Special Events

NFL Pick'em

Pick the winner of each NFL game each week. Weekly points will be recorded and totaled at the end of the regular season. Participate for a chance to win a West Hills Tennis and Fitness Center or Adult Leisure Pursuits membership! Click on the links below to participate and pick each week's winner.

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Park Passport

The Park Passport program is an initiative of Owatonna Parks and Recreation to promote healthy lifestyle choices. The program encourages families and individuals to explore our parks and trails and exercise by walking the mapped trails. The four-week program is FREE and all access to the parks is FREE!

NEW this year: Signs will be up an entire month at 10 different parks and trails.

Let's get started:

1. Get your passport

2. Visit the parks listed and find the hidden password. Parks will have a small sign mounted to a post along the trail. The signs are approximately 2’-4’ from the ground. Each sign has a word on the back. NEW this year—all signs will be up an entire month, from September 6th through October 7th.

3. Reveal the phrase! Write the hidden password for each park/trail in the appropriate box to reveal the message. Submit your completed passport by October 14.  Submit your passport here.

4. Enjoy your time in the parks! The ten Passport Parks and Trails are Mineral Springs Park, Leo Rudolph Nature Reserve, Dartts Park, Buxton Trail, North Straight River Parkway, Kaplan’s Woods Trail, 18th Street Trail, Manthey Park, Muckle Trail and Kaplan’s Woods Parkway. A completed passport equals 11 miles of trail walking!

City Archery Deer Hunt

Application Form

The City of Owatonna is holding an archery deer hunt, two seasons, November 2-23 and November 24-December 20, 2019. Application fee is $20 to the City of Owatonna, non-refundable. Registration deadline is September 13, 2019 at 4 p.m. All applicants must pass a proficiency test using the same equipment with which they will be hunting. Fifty applicants are randomly drawn to test. Two sets of fifteen permits are randomly awarded from the pool of those passing the proficiency test. Hunters must be at least 18 years of age. After drawing, hunters are called in the order they were drawn to choose their location with a member of the park crew.

Only antlerless deer may be harvested in/on Cashman Park, Hamman Park, Kaplan’s Woods, Kaplan’s Woods Parkway, North Straight River Park Area, Leo Rudolph Nature Reserve, Manthey Park, Maple Creek Parkway and Kriesel Park. (Mineral Springs Park is pending at the time of publication.) However, once you take an antlerless deer, you are able to Earn-A-Buck.

All Minnesota DNR rules and regulations apply. More information is available on the application form. Any questions, contact Mary Jo Knudson 507-774-7364 or maryjo.knudson@ci.owatonna.mn.us

6th Annual Trick or Treat Trail

Saturday, October 26th – 2:00 – 4:00pm

Steele County Fairgrounds

Ghosts and Goblins of all ages grab your trick or treat bags and head to the Steele County Fair Grounds for our 6th Annual Trick or Treat Trail! Note, the new location for better parking and more space! Visit local businesses along the trail for treats, games, a photo shoot, and crafts. Visit the cute animals in the large petting zoo, take a ride on the kiddie train ride and find spooky treasures in the scavenger hunt. The Woof or Treat Trail will be back at this year’s event! Dress up your furry friends and visit the separate trail, with treats and goodies, just for them. Enter your pooch into the costume contest and win a great prize! We’ll also have two bounce houses, free hot chocolate and food trucks. Mark your calendars!

Trick or Treat Trail Booth Registration            Trick or Treat Trail Vendor Information    

Woof or Treat Trail Booth Registration            Woof or Treat Trail Vendor Information

THANK YOU to our Gold Event Sponsors:

Harland's Tire                                            Owatonna Knights of Columbus

Top Dog K-9 Grooming                             Owatonna Veterinary Hospital

Fernbrook Family Center                           Open Arms Suicide Prevention Program

Steele County Free Fair