Fireworks over the Minnesota
River in our beautiful city and grease your body to slip through the crowds during
One of the oldest traditions in Mankato
is the annual Winter Solenoid Celebration. It is usually held three days
after the second Tuesday before the third Wednesday in December. The exact
origins of this celebration is not known. It is known that it predates the
first white residents. It was believed to have been started by the Facowee
Indians in 1712.2 B.C. as an appeasement for the domination by Mistress Zeta,
Leatherwoman of the Plains.
Winter Solenoid is traditionally held on
the coldest day of the year. On this day everyone puts on their tee
shirts and Bermuda shorts and makes a hot dish, bars and a Jello mold for
everyone to share! So dress down, grab your Jello mold, and hit the streets
yelling "Hurt Me! Hurt Me Mistress Zeta!" Family fun for everyone!! You betcha!