Community Events

Easter Egg Hunt — April (Day before Easter)
This free community event is typically held the Saturday of Easter weekend. The Civic & Commerce sponsors this annual event and partners with the local National Honor Society to make it all come to life. Meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs and register for prizes!

Great American Think-Off — June (Second Saturday in June)
The Great American Think-Off is an exhibition of civil disagreement between powerful ideas that connect to your life at the gut level. The Cultural Center sponsors this annual philosophy contest which invites people to submit an essay (750 words or less) for a chance to win one of four $500 cash prizes and participate in the live debate to ultimately answer the question, determined by audience vote. A new question is released each year on January 1, essays are due April 1, finalists announced May 1, and the great debate is held each year on the second Saturday in June at the New York Mills School, with reception following at the Cultural Center. Visit to learn more.

Ronald McDonald House Ride — June (Second Saturday in June)
The world’s largest Ronald McDonald House benefit ride occurs in NYM each June. The RMH Ride has raised well over $1 Million in its 14 year history and hosts up to 1,000 riders each year. Festivities held at NYM VFW Post 3289. Visit for more info on this year’s ride.

Lund Mania Fishing Tournament / Summer Celebration / Fish House Festival — July ( Typically Second Friday/Saturday in July)
This premier event is a collaboration between NYM’s largest employer, Brunswick (maker of Lund Boats), the NYM Civic & Commerce Association, and the Cultural Center. Highly coveted Lund Mania fishing tournament spots are filled quickly by those hoping for Lund Boat prize packages! Visit Main Avenue during the day to witness artists painting fish houses & more on the street, and cool off in the Cultural Center Gallery while viewing the annual Decoy Show. The celebration continues into the evening with food, music, a parade and fun! Parade Entry Form – Under this link is the registration form for the Parade!  You can register for the Boatville Drags by following this Link  ! 

Corn Feed / Puppet Pageant — Third Friday in August
Community corn feed including free corn from Civic & Commerce, food vendors, and a large-scale street theater Puppet Pageant performance presented by the Cultural Center. Held at the New York Mills VFW. Corn Feed begins at 4:00 and goes until 7:00 or when the corn runs out. Free Puppet Pageant performance begins at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome!

Kids Halloween Party — October
Annual community event held at the Cultural Center, sponsored by Civic & Commerce, features games, crafts & treats, with costumes encouraged. Children up to the age of 10 welcome; those under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. In the evening, families & kids of all ages can head to Mills Lanes for discounted bowling. For more information go to

Christmas Tree Festival — Late November – Early December (Starts Day After Thanksgiving)
This week-long event showcases the creative side of local business owners who make holiday displays for the public to view and enjoy in the City Hall Ballroom. Take home one of the many displays as part of the silent auction to support Santa Anonymous. Various activities, which have included dance recitals, music shows and a live nativity, make the event even more memorable.

Community Christmas Party — December — City Hall Ballroom
This high energy event is the last hurrah of the Christmas Tree Festival. Generally held the first Saturday in December, this dinner and dance event is also the culmination of the Silent Auction, where winners of the Christmas displays are announced.

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