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The Weekender: Clearwater Rodeo, Common Roots Festival, Pantowners Car Show and More!


ST. CLOUD — You should have no excuse of being bored this weekend if you live around Central Minnesota. There are many fun and exciting things to see and do this weekend such as the Clearwater Rodeo, take in the first-ever Common Roots Festival, catch an outdoor movie at Whitney Park, enjoy some live music in Avon and take a trip back in time with the annual Pantowners Classic Car Show. Read more in The Weekender!



The Silver Bullet Saddle Club is back with another fantastic show for you at the 38th Annual Clearwater Rodeo. The fun begins tomorrow (Friday) and runs all weekend. Besides watching some great rodeo actions there will also be live music, bull riding, mutton bust, calf ribbon race, food, beer gardens and more. The first performance takes place at 7:00 p.m. and is a rain or shine event. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. You can also find them on the Value Connection.

CLICK HERE for ticket information!

– Friday, August 18th, 7:00 p.m.
– Saturday, August 19th, 4:00 p.m.
– Sunday, August 20th, 10:00 a.m.

(Photo: Darin Jensen)
(Photo: Darin Jensen)



Grab your lawn chair, blanket and kids and make your way to Whitney Park tonight (Thursday) for another outdoor movie. St. Cloud Park and Recreation is holding their final summer Under the Stars Movie Series. Thursday’s feature film is “Finding Dory.” Seating will open at 7:30 p.m.with the film starting at dusk. Concessions will be available to buy however the watch the movie is free.


– Thursday, August 17th, 7:30 p.m.

Photo by Isaac Schweer, WJON
Photo by Isaac Schweer, WJON



A first ever event is coming to Central Minnesota this weekend. You can enjoy live music featured on 15 stages, at nine venues, with over 175 musicians in downtown St. Cloud starting tonight (Thursday) with the “Central Minnesota Common Roots Festival.” The event was formed as a grassroots effort way to support the downtown businesses during the 5th Avenue street construction project, and at the same time highlight all local musicians. The event is free however you are asked buy a special button for $20, which will also get you several specials at local downtown businesses. The event will kick off with a big party at the Red Carpet tonight (Thursday).

CLICK HERE for your button!

– Thursday, August 17th, 6:00 p.m.
– Friday, August 18th, 6:30 p.m.
– Saturday, August 19th, 6:00 p.m.

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Pantowners Car Show

Benton County Fairgrounds



If you’re a fan of classic and antique cars you will want to make your way to the Benton County Fairgrounds Sunday. The Pantowners are holding their 42nd Annual Car Show and Swap this weekend. Along with outdoor displays there will also be indoor displays, arts and crafts and swap vendors. This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are $7 per person and kids 11 and under are free. The car show runs from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


– Sunday, August 20th, 7:00 a.m.

Classic car owners show off their cars in the 38th Annual St. Cloud Antique Car Show. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
Classic car owners show off their cars in the 38th Annual St. Cloud Antique Car Show. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)


Enjoy some local music in the quiet town of Avon tonight (Thursday). Avon Area Arts is holding their monthly Music in the Park concert series. The featured band will be Random Road, a very talented group of musicians who have an enthusiasm for playing, which creates a fun and toe-tapping environment for all. The show is free to attend and begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Wobegon Trail Park amphitheater. You’re encouraged to bring your own seating and food will be available for purchase.


– August 17th, 6:30 p.m.

Richard Leguil, WJON
Richard Leguil, WJON

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