What’s Hometown Pride?
We love unique events, landmarks, attractions and traditions! We want to know what makes your community special and what features or popular events put your community on the map. We love original and creative ideas, but here are some examples for inspiration.
- What special events, landmarks or features bring your community together?
- What unique community event or tradition celebrates your hometown’s history, present or future?
- Does your community have any legends that locals are proud of or that tourists flock to see?
If you have a photo of the unique aspect, we would love to see! Please upload it along with your story.
Ready to tell us what makes your community unique?
Past Hometown Pride Winners
Hometown Pride is all about celebrating community. In 2019, the Cenex brand has honored the following events, landmarks, attractions or traditions with $5,000 to continue the celebration.
Arc Park in Hays, KS
Children of all abilities should be able to gather and play together at the park. Arc Park aims to serve children with disabilities and able-bodied children with an accessible playground, baseball field and splashpad.
Eagle Watching in Sauk City, WI
Hundreds of people regularly gather each winter to watch eagles soar along the Wisconsin River. The tradition culminates in an annual Eagle Watching Days event, held every January.
100 Years of Pheasant Hunting in Redfield, SD
Known as the pheasant hunting capital of the world, Redfield has become an epicenter for generations of hunting families during opening weekend. In 2019, the tradition celebrates its 100th year.
The Geographic Center of North America in Rugby, ND
A monument and museum mark what is the center of North America in Rugby. The landmarks celebrate the town’s history and its commitment to community businesses.
110 Foot Elevator Mural and 1925 Carousel in Faulkton, SD
A two for one deal, Faulkton has two unique displays of art: An elevator mural painted by Australian artist Guido VanHelten and a nearly 100-year-old carousel still in operation every summer.
Neewollah in Independence, KS
One hundred years ago, this event started as a way to keep playful pranksters out of mischief on Halloween night – the event is Halloween spelled backward – now it is one week of events that gathers people from across the state.
Storybook Land in Aberdeen, SD
A free, nursery-rhyme-themed amusement park supported by community contributions brings children and travelers together in the summer months to enjoy rides on everything from the Humpty Dumpty roller coaster to the Wizard of Oz balloon ride.
Baileyville Benefit Basketball Tournament and Fundraiser in Seneca, KS
Each winter, hundreds gather to participate in a tournament and auction that raises money to help local families in medical need. In 2018, $130,000 was raised and split between four deserving families.
4th of July Turtle Races in Sterling, KS
Many towns use fireworks and parades to celebrate the Fourth of July, but in Sterling the holiday also includes decorating and racing Kansas Box turtles. Don’t worry, no animals are harmed in the celebration – all decorations are removable.
Annual Threshing Bee in Donnelly, MN
Threshing is the act of separating the edible part of grain from its chaff. To honor Donnelly’s history of agriculture, the annual Threshing Bee celebration includes threshing competitions, antique tractor pulls and live chain saw carving.
King Turkey Day in Worthington, MN
This long-standing tradition celebrates the abundance of wild turkeys in the area. Each year, turkeys from Worthington and Cuero, Texas race for the title of the Great Gobbler Gallop.
Dickins Village Festival in Garrison, ND
For nearly 30 years, this three-weekend festival has turned Garrison into a quaint Victorian town of the Charles Dickens era. The event features rides on a horse-drawn carriages or an authentic English double decker bus, plus a lighted parade and a live performance of A Christmas Carol.
Authentic Danish Windmill in Kenmare, ND
Built in 1902 by a Danish immigrant farmer, this beautiful windmill fell victim to arson in the winter of 2019. Since then, the community’s park district has been working to restore the town’s valued landmark.
Pelican Pete in Pelican Rapids, MN
Pelican Pete is a 15.5-foot statue that was built in 1957 and holds the title of world’s largest pelican. Pete is an area landmark and frequent photo-op for tourists.
Willie Walleye in Baudette, MN
Willie the Walleye is a 40-foot, 2.5-ton fish that was built in 1957 and has come to symbolize the Lake of the Woods area that is heavily trafficked by local and traveling anglers. Willie serves as the backdrop for many traveler’s photos.
Avenue of Flags in Holstein, IA
This stretch of road in Holstein, Iowa is lined with nearly 450 flags that were privately purchased and erected to honor military veterans who have connections to the community. Each flag pole is labeled with a veteran’s name, his or her branch of service and military service period.
Kid Day in Benson, MN
A tradition that dates back to the 1930s, Kid Day celebrates the youth of small-town America. The events draws kids from all over the area for a fun-filled day including a parade, carnival, live music, kid royalty and kid “kops,” and more.
The Community Band in Meire Grove, MN
A Minnesota Music Hall of Fame inductee, the Meire Grove Community band has been playing music since 1883. From traveling the state, to touring throughout Europe, this band is a strong source of pride for the community and has all ages from grandparents to teenagers performing together.
An Antique Carousel in Story City, IA
This 100-year-old, hand-carved wooden carousel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was honored by the National Carousel Association. It was purchased in 1938 and has nearly 20,000 riders each year.