse Hill, no horse needed