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Parks and Recreation

Faribault also has a great tradition of festivals and events. The community celebrates an annual Heritage Festival in June, and hosts the county fair in July, in addition to two outstanding festivals that bring in people from all around the region, the Tree Frog Music Festival and the Faribault Airfest and Balloon Rally held in September.

City parks, golf courses, a BMX Track, paintball course, archery, disc golf, softball, baseball, all buzzing with activity for spectators and participants. For those rollerbladers, bikers and walkers you can pass by scenic lakes and prairies as Faribault is the hub for the Sakatah trail system which takes you on a 45 mile adventure.

The city also claims 10 miles of paved trails to explore and the 750 plus acres of the River Bend Nature Center is where you’ll be delighted by the trails and programs offered.

The 10 area lakes and two rivers create the scene for fishing, boating, canoeing, restful walks by the lakes and even hearing some fish stories. With so much wilderness area around, bird watching and wild flower excursions are very prosperous in Faribault.

In the fall, an autumn adventure in Faribault could include roaming through pumpkin fields and apple orchards, a music festival, a ride on a glider or visiting the farmers market.

You may want to take in a drive through the campuses of the Shattuck — St. Mary’s school and the Minnesota Academy of the Deaf. Both sit on majestic settings and there isn’t a better place to be in the State of Hockey than watching hockey at Shattuck.

As Sports Illustrated magazine put it, “Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is to high school hockey what Harvard is to law school.”

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