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Organized for Farmington: June news and notes

A monthly update from Farmington area organizations and clubs.

Farmington Dew Days

As Dew Days draws near, participants are sought for the annual Rib Cookoff event to be held in downtown Farmington on June 21. Set up is 8 a.m. Contest entrants will be set up on Oak Street, between Third and Fourth streets. The event is sponsored by Family Fresh Market. For more information and to register, visit the Dew Days website,

Farmington Food Shelf

The Farmington Food Shelf need is even greater in the summer when children are home from school. Suggested Summer Food donations include: fresh fruit and vegetables, fruit, jello and pudding cups, macaroni and cheese, fruit juice, cold cereal, instant oatmeal, granola bars, canned fruit and vegetables, potato and rice sides, canned tuna, chicken and spam, spaghettios, and canned soups.

Personal care items include toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, laundry soap, bar soap and dish soap.

Drop off hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Farmington Food Shelf, 510 Walnut St.. Enter the east doors on Sixth Street and it is the second room on your left. The food shelf phone number is 651-463-5019.

Farmington VFW

On June 2, the VFW Club hosted the monthly Veterans Dinner, sponsored by the Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network. The next Veterans Dinner will be held in September.

A steak fry for the Farmington High School dance line will be June 21, serving is from 4-8 p.m. Enjoy a Von Hanson steak, baked potato, salad, veggies, bread, dessert, and coffee or milk or water, all for a donation of $10.

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189 will have a Hot Dog stand in front of the VFW Club for Dew Days. Hot Dogs, potato chips, and pop will be available all day on June 20-21/.

If you have a worn or torn American Flag, please bring it into the VFW Club for proper disposal. If you need a new flag, stop in at the VFW Club, we do have some flags on hand, and other sizes, we can order for you.

Have a great June, including Dew Days.

The back room of the VFW Club is available for wedding receptions and other events. Call the VFW Club at 651-460-6888 to make reservations.

Farmington Lions Club

Again this year the Farmington Lions will be sponsoring the Beer Garden at the Dew Days event June 17-21. This is a large fundraised for the Lions and also Dew Days committee. Hope to see you there.

We are always looking for additional community minded members. If you would like some information about the lions organization please call Jeff at 612-750-9689

If you bought a 200 club Chicken dinner ticket from any Lions member, look in your mailbox for the dates and time of the event. Sept 4. Lion Clyde will be mailing a postcard.

Farmington Rotary

Farmington Rotary handed out a pair of scholarships at Farmington High School’s recent awards night. The club gave $250 each to Julia Lee and Jesse London. Both were involved in STRIVE, a Rotary mentoring program meant to help students refocus on their education.

Dakota County Farmington Library

The Dakota County Farmington Library’s goal, every summer, is to keep students reading, so that their comprehension levels won’t fall behind while school is closed. That’s the serious side of our motives when we offer our yearly Bookawocky Summer Reading Experience. Hopefully, what our patrons see is a just whole lot of fun. We have a full summer’s worth of programs lined up to help your family enjoy reading together: story times in the park, duct tape crafts, Big Band dance lessons for adults, Splatter Sisters signing on the main stage during Dew Days… the list is long and I encourage you to look up the full calendar of events online at

Children can track their reading on a game board that includes a few prizes along the way.

We are especially excited this summer to be nearing the completion of our remodeling project and hope to move back home sometime in August. A huge thank-you goes to the Farmington City Hall for welcoming us to their building during this remodeling project. We have truly enjoyed working more closely with the city staff members.

As we look forward to our larger library space, we’ve also re-kindled the Friends of the Farmington Library – a group of patrons who understand that an actively involved community is a great support for all libraries. To learn more about their activities, check out their new facebook page Farmington Library Friends.