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May 4-6, 2023

Thank you for joining us during our 10th year of celebrating lights in Ramsey Park! Twenty-six community businesses and organizations along with Event Sound & Lighting join Celebrate Redwood Falls to bring you a fun and unique event in Ramsey Park. The lights come on at 8:30pm to showcase the natural beauty of the woods and trails. Come enjoy the show!

EVENT SCHEDULE

Lighting of the park takes place at Ramsey Park.

Thursday - Saturday
May 4-6, 2023

8:30pm - 11pm

Roads closed to traffic at 8:00pm until event starts.

NightFalls Events At Ramsey Park:

  • One-way traffic, enter on Grove St
  • Drive-Thru Displays
  • Over 4 miles of lighted trails, over 280,000 lights on display
  • 26 Sound and light displays from local organizations and businesses
  • 2 Lighted waterfalls (Ramsey Falls and Falls of the Redwood light displays), 6 lighted bridges
  • Rubi's Kitchen and Sweet Kettle Madness Friday and Saturday nights

 

  • Radio broadcast: Tune in on your drive to 88.7 FM
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community drum group Friday night
  • RVHS Drumline Saturday night every 15 minutes between 9-10pm, near Ramsey Zoo
  • Hike special trails to spot dinosaurs, animals, fairies, and spooks!

Directions to Ramsey Park

in Redwood Falls, MN

OUR SPONSORS

Trailblazers

Illuminators

Sparklers

  • Chuck Lussenhop, Scott Stein, Glenn Tiffany
  • Connie Bohn, Joan Koster, Lori Hagert
  • Daktronics
  • Dan Schmid Photography
  • Dave & Corrine Gertsema
  • Henle Printing Company
  • Jason Garman
  • Jay Johanneck
  • Klabunde Electric
  • Lonny Leske
  • Mark and Brenda Dressen
  • MnDOT District 8
  • Ramona Larson
  • Redwood Falls Golf Club
  • Rick Morris
  • RVHS Drumline
  • S&S Rental
  • Scott Johanneck
  • Steve Medrud
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Tiffany Farms
  • West Central Sanitation

Light the Trails Donors $1,000+

AgCountry Logo
on behalf of Dave & Corrine Gertsema
Redwood Falls Lions
FUI Logo
Redwood Falls Rotary Club
Tersteeg's Supermarket Logo
Everstrong Construction
Lower Sioux Indian Community Logo

Craig & Cindy LaBrie

$500 - $999

  • American Family Insurance
  • Dan & Pam Schmid
  • Everstrong Construction
  • HomeTown Bank
  • Kirby & Donalee Josephson
  • Minnesota Valley Snow Riders
  • Minnwest Bank
  • Orrin S. Estebo Foundation
  • Sward Kemp Drug, Inc.
  • Total Glass
  • Truly Home Real Estate
  • VFW Post 2553

$250 - $499

  • A&W Furniture
  • AgCountry Farm Credit Services
  • Bayer
  • Bob Schmidt
  • Bobby & Brenna Elwell
  • Clements Lumber
  • Dental Center
  • Olson Chevrolet
  • RE/MAX Realty Plus
  • Stephens Funeral Service
  • Teri & Michael Smith

NEWS & UPDATES

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Our hearts are hurting as we mourn the loss of our very good friend Butch Fluck. Butch joined our board in 2015 and was an invaluable volunteer at every event since. He will be greatly missed. We love you Butch. β™₯️ Our thoughts are with Butch's family.

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Our hearts are hurting as we mourn the loss of our very good friend Butch Fluck. Butch joined our board in 2015 and was an invaluable volunteer at every event since. He will be greatly missed. We love you Butch. β™₯️ Our thoughts are with Butchs family.

https://www.nelson-hillestad.com/obituaries/eldon-fluck

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He will be greatly missed 😒 My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. πŸ™πŸ»

So very sad. Thoughts and prayers for the family

So very sad. Sending all my love to the family.

Butch was an awesome volunteer. Prayers to his family

Prayers to Marsha and family. The community and myself will miss him.

Our hearts are broken! He was so good at scaring the crap 😳 out of me....all he had to do was walk up to me and yell hey or boo and I would jump! He was the king of startling me whether at the hotel (Francois) or in the park working on lights for Nightfalls, on the ice for Fire and Ice or even at Summer Splash! Thoughts and Prayers to his family.

Our hearts are broken too. Miss you Butch! Our sympathy to his Celebrate Redwood Falls Family as well as the rest of his family and friends. Many hugs to all of you!

I’m so sorry to hear this πŸ’”. Butch was such a friendly man to with. I’ll always remember his good mood.

Butch was a good friend of my Redwood Falls family.. The volunteers of all the festivals will miss a kind soul always there when needed. Rest in peace Butch.

I have been praying for you, Craig and Cindy! I know how important Butch was to you as well ❀️

Keeping friends and family in our thoughts and prayers.

Butch was a kind soul. My deepest condolences to the family πŸ™πŸ™

Butch was such a stand up guy. If something needed to be done, he was there. πŸ˜”

So sorry for your loss. Butch is a loss to so many. I pray that you and his family may find peace during this difficult time.

Such a wonderful picture of Butch. Love his smile! This is how I want to remember him.

Our community was blessed by Butch’s leadership and caring heart. I enjoyed getting to know him while he served on the Hospital Commission. Sending prayers of peace and comfort.

Blessings to his family and friends. He will be missed dearly

Heartfelt condolences to you all. Sending prayers of strength during this sad time.

Butch always had a warm smile and caring heart! Such a kind person! πŸ’”

He was a man with a golden heart. He will be greatly missed!!! Prayers πŸ™

Butch was such a happy, joyful volunteer for Celebrate Redwood Falls -- and many other organizations. Great man. So sorry.

Prayers for his family and friends πŸ™β€οΈπŸ™

Prayers to his family!!! Hope for peace at this difficult time...

Many thoughts and prayers go out to Butch, his family, and his community of friends and volenteers who will miss him and his many contributions.

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Unfortunately, the ice is not thick enough for us to hold Fire & Ice as planned and with the warming temperatures ahead, we have decided to cancel this year. We know it's a disappointment but we learned that the ice is still only 4-6" in some areas despite the stretch of subzero temps. We hope to see you at NightFalls May 2-4! #RedwoodArea #CRWF #FireandIce ... See MoreSee Less

Unfortunately, the ice is not thick enough for us to hold Fire & Ice as planned and with the warming temperatures ahead, we have decided to cancel this year. We know its a disappointment but we learned that the ice is still only 4-6 in some areas despite the stretch of subzero temps. We hope to see you at NightFalls May 2-4! #RedwoodArea #CRWF #FireandIce

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One year it was on land due to that. And it was fun!

Sorry…

Good call !!

Still have it and hold it where Summer Splash events are held

Noooo

Is it really that hard to just have everyone set up by the pool/baseball field instead of the ice? Then just do the fireworks in the same spot over there where you do in the summer, shouldn't be to difficult to change or get new event permits since it's a City Celebration 😏 Someone's coming across as lazy... Do better!

I’ll be at NiteFalls πŸ˜‡

I was just talking with a friend last night about going to this event. Too bad it couldn't be moved. I don't remember anything that had to be on a lake. The food and beverage stands, the mini golf, the DJ, sitting areas and fire bins for warming nothing requires them to be on a frozen lake. Decisions been made and we'll look forward to next year.

Sad…

Safety is always a number 1 priority.

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People have been asking us, "do you think there will be enough ice to have Fire & Ice this year?" for several weeks now and while it's never certain, we felt pretty confident because it's Minnesota and it gets cold around here! Did you know the lake froze over completely the day before Thanksgiving? It really did! In early Dec, people were out enjoying the lake for a few weeks until the unbelievably warm stretch around Christmas opened up areas around the lake again. It didn't take long for it to freeze back over and given the forecast, looks like we're in for some serious ice making between now and Feb 3! Anglers are back on the ice and we even saw some ice skaters over the weekend. Rest assured, we'll monitor the ice thickness as we get closer and relocate and/or postpone if needed but looks like Mother Nature is giving us the cold snap we need over the next few weeks. #FireandIce #CRWF #RedwoodArea ... See MoreSee Less

People have been asking us, do you think there will be enough ice to have Fire & Ice this year? for several weeks now and while its never certain, we felt pretty confident because its Minnesota and it gets cold around here! Did you know the lake froze over completely the day before Thanksgiving? It really did! In early Dec, people were out enjoying the lake for a few weeks until the unbelievably warm stretch around Christmas opened up areas around the lake again. It didnt take long for it to freeze back over and given the forecast, looks like were in for some serious ice making between now and Feb 3! Anglers are back on the ice and we even saw some ice skaters over the weekend. Rest assured, well monitor the ice thickness as we get closer and relocate and/or postpone if needed but looks like Mother Nature is giving us the cold snap we need over the next few weeks. #FireandIce #CRWF #RedwoodArea

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Of course ice means it is cold! Coming from a desert rat.

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I was waiting for this postπŸ˜‚ I love the fire and ice festival

Will there ever be an ice fishing tournament as part of the festival now that the lake has been dredged.

Autumn

Oh my…this is the same night as the chamber gala! 😟

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Love the logo

We had a fun time on Friday at the Redwood Area Chamber and Tourism Christmas by Candlelight Light Parade! It was great to see all the spectators along the route enjoying all the festivities and supporting our local businesses! Thanks for coming out for our community! ... See MoreSee Less

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You definitely put the “Merry” in ChristmasπŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Great float!!! Imagination.

Should at least wait until after Thanksgiving. There's a reasone for both holidays and people are forgetting that!

We weren’t able to be here for it as we were still in Arizona, but you do an amazing job of promoting Redwood Falls to our own community and others around. Beautiful floats. Awesome way for people to support and promote our businesses as well as get together with people to celebrate the holidays.

Blessings Always..Enjoy Christmas!

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Our monsters don't come this pretty naturally, it takes the hard work of some very talented individuals to make us look this good! Many thanks to Morgan Hagert, Susan Tholkes, and Sydnie Simone of Hair Company Salon & Spa, and Destiny Groen, Shannon Ness, Melanie LaBrie, Julie Revier Chmelar, and Dave Gertsema!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Our monsters dont come this pretty naturally, it takes the hard work of some very talented individuals to make us look this good! Many thanks to Morgan Hagert, Susan Tholkes, and Sydnie Simone of Hair Company Salon & Spa, and Destiny Groen, Shannon Ness, Melanie LaBrie, Julie Revier Chmelar, and Dave Gertsema!!!Image attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

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So much fun!

Wow they did such a great job as always!!

Awesome crew, volunteers and Board Members

Great job artists and talented community members. Thank you

We truly appreciate the support of the organizations and businesses who make our Monsters on Main Street event so much fun for all the families that come to participate!!! ... See MoreSee Less

We truly appreciate the support of the organizations and businesses who make our Monsters on Main Street event so much fun for all the families that come to participate!!!

Our season is coming to a close in 30 minutes so be sure to get yourself to The Francois Haunted Hotel before the hour strikes 9pm! Downtown Redwood Falls! ... See MoreSee Less

Our season is coming to a close in 30 minutes so be sure to get yourself to The Francois Haunted Hotel before the hour strikes 9pm! Downtown Redwood Falls!

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Thanks so much for the scare’s tonight! We had a great time!!!

If only I was not 1700 miles away. Oh that is right. It is too scary?

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FUN FACTS

The History of NightFalls

What began in 2014 as Founders’ Day celebrating the arrival of a small group of settlers establishing the future town of Redwood Falls has evolved into the NightFalls event you get to experience today. After several years in the area around Ramsey Falls, the event now encompasses the entire park. We’ve added more lights, new areas, and new displays to make it better than ever!

We hope you can help keep NightFalls growing with a donation to our Light The Trails fundraiser. Donate at one of the barrels in the park, send a check, or donate online. Thanks to all who have contributed so far – we are halfway to our goal of $30,000!

We couldn’t do this without the support of all of the volunteers, illuminators, sponsors and donations – a very special thank you to everyone who has helped make this event possible. On behalf of the Celebrate Redwood Falls board, thank you for coming to explore the park in the dark at NightFalls!

Craig LaBrie, President

NightFalls Fun Facts

  • Walking on bridge during NightfallsNumber of lights used: 280,000
  • Miles of trails illuminated: 4
  • Number of lighted bridges: 6
  • Number of lighted waterfalls: 2
  • Number of business & organizations decorating areas: 26
  • Number of creatures hidden along the designated trails:
    Spooks 10, Animals 24+, Dinos 15+, & Fairies 16+
  • Past attendance: 6,500 attendees in 2022 including 1,167 vehicles & 2,451 walkers
  • NightFalls began as Founders Day in 2014 during Redwood Falls Sesquicentennial
  • The 2014-2019 events were entirely at Ramsey Falls, 2020 had 4 drive-thru displays installed by Celebrate Redwood Falls & a Home Edition contest, 2021 expanded drive-thru displays with 21 groups participating & lighting on some trails, 2022 had 22 groups & all trails lighted to include the entire park
  • Future goals for the event: Add more lighting along trails by decorating trees & ground areas, expand number of event days, increase local participation, & bring more tourism to Redwood Falls

Ramsey Park Fun Facts

  • Ramsey Park is 256+ acres which makes the largest municipal park in the state
  • The unique swayback bridge built in 1938 is on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Home to 2 waterways – Redwood River which creates the Falls of the Redwood & Ramsey Creek which creates Ramsey Falls
  • 4 Bridges cross Ramsey Creek & 2 cross the Redwood River

SUPPORT NIGHTFALLS

What Can My Donation Help Light Up?

$40 - Small Tree
$60 - Medium Tree
$75 - Large Tree
$240 - Trail Crossing Canopy
$480 - Swayback Bridge
$600 - Trail per 10th of a Mile
$1,000 - Decorated Area or Walk Bridge

Light the Trails Fundraiser Goal
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