January

February

March

Cash for Kids 

Internet Auction- go to www.isd840.org to connect to the auction site.

St. James School District 840 Foundation – Cash for Kids is an excellent fundraiser by the 840 Foundation.  The proceeds of the fundraiser are used to purchase those items for the classrooms that are not in the budget. None of the item is used for extracurricular activities. The St. James Area School District 840 Foundation board is made up of teacher and members of the community that are concerned about the growth and development of the students in the school district.

April

Cash for Kids – 

Internet Auction – go to www.isd840.org to connect to the auction site.

St. James School District 840 Foundation – Cash for Kids is an excellent fundraiser by the 840 Foundation.  The proceeds of the fundraiser are used to purchase those items for the classrooms that are not in the budget. None of the item is used for extracurricular activities. The St. James Area School District 840 Foundation board is made up of teacher and members of the community that are concerned about the growth and development of the students in the school district.

Hanging Basket Luncheon

The Hanging Basket Luncheon will be held in April to fund the planting and maintenance of the flowers in the hanging baskets which are in the business district of the community. The luncheon is sponsored by the St. James Rotary and is held in the community building. Lunch is served from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Take-out or delivery. The lunch is a free-will donation and is well supported by the community.

May

Hot Dog Day

Hot Dog Day 2024 is set for Saturday, May 18.  Come to downtown St. James for hot dogs!  Several organizations will be serving hot dogs (and more!) as a fundraiser.  More information will be available as it gets closer!

Good Samaritan Bowl

The Good Samaritan Bowl is an annual fundraising event which is used by the St. James Good Samaritan complex to purchase specific items which enhance the facilities. This is a team event and supporters of Good Samaritan are encouraged to participate in this fundraiser. Good Samaritan campus in St. James has three main units which range for complete independent living to assisted living and the skilled care facility.

June

Railroad Days

Railroad Days 2024 is June 17th -23rd.

Step back in time at the annual Railroad Days celebration. This event is a week of fun that celebrates our railroad heritage. Stop by the Model Rail Club where there are a variety of villages and trains in different scales to view, including hands-on interactions for the kids.

Visit the historical society museum to take in the many collections and displays featuring St. James history.

Pull out your clubs and challenge yourself at the St. James Golf Invitational tournament.

Saturday is the main event with fire truck rides, an antique car show, a pancake breakfast, Donut Eating Contest, the Gandy Dancer Parade, and more.

Rail Run featuring “Run For Those That Can’t”

The St. James Rail Run/Walk is Thursday, June 27th, 2024. The run/walk is held annual in conjunction with St. James Railroad Days. This is a fun family event for all ages which is held rain or shine.

St. James Community Golf Invitational

St. James Community Golf Invitational is held at St. James Golf Course in conjunction with Railroad Days. This event is an opportunity for anyone who can play golf to enjoy a great afternoon of best ball golfing. The course has the ability to facilitate up to 36 – (4somes) teams. Followed by a supper meal as part of the golfing package. Sponsors and non-golfers are encouraged to attend the supper after the golfers finish the invitational. Businesses sponsor each hole and a hole-in-one is also sponsored with a great prize. Door prizes are given at the end of the evening prior to the Ball Drop Event. There are a limited number of drop ball tickets available for purchase. The Invitational benefits the St. James Rotary Club, St. James 840 Foundation and St. James Area Chamber of Commerce.

Please return registration form and payment to Pioneer Bank- Alison Elg – Pioneer Bank

July

4th of July Fireworks

At dusk fireworks are displayed over St. James Lake.

The cost of the fireworks is borne by local service clubs and individuals interested in providing this event for the area community.

Watonwan County Fair

The Minnesota fair season kicks off in Watonwan County. Nothing beats a county fair- think cotton candy, carnival rides, cheese curds, 4H exhibits, tractor pulls, live music and animal barns to explore.

The 147th annual county fair will be held in St. James at the fairgrounds July 17-20, 2024.  The fairgrounds are located in the southeast corner of the city along 11th Street South. In addition to a carnival, there are 4-H exhibits, a horse show, and tractor pull, recognition of a Century Farm and Senior Citizens, excellent food vendors and a commercial building which displays a number of interesting exhibits.

The fair coordination is done by the Watonwan County Agricultural Association. The association is always looking for volunteers to assist before, during and after the fair, they can be contacted via their website: watonwancountyfair.com.

August

National Night Out

August 6, 2024 at Memorial Park. There will be a Free Will Donation meal at the north shelter. Refreshments are available for sale by local non-profits. The local emergency services – St. James Police Department, St. James Fire Department and St. James Ambulance Service all have vehicles and staff available for residents to view the equipment and talk to the employees/volunteers. Games for kids are also part of the event.

September

Multicultural Fiesta

The Multicultural Fiesta in St. James is an annual event that celebrates the many diverse cultures of the residents of our community. Come to beautiful downtown St. James and enjoy live musical performances including ethnic dancing. Get a taste of different cultures by sampling food from Germany, Guatemala, Scandinavia, and Mexico, to name a few.

Join the community on September 14, 2024 and attend the sixth annual Multi-Cultural Fiesta sponsored by the “Uniting Cultures” planning committee.   This date usually coincides with the celebration of the Mexican Independence Day which celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spain.  The event is an opportunity to not only share cultures with food vendors, exhibitors, but also music and dancers representing many nationalities.  This is a family-oriented event and usually starts at 4:00 pm and ends at 10:00 pm.  The fiesta is sponsored by a number of corporate sponsors and nonprofit organizations.  Any culture is invited to contact the planning committee to participate in the fiesta.

October

Wine, Women, & Wonderful Finds!!
Fashion Show – includes wine and appetizer.
Featuring:
The Collage Saint James
Sota Sisters Boutique
St. James American Legion

Social Hour 5:00 pm  Fashion Show starts at 6:00 pm

Proceeds go to the School District 840 Foundation

Community Halloween Party

The Children’s Halloween Parade is typically held the Monday before Halloween in conjunction with the St. James Community Education Department.  The children dress in the costumes which they normally wear for Trick or Treating and most are accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. The parade starts promptly at 5:00 pm at the corner of Armstrong Boulevard South and 2nd Avenue South (south of the Police Department). The route is the business district as businesses participate by handing out treats for the children. After the parade the children can attend a fun filled evening at Armstrong School. A snack is served along with a variety of games to occupy the children.

So, join us on Monday, October 23rd, 2023.

Trunk or Treat

Join St. Paul’s Lutheran School for the 8h annual Trunk or Treat event. This is a great way for children to be able to attend a trick or treat event in the safety of the school parking lot. Sponsors decorate the trunk of their vehicles for the event so that your children are able to trick or treat at each trunk. There are treats, children’s games, and a free meal. This is open to the public and free from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at 315 9th Street S. Saint James, MN on Saturday, October 28, 2023.

November

December

Winter Carnival

Hot chocolate and candy canes, Santa Claus, and a lighted parade. Let’s celebrate the holidays in St. James!  There’s plenty of fun for all ages with a lighted parade, pictures with Santa, a free movie at the Princess Theater, Santa’s Gift shop for children to purchase Christmas gifts at a reasonable price, and much more!  Go to the Winter Carnival page for more information!

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