Sunday Shuttle Bus

1:45pm – 6:00pm

Relax & Ride! FREE Park & Ride shuttle service will be available on Sunday and will make stops at the following:

1. City parking lot at corner of 3rd & Walnut
2. DMV Office (Help Center) at 3rd & Cedar St
3. Middle School parking lot
4. Ellison Park at east end near log shelter building
5. East Bridge Park parking lot across from Walgreens

Shuttle Stop Map

Community Worship Service in Ellison Park


Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and find a spot in the shade. Enjoy the summer weather with this outdoor worship service in Ellison Park. Service will be held at the far west side of the park.

Ellison Park

Riverfest Parade

12 noon  (start time)


Join Us! Click here for a 2017 Riverfest Parade Application.  (Parade line-up at 11 am.  See Parade Official for assistance.)

Special Notes

The Riverfest Parade will feature bands plus a drum line group.
Do you have a convertible that can be used in the parade for Monticello Royal Ambassador candidates? Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 763.295.2700.

The Route

The parade starts on 3rd Street at the Monticello American Legion Club and heads East to Walnut Street. Then it will take a right on Walnut Street and head South until 6th Street. The Parade takes a right on 6th Street and heads West to Minnesota Street; there it turns South and ends on West 7th Street. NOTE:  Parade units will end at 7th Street West, near the area where they started.

Parade Route


The 4-H Club and the Sons of the American Legion will be passing out candy before the parade and accepting donations to the foodshelf. Come early to reserve your spot on the parade route, and bring plenty of sun screen. The weather is scheduled once again to be perfect!

Again, we are asking that both those riding in the parade and those attending the parade not spray water of any kind. We have had too many complaints and we risk losing parade participants if we continue to have water guns in the parade. We ask all parade attendees to help police this request.

We would like to have parade participates sign up early this year so we can mail them a notification of where they will line up in the parade. Get the Riverfest Parade Application today! This will hopefully cut down on the confusion at the beginning of the parade and make it easier for everyone riding in the parade. Participants should start lining up at 11:00 with a parade start at 12 noon.

To find out where parade units are to line up or if you have any questions, please feel free to call or email:

Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Ellison Park Celebration

2:00pm – 5:30pm

After the parade, head down to Ellison Park for the rest of the festivities!

Two shuttle buses will be provided from parade time until park events end.


The Monticello Boy Scouts will be serving lunch from 2 pm – 5 pm.  Come and have a picnic in the park with an old-fashioned hog roast catered by Von Hanson’s of Monticello!  Meal will include roasted pork sandwich (or pulled chicken) on homemade buns, potato salad, smoky baked beans, cole slaw, and assorted condiments and sauces.  Ticket prices remain the same as last year at $7 per meal – tickets can be purchased at the park.  Please no outside food and beverages.

And so much more!

Other concessions include hot dogs from Von Hansons’s Meats, snowcones, rootbeer floats, cookies and more.
CentraCare Wellness Van will be at the park.
Live Music by the “Moxie Blue” Band from 2 – 5 pm.
Kids games for all ages including carnival games and inflatables.
Bingo Tent – Everyone Welcome!
KRWC AM 1360 Radio Road Show.

Citizen of the Year

Presentation at 4:00 pm.  Come find out who will be honored as the 2017 Monticello Citizen of the Year!

Monticello Royal Ambassador Coronation

Presentation follows Citizen of the Year. Who will be crowned as the next Miss Monticello?

Duck Race

3:30 pm

Duck Race on the Mississippi River. The drop happens at 3:30 pm on the Hwy 25 bridge. Watch the race from the banks of the river in Ellison Park. Winners announced at 5:00 pm after the Royal Ambassador coronation.

Cash Prizes totaling up to $10,000 (based on donations received) to include:
1st place – $2,500
2nd – 6th place – $1,000
7th – 29th –  $100
Last duck – $100

More information about this event is posted on the Duck Race page.  (Also see the Duck Race page for the listing of winners after they are announced.)

Ellison Park

Contact Monticello Riverfest Committee: