Keith Smiley of the Cannon Falls Wine and Art Festival reports record attendance on July 15 despite some high heat and humidity. Smiley estimates around 5,000 in attendance at the two-day run of the 8th annual Festival held at Hannah's Bend Park along the Cannon River on July 15 and 16. Fourteen wineries (and cideries - new this year) from all across the state sampled their products. A total of 91 booths were set up with artists and craftsmen, plus food vendors (including the Cannon Falls Lions). Smiley thanks the Boy Scouts for helping with parking and clean-up, the Outback Riders Club for volunteering parking lot shuttles, the Cannon Falls Community Band for performing and the CF EMTs for being available (fortunately no reported heat exhaustion or injuries). Smiley said he heard a lot of positive feedback about the Cannon River, the bike trail and the shops in town from many of the attendees who made the trip from the Cities and Rochester. - Ken Haggerty photo
Welcome to Cannon Falls! Whether you're here for a day's excursion or have recently moved to town, you'll find a wealth of delightful discoveries. Stunning natural beauty and year-round recreation. Gracious hosts, keeping small-town friendliness alive. All the basics of life and more, provided by people who greet you by name. Sophisticated technology and fine products are available here, but traffic is light, lines short. World-class theatre and medical care, colleges and pro sports are less than an hour away.