Rhubarb Fest is coming Saturday June 8.
Now in its ninth year, the village festival and has grown to be a fun-filled, locally rooted, family-centered celebration of the start of summer. Where else can you eat ten different kinds of rhubarb pie, pose with someone dressed up as a stick of rhubarb, and cheer on a flock of rubber ducks as they swim over a waterfall? Complete with a rhubarb-themed bake off, it has earned its reputation as a sweet celebration.
This year, the event is headed by a new committee of local people, including some major players of past Rhubarb Days: The Osceola Lions, Community Homestead and Hiawatha Bank. With an injection of energy from new resident Ruth Sattler, the festival is shaping up with everything rhubarb. When this group heard that the library, which had created and managed the event so far, needed to step aside, they converted collective disappointment into action.
“After all, such a gloriously quirky and wonderfully built event surely could not end!” said Christine Elmquist of Community Homestead.
On Friday, the Hiawatha Bank will kick things off with barbecue by River View Catering. The farmers market will open for the first Friday of the season.
On Saturday, Community Homestead arrives with the huge, everything rhubarb, bake sale, along with craft and food vendors at Millpond Park.
“The bake-off competition is on, and so is the bouncy castle and the 5k race, so we can all justify some calories,” joked Elmquist.
Summer arrives on main street with sidewalk sales and rhubarb offerings, and the book sale is open again at the library. And of course, the rubber ducks are flying in for the Osceola Lions Duck Race.
Osceola’s Rhubarb Festival has always been a fundraiser.
“Raising fun and funds is a win-win for everyone,” said Elmquist. “As we look to build this event, we invite local non-profits, school clubs, church groups to come join us. Bring your idea for rhubarb themed fun and add to the entertainment while you raise money for your mission!”
For more information email Ruth Sattler at email@example.com.
Editor's note: This article has been corrected regarding the name of the barbecue catering service.