Annual Events

Ashby Legacy Fund, a community-led foundation, strives to make Ashby, Minnesota, a special place to live for generations to come. This includes our focus on fostering community via a variety of annual events that take place in the community each year.


Staff Appreciation Event

In an opportunity to thank the Ashby School Staff for the amazing work they do each year; the School Team hosts a staff appreciation. They have had a luncheon and they have updated the staff lounge. Our staff goes above and beyond each year and helps with student fundraisers and this is our opportunity to say thank you.

Appreciation Days

Ashby’s annual festival is held the third weekend in July and is rooted in a long tradition of area businesses expressing their “appreciation” to their community and customers. Over the years, this has grown to a weekend full of free activities for the whole family sponsored by the ALF, including an outdoor movie in the park, 5K/10K race, kiddie parade, live music and lunch in the park, petting zoo, large inflatable kids’ activities, and parade. There are also many events hosted by other area organizations and businesses during this fun-packed weekend.

Day of Caring

Day of Caring is held the end of May each year. Students and Staff spend the day beautifying Ashby and helping out the Community. Examples of projects are: painting curbs, cleaning parks, washing business windows, yard clean-up for the elderly, painting fire hydrants, trail and lake access clean-up, washing busses & fire trucks and helping local business with various tasks.


Appreciation Days 5K, 10K, and Family Fun Run

Held during the Appreciation Days weekend, the annual Ashby 5K, 10K, and Family Fun Run is a chip-timed race with over 200 participants. With the generous support of event sponsors, this has grown into fun event and an important fundraiser for the ALF. In 2021, the race will take place on July 17th.

Red, White, and Blue Parade

The Red, White, and Blue Parade is an annual event held before the 4th of July that was first started by Benson’s Daycare. Everyone is asked to dress in their favorite red, white and blue colors. Kids decorate bikes, wagon, etc. and have a Kiddie Parade down Main Street. The parade ends in the City Park and is followed by a free-will offering meal, with proceeds going toward updating and installing playground equipment in the City Park. Emily Hohman is the current director of this event.