60th Annual Nickle Dickle Day
September 18 | 8AM-5PM

The 60th Annual Nickle Dickle Day is slated for September 18 with the Nickle Dickle Eve Street Dance on September 17. Nickle Dickle Day is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Waconia Chamber. There is still time for you to support this community festival!

The Chamber Pop Booth is the exclusive vendor of beverages at Nickle Dickle Day. If you or your organization would like to volunteer in the Pop Booth, click the link below. Wear your logo-wear and have direct interaction with the community. Promote yourself, your business, or your organization while helping the Chamber fundraise!
Nickle Dickle Eve Street Dance

Friday, September 17 | 7PM
Main Street & Vine Street

Tickets are on sale now to the Nickle Dickle Eve Street Dance featuring IV Play! Presale tickets are $8 or $10 at the gate. 21+ only event.
Tickets available at Mackenthun's Fine Foods, Waconia Brewing Company, or Waconia Chamber office. 
Welcome New Members
Frozen Five Ice Creamery

Nick Hillesheim
8 W 1st Street
Waconia, MN 55387
Ice Cream Shop

Waconia Center for Dance Arts

Rachel Bonkoungou
141 West 1st Street Suite 300
Waconia, MN 55387
Dance Studio

A Message from the Chamber President
Nickle Dickle Day Celebrates 60 Years!

by Christine Fenner
President, Waconia Chamber of Commerce
The Waconia Chamber of Commerce’s Nickle Dickle Day turns 60! What originally began as an end-of-the-summer closeout shopping day has turned into Waconia’s largest celebration (and still includes shopping deals). You won’t want to miss all that the day has to offer!

Medallion Hunt - This is the 27th Annual Medallion Hunt! The winner of this year’s hunt will be announced at the Gazebo in City Square Park at noon.

Street Dance - Come see the band IV Play perform for the 3rd Annual Street Dance on Nickle Dickle Eve: Friday, September 17! Pick up your tickets at Mackenthun’s, WBC, or the Chamber office. Commemorative 60th Annual Nickle Dickle Day hats and can koozies will also be available.

Arts & Crafts Show - Saturday 8AM-5PM in City Square Park. There will be 120 craft booths, with bands playing in the gazebo. Continue reading...
Ambassador Visits & Ribbon Cuttings
Lelch Audio Video
5600 Excelsior Blvd, Ste 201, St. Louis Park

Lelch Audio Video provides commercial and residential solutions for smart home automation, lighting design, tv, audio, security surveillance, and more! Based out of St. Louis Park, Lelch Audio Video services the entire metro and surrounding area and will even go out-of-state for projects!
Soulful Smoothies
44 W. 1st Street , Waconia

Soulful Smoothies opened the doors in downtown Waconia in July. They offer smoothies, smoothie bowls, salads, wraps, and snacks with gluten free and dairy free options. Soulful Smoothies is open Monday-Saturday, closed on Sundays.
Skin Professionals West
582 Cherry Drive, Waconia

Skin Professionals West is a medical dermatology practice in Waconia. Dr. Darabi sees patients of all ages to diagnose and treat disorders of the skin, nails, and hair. Dr. Darabi offers same-day appointments and can also perform outpatient surgeries right in his practice!
Waconia Baseball Association
Waconia Lions Field

The Waconia Chamber Ambassadors performed a ribbon cutting with the Waconia Baseball Association to celebrate the new deck at Waconia Lions Field! The deck was fully funded with donations from the Waconia Lions.

Along with Chaska and Hamburg, Waconia is hosting the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament. The tournament started August 20 and wraps up this weekend with the championship on September 6.

For the full schedule of games, visit WCH2021.com.
Member News and Happenings
Volunteer at the State Amateur Baseball Tournament
September 3-6
Waconia Lions Field
One more shout out for the upcoming CHAMPIONSHIP Weekend for the Amateur State Baseball Tourney! We still have a few volunteer slots to fill. The Sign-Up Genius has tabs on the top to find a time slot/position that would be a good fit for you & your family, a group of you, your friends, neighbors. 
THANK YOU to many of you who volunteered the past two weekends! Volunteers will receive FREE admission and an $8.00 voucher to be used on food or beverages! Did we mention CHAMPIONSHIP weekend… FREE admission?  
September Coffee Connection
September 2, 7:30AM-9:00AM
Hoxie Homes & Remodeling
364 Industrial Boulevard (New location!)
Network and connect! We'd love to hear what's new with you and your business. Coffee and a light snack will be served. No need to register. Stop in for as long as your schedule allows.
FREE! Hope to see you there!
Laketown Home & Garden 1st Anniversary
September 4, 8AM-5PM
Laketown Home & Garden
24 1st St W, Waconia
We will have live entertainment, grilling competition, face painter/balloon animals, brewery beer sampling, ice cream cart, farmers market...way too much fun to miss!

There are 8 more spots available for our 1st Annual Grill Competition on September 4 from 10 to 5. Meats are ribs and chicken. First place receives an incredible basket full of products from all the area businesses, 2nd place gift certificate to Mackenthun's, 3rd place gift certificate to the Garage Bar & Bowl!
Elite Nutrition
Wellness Workshop: Meal prep like a pro
September 8, 8PM via Zoom
Learn how to meal prep like a pro. What containers to use, good recipes, how not to get bored, what to buy, and more. Contact Elite Nutrition to register: 952-442-1194.

Elite Nutrition Fitness Tri
October 2, 9AM
 Join us for a Fitness Tri on October 2 with a boot camp, one mile walk/run, and cooldown/stretch. Order your pre and post workout by September 10 to receive a t-shirt. Contact Elite Nutrition to register: 952-442-1194.
9/11 20th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony
September 11, 3:30PM
Waconia Fire Station
On behalf of Waconia, Mayer, Norwood Young America, and Cologne fire departments, we are inviting fire departments, fire fighters, EMS, Police & 1st Responders to join our September 11th, 20th Anniversary Remembrance Celebration. This will be a non-truck event, followed by a walking parade to the Waconia Fire Station from City Square Park. Class A or Department Uniforms requested, along with department flags and stands.

Public Ceremony
The public is welcomed to join at 3:30PM for a ceremony and community meal at Waconia Fire Station. **The ceremony at City Square Park is not open to the public.**
Mystic Fortress Games Celebrates Two Years
September 14, 5PM
City Square Park, Waconia
Join us as we celebrate our second anniversary at City Square Park in Waconia, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14th. We'll enjoy an evening connecting with you, our customers. We will announce our grand prize winner for the coming year (you know, the person who gets the 14% off discount card that's good until the eve of our next anniversary), we'll share some updates about our t-shirt contest and growth plans, and there will be cake!
While there are some picnic tables at the park, consider bringing chairs or a picnic blanket if you'd like to hang out a while. I think there's a slight chance we might have some games available to play
Waconia Young Professionals
September 15, 5PM
Schram Vineyards
8785 Airport Road
The next Waconia Young Professionals event is scheduled for September 15 at Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery. For more information on Waconia Young Professionals, email Abby K!
MidCounty Bank Salute to our Communities
September 17, 11AM-1:30PM
200 E. Frontage Rd, Waconia
Stop in your local MidCountry Bank branch for food and fun! Gift certificate drawings to local businesses. In-branch giveaways. New customer product specials. Papa Murphy's Pizza, cookies, and refreshments. 
Waconia Hockey Association
The WHA is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization dedicated to providing a fun and educational ice hockey experience for area youth. We continue to experience growth; we currently serve over 220 families and their players in Waconia and surrounding communities.
Our sponsors help us achieve our mission. Sponsorship contributions help maintain our program, make the game of hockey more accessible and affordable, enhance our player’s experiences, and strengthen our community. 
Contact sponsorship@waconiahockey.org on next steps to sponsor the WHA!
Facebook: @waconiahockey
Twitter: @hockeywaconia
Instagram: Waconia Hockey Association
60th Annual Nickle Dickle Hats For Sale!
Get your 60th Annual Nickle Dickle Day hat to celebrate 60 years of a great community event! The hats are on sale at Mackenthun's Fine Foods and the Waconia Chamber office.
The hats are $25 and available in two colors/styles!
September Chamber Luncheon Canceled
Due to rising COVID-19 numbers and to protect the safety of the students, the September Luncheon scheduled to be indoors at Crown College is canceled.

However, all chamber members are invited to join us on October 28 at 10AM when the Chamber Ambassadors will perform an outdoor ribbon cutting on Crown College’s new patio space and to meet the new Crown College President, Dr. Andrew Denton. 
Upcoming Chamber Events
Waconia Scarecrow Tour

October 14-24, 2021
All around Waconia
Host a Scarecrow!
Hosting is a chamber member benefit. Your business will be listed on the map/ballot. This is an excellent opportunity to increase community awareness as to your location. Host a Scarecrow for $50 for cooperative marketing and prizes. Contact the Chamber office to host.

Create a Scarecrow!
This is a great team-building opportunity or you can partner with a group that does not have their own brick-and-mortar location to create a scarecrow.
Grand Prize Winner 2020: 
"Join the Ride with Laketown Pride"
created by Laketown Elementary
People's Choice Winner 2020:
"Building Dreams...1 Piece at a Time"
created by SunnyDays Therapy
Chamber Calendar - September 2021
SEPTEMBER 2 Coffee Connection, 7:30-9AM @Hoxie Homes & Remodeling
SEPTEMBER 8 Board of Directors Meeting, 11:30-1PM @City Hall
SEPTEMBER 9 Retail Meeting, 8AM @City Hall
SEPTEMBER 16 Ambassadors Meeting, 8:45AM @City Hall
SEPTEMBER 17 Nickle Dickle Eve Street Dance, 7PM @Main & Vine Streets
SEPTEMBER 18 60th Annual Nickle Dickle Day, 8AM-5PM @Downtown Waconia
Friday Facts is a publication of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce