NOTE: You are in the right spot! Most of your questions will be answered below and not require the need to send an email (but please do so if needed).
Q: I see that the Jesse James Bank Raid Re-enactment is a “Button Event”. How do I get buttons? Does this mean that if I do not have a button, I will not be able to see the show?
A: There are bleacher seats on the sidewalk across from the Re-Enactment. If you have a button, then you are allowed to use the bleachers, otherwise you are in the general crowd. During the celebration, buttons are available at the majority of businesses in Northfield and will be sold on the streets from volunteers in golf carts and at the Information Booth. The people checking the bleachers will also be selling them.
Q: How much are the buttons this year? Do Kids need one?
A: It’s still $4. Buttons are not available to order online or be shipped at this time. Children younger than the age of 5 do not need a button for “button events”.
Q: Can I win prizes with my button (and its number), raffle style?
A: For years we announced winning numbers that matched certain button numbers. We gave away prizes if your button number was drawn. Because of MN gambling laws and our non-profit status, we are not allowed to offer prize drawings are give aways any longer.
Q: Is there scheduled transportation between the celebration events?
A: Yes. Free bus service is available between the scheduled celebration events all day Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. Bus Route Map
Q: Where can we park for the celebration?
A: Each scheduled celebration event has different parking arrangements. For the most part, do not park where it is normally illegal to park or where signs are posted to that effect. There is usually ample parking within a short walking distance of each event.
Q: Are there designated Handicap Parking available?
A: Yes. All the parking along 5th Street, downtown, will be designated Handicap Parking during the celebration. There are Handcipap Reserved Parking at the Rodeo Site as well, right next to the ticket booth.
Q: What lodging is available in the area?
A: Please search the internet under zip code 55057 to research local lodging options. Note: It may be difficult to acquire lodging in the Northfield area during the celebration. Advance reservations are suggested.
Q: Where can we go for something to eat?
A: Bridge Square, where BINGO event is held, is your central point for refreshments during the celebration. At this location there is a wide variety of foods from many nationalities. At the Rodeo Site, a Western Style Steak Fry will be offered. Of course, any of the Northfield restaurants is a great choice.
Q: Who do I contact about having a food concession stand?
A: Contact Jon Klemenson 612-369-3635 (We are probably booked solid)
Q: Do you honor the criminal Jesse James with this celebration?
A: The celebration is held to honor the towns people who defeated the James / Younger gang. See the Historic Account of the Bank Raid or stop by the Historical Society Museum in Northfield for a complete historical accounting.
Q: How many years has the celebration been in existence?
A: Since 1948.
Q: How can I help with the celebration?
A: The celebration requires many resources. Volunteers can donate their time to help with the events. Businesses can donate money to sponsor and support the expenses incurred with the events. We are always in need of helping hands and organizers. Fill out a web form here if you’re interested.
Q: May I download, copy or use any of the site material, or sites related photo galleries?
A: Everything on this site and the linked photo galleries are the private property of the Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee and may not be used or disseminated without the express written consent of the DJJD Committee. If you are interested in using photos or any other site content, please contact us or the Northfield Historic Society. The DJJD Committee donates all of the photos to the Northfield Historic Society and can be re-printed or purchased through them.
Q: Can I get information on participation in one of the arts and craft shows during the event?
A: There are three different places for arts and craft exhibits during the celebration. All are managed independently and by non-DJJD committee organizers.
- NOTE: There will be no Arts & Crafts Fair at the Nfld Ice Arena this year! (2015)
- The second event is the Crafts show in Central Park. The event’s information is posted here.
- Finally we have the Fine Arts Riverfront Festival. This is hosted by the Northfield Arts Guild. Information can be found here.
- NOTHING at the Ice Arena this year (2015)
- Gingerbread Shows – Central Park Craft Fair. 651-457-8980
- Riverfront Festival – Northfield Arts Guild. 507-645-8877
Q: Is the term “Jesse James Days” (etc) under copyright? Can I use your logo?
A: This answer requires its own page. We’ve laid out specifics HERE!