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Restored Tilt-a-Whirl Car Comes Home

Restored Tilt-a-Whirl Car Comes Home

Restored Tilt-a-Whirl Car

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Nort Johnson
Faribault Area Chamber Of Commerce and Tourism
503 Wilson Avenue
Faribault, MN 55021

Restored Tilt-a-Whirl Car Comes Home

Faribault-made Icon Rebuilt by American Restoration to be Commemorated

Faribault, MN: Faribault Mayor John Jasinski announced today that a ceremony will take place on June 18th at 3:00 PM in Downtown Faribault to unveil an historic, locally made car from the popular Tilt-a-Whirl carnival ride. This particular car has gained notoriety after being the subject of a History Channel episode of American Restoration last season. Stars from the show Rick and Kelly Dale will be on hand to help in celebrating the permanent placement on the corner of Central Avenue and First Street NW, located in heart of the state’s largest non-metro historic district. The car will be a permanent fixture serving as a visitor photo prop and historic information marker.

Jasinski shared “This has been in the works for some time, several citizens and businesses worked together to make this interactive Icon become a reality in our downtown.   Great job to everyone involved!!”   “The restored car will certainly add an historic and fun element to our already popular Downtown” added Nort Johnson, Director of Community Marketing.

Herbert Sellner invented the Tilt-A-Whirl in 1926, at his Faribault, Minnesota, home. The first 14 Tilt-A-Whirls were built in Herbert’s basement and yard. In 1927 the ride debuted at the Minnesota State Fair. Tilt-A-Whirl and other rides continued to be manufactured at the iconic Faribault facility until the company was sold in 2011. Sellner is also credited with inventing the first waterslide in 1923.

The American Restoration episode entitled, “Boy Meets Whirl,” highlighted the restoration of an individual ride “car,” which was donated by Harley’s Auto Salvage in Faribault. The piece was donated with the stipulation that it would be used as a tourist attraction. Local business people Tami Schluter, of the Historic Hutchinson House B&B, and Peggy Keilen, of Faribo Air Conditioning & Heating initiated the project. “This has been an idea floating around Faribault for a long time,” said Keilen “it was just a matter of securing a car.” Once they had the car in their possession, Schluter e-mailed the show’s producer in New York. “I sent an e-mail late on a Thursday evening and the show’s producer called the next morning to say they were “very excited” about the project”.

The celebration is appropriately taking place during the annual Heritage Days Festival. Refreshments will be served at the ceremony and the Mayor’s Reception will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Alexander’s, also located in the Historic Downtown.

For more information:


Nort Johnson
Faribault Chamber of Commerce and Tourism


Tami Schluter
Historic Hutchinson House B&B
305 NW 2nd Street Faribault, MN 55021

History Channel and to arrange interviews/appearances with Rick and Kelly Dale

Kelly Dale
Rick’s Restorations
Preferred contact via e-mail:

Top 10 Things that Happend for Tourism in Faribault for 2012

10. Finally a Gift Store Opens
Don’t let the name fool you, there were many other places in Faribault you could buy lovely gifts. However, this unique store in downtown Faribault  owned by Jana Viscomi who also owns Bernies Grill/Vintage ballroom & Suites ( which is right across the street, has those local Faribault items that have long been a void here. So next time you visit Faribault, go to Finally a Gift Store and pick up some great gift items for friends and family – and get a Faribault sweater for you!

9.  The Announcement of the return of the Faribault Area Balloon Rally & Airfest!
After the 2009 Faribault Balloon Rally & Airfest, which was by far the most successful and best show ever put on in its 25 year history, major construction projects happend at the Faribault Airport.  These construction projects greatly effected the areas of the airport where the show happend, including the field where the parking area was.  With no parking for thousands of cars and no place the FAA would allow a show to be put on, it was just impossible to hold a show at the airport.  The Airfest Board considered having a show in another part of town, but worried about “a watered” down event after the success of the 2009 show.  Keep an eye on this webpage for more information about the Airfest which will be held on September 13 & 14 2013.

8. Faribault enjoys the biggest year ever for large bus groups visiting Faribault.
Coach buses came – and they kept coming!  A total of 26 buses/large groups came to Faribault in 2012 which our Tourism office asssisted with.  Where did they go in Faribault?  They went to: The Cheese Cave, Paradise Center for the Arts, Shopping downtown Faribault, Schools for the Deaf & Blind, Cathedral of our Merciful Saviour, Woolen Mill, Ivan Whillock Studio, Alexander Faribault House, Rice County Historical Museum, Faribault Energy Park, Roberds Lake Resort, Shattuck St. Mary’s School, Donahues Greenhouse, Faribault Farmer Seed & Nursery to name just a few!  Many of the groups also did drive-by history tours.  We are looking forward to another great year in 2013 and even some bus overnights!




7. Brand New Visitor Guide and Map for Faribault!
We spent a lot of time in 2012 creating and perfecting a new Faribault Map and Visitor Guide.  We are really proud of it, you can view it on this website – or request a paper copy of it to be sent directly to you by going to the “Contact” link.

6. Faribault has very successful year with local Events.
Faribault once again hosted the State BBQ competition at the Rice County Fairgrounds in May, the Heritage Celebration in June made it all 4 days with very little rain, the Rice County Fair was held in July to with big crowds, August saw the Blue Collar BBQ and Art Fair which is increasing in its popularity every year and in October the Downtown hosted the Fall Festival and Chili competition.

5. Trippin with Perk visits Faribault!
Eric Perkins from KARE-11 the NBC station out of Minneapolis St. Paul visited Faribault in February for a segment called, “Trippin with Perk.”  The segment had so much great stuff that Faribault had to offer, they couldn’t show it all on their 10pm broadcast.  To see the whole piece, you had to go to the KARE-11 website – you can also view the finished product down below.

4. Paradise Center for the Arts has successful year of shows.
One of the biggest tourism hot spots in Faribault is the beautiful Paradise Center for the Arts.  This year the theater was booked with great entertainment nearly every week of the year.  During 2012 the Paradise was proud to host comedians Louie Anderson, Kevin Meaney, Scott Hanson, Jim Wiggins, Dan Cole and C. Willi Myles.  There was music from Boss Grant & the Johnny Cash Revue, Best of Broadway, Red Rock Canyon and the Sounds of the Season.  Theater performances were huge for the Paradise this year, the Merlin Players showcased “The Last Five Years,” “A Year with Frog and Toad,” and “Nunsense.” The Paradise Community Theater did “Noises Off,” “Into the Woods,” “The Car,” and the most attended play in the history of the Paradise, “Willy Wonka.”


3. It was a GREAT year to be near or on a Faribault Lake.
Because of such an early Spring (75 degrees on March 18!) and a late Fall (75 degrees on Thanksgiving!) there were plenty of oppotunities to visit one of Faribault’s 10 nearby lakes to see a view like this:

2. Sakatah State Trail was paved/widened and expansion of city trails.
The trails around Faribault have always been one of our best assets and 2012 was a great year for those bikers, walkers and rollerbladers who enjoy them.  Even though we are blessed with the River Bend Nature Center, 750 acres of trails right in the city limits – many people head for the flat Sakatah State Trail which lets them pass by lakes & prairies while visiting quaint towns.  Faribault is the hub of the Sakatah State Trail that goes 39-miles to Mankato, so we see many people from around the State come to Faribault to start their journey.  Now with the trail getting a smooth makeover along with some new bridges, we plan on seeing lots more folks coming to Faribault.



1. The Faribault Woolen Mill Back in Production – Opens a new Retail Store
So technically both of these things happend in 2011.  However, full production at the Mill didn’t kick in until 2012 and while there was a small retail store at the factory – the remodeled new version opened in the Spring of 2012.  And it was in 2012 that the Faribault Woolen Mill went National with news of their “Made in America” message on all of the major TV networks.  Just last month Esquire magazine listed the Mill in its list of “Great American Things.”  All of Faribault benefits when a Historic Business like the Faribault Woolen Mill is open because so many people from around Minnesota and the world are familiar with the name and brand.  And it seems like most of them came to Faribault in 2012 to buy a piece of history they thought might be gone forever in 2010.

What to Do in Faribault, MN

Paradise Marquee at Dusk

Are You Ready to Experience Faribault?

Faribault is a city full of great experiences. We think visitors are often surprised at the choices available to them in Faribault. Faribault is set along the beautiful Lake Country of southern Minnesota. The Faribault area serves as a perfect backdrop for a refreshing vacation or family outing. The relaxed lifestyle and picturesque surroundings draw many people to Faribault. Whether it is our lakes, history, shopping or recreation, they all combine to make Faribault a perfect place to visit.

River Bend Nature CenterFaribault has 10 miles of walking/biking trails and is the hub for both the Sakatah state trail and the soon to be completed Mill Towns Trail. Visit River Bend Nature Center and you’ll be delighted by the trails and programs offered. Faribault also has 3 golf courses, a BMX Track, archery, horse shoes, softball, baseball, paintball course and one of the best Aquatic Centers in the area.



alexander park

Alexander Park Complex

2nd Avenue & 20th Street NW

Faribault’s largest park on the banks
of Faribault Lake


Archery Indoor Range

Located at the Rice County Fairgrounds

bmx tracks

BMX Track

South Alexander Park
1010 7th Avenue NW

Buckham Library

Buckham Memorial Library

11 Division Street E
(507) 334-2089

Central Park Bandshell

Central Park Bandshell

2nd Ave NW – Hosts Thursday evening
Summer Concert Series and Faribault Heritage Celebration in mid-June.

faribault park and recreation

Community Center Pool & Recreation Center

Faribault Parks & Rec Department – Gym, pool, weight room.
15 Division Street E
(507) 334-2064

wapacuta disc golf

Disc Golf

Wapacuta Park
2nd Avenue SW
*Also at Camp Faribo & Camp Maiden Rock

Faribault Trails

Faribault City Trails

8.4 miles of paved city trails that are perfect
for an afternoon trip through the historic
downtown or an evening walk along the Cannon or Straight Rivers.

faribault energy park

Faribault Energy Park

4100 Park Avenue
Walking trails, fishing pond open to the public
(507) 331-4791

faribault Aquatic Center

Faribault Family Aquatic Center

North Alexander Park
(507) 334-2064

faribault golf club

Faribault Golf Club

1700 17th Street NW
(507) 332-0372

faribault ice arena

Faribault Ice Arena

North Alexander Park
(507) 332-0372

horseshoe pits

Horseshoe Pits

South Alexander Park

J&J bowling center

J&J Bowling Center

1802 4th Street NW
(507) 334-3262

legacy golf course

Legacy Golf Course

1515 Shumway Avenue
(507) 332-7177

bike rental

Rent a Bike in Faribault

Faribault Rental
504 Wilson Avenue

(507) 334-8440

Adult, women’s & kid’s bikes available along with
the option for a Burley bike trailer. Daily and weekly rentals available.
Open daily Mon-Sat until 5pm, Sundays 9am-1pm.

Historical Museum

Rice County Historical Society/Museum

1814 2nd Avenue NW
(507) 332-2121
Founded in 1926 with the mission of
“discovery, preservation and dissemination
of the knowledge of the history of Rice County
and the State of Minnesota.”

River Bend Nature Center

River Bend Nature Center & Interpretive Center

1000 Rustad Road
(507) 332-7151

750 acres of woods, prairies, rivers and ponds.
10 miles of hiking and biking trails make bird
watching and flower excursions a must in Faribault.

Download/Print RBNC Trail Map Guide

Faribault Trails

Sakatah Singing Hills Trail
(White Sands Trail Head Facility)

900 Lyndale Avenue

45 miles of paved trail with a new trail head
facility. Plenty of parking and easy access to the
state trail will have you enjoying nature within minutes.

straight river golf course

Straight River Golf Course

23442 Cates Avenue
(507) 334-5108

18 hole public golf course with a great combination
of an executive and par 3 course.

tennis courts

Tennis Courts

Faribault Middle School
704 17th St SW

Faribault High School
330 9th Ave SW

faribault woolen millsFaribault Woolen Mills

(Tours on Thursdays)
(507) 412-5534

For many generations, the Faribault Woolen Mill Company has grown and thrived as a business. Since 1865,the year Lincoln died and the Civil War ended, the Woolen Mill has played a part in history, whether its blankets
traveled in covered wagons with the frontier movement West, covering our troops during the war years, or providing warmth for those in need, Faribault blankets and woolen products have been woven into the fabric of American history.
The Woolen Mill retail store offers Faribault balnkets, throws, scarves and accessories, as well as mill seconds and special runs.

CathedralCathedral of Our Merciful Savior

(Tours Available)
(507) 334-7732

The “cathedral idea” was in the air at the time Henry Benjamin Whipple became Minnesota’s first Episcopal bishop in 1859. According to Whipple, this was the first Episcopal church in the US to be built as a cathedral. Built 1862 – 1869,
it is the oldest cathedral in Minnesota. The architect was James Renwick, Jr. who also designed St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and the Smithsonian Institution Building in Washington, D.C.

Paradise marquee at night

Paradise Center for the Arts

(Open to the Public)
Paradise Center for the Arts Schedule

Built in 1929 on the site of the former Faribault Opera House, the Paradise was recently renovated. Originally built to seat 915, the Paradise has been altered to seat 300. The remainder of the building has become a multipurpose art center with an exhibition gallery, classrooms, and retail space, with fully restored facades in the lobby.

farmers seed and nurseryFarmers Seed and Nursery

(Open to the Public)
(507) 334-8214

Farmer Seed & Nursery has all the seeds, bulbs, perennials  and ornamentals to make our yard and garden more beautiful.
Each year new and exciting varieties and values are added to tried and true favorites. Celebrating 126 years in Faribault.

rice county historical societyRice County Historical Society

(Open to the Public)

The Rice County Historical Society was founded in 1926 as an outgrowth of the Old Settlers Association, formed in 1874.
It’s mission is to “collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Rice County and the State of Minnesota.” The museum contains a collection of objects, images and artifacts, ranging from pre-history to present day.

alexander faribault houseAlexander Faribault House

(Tours Available)

The Alexander Faribault House, built in 1853, was the first wood-frame house built in Rice County, Minnesota. It was built by fur trader Alexander Faribault in the Greek Revival style.

Shattuck - St. Mary'sShattuck – St. Mary’s School

In 1858, the Rev. Dr. James Lloyd Breck established the Episcopal mission school and seminary from which Shattuck
St. Mary’s School has developed and prospered. In the last decade, SSM has attracted national attention in areas the
school refers to as “Centers of Excellence,” namely ice hockey, soccer, figure skating, golf, and the arts.

the cheese cavesThe Caves of Faribault & The Cheese Cave

(507) 334-5260

In 1854 a German immigrant named Gottfried Fleckenstein began using the natural sandstone caves along the Straight River for brewing and storing beer. The largest natural cave (still in use today) was enlarged in 1936, then entirely new
caves were hand hewn from the sandstone rock beginning in 1938. Home of Americas first cave-aged Blue Cheese – St. Petes Select and Amablu.

minneota state academies for deaf and blindMinnesota State Academies for the Deaf & Blind

Minnesota became a state on May 11, 1858. In that year, during the session of the first state legislature, definite action
was taken looking toward the establishment of a school for the deaf children of Minnesota. The Honorable George E. Skinner,
one of Faribault’s representatives in the state legislature, asked that a  “deaf and dumb asylum” be located in Faribault.
The legislature decided that this institution should be located in Faribault if the citizens of the town would provide 40 acres
of land within two miles of town for a site. The academies are still in operation today and are highly respected centers
for education.

Donahues greenhouseDonahue’s Greenhouse

(Open to the Public)
(507) 334-7156

Donahue’s has over one hundred thirty varieties of climbing Clematis vines. It is the most complete list anywhere. Donahues
Spring retail store is unbelievable. While it might be raining outside, the amazing colors inside are remarkable to witness first

Ivan Whillock wood carvingIvan Whillock Woodcarving Studio

(507) 339-0336

Ivan Whillock did his first wood carvings at the age of twelve in his father’s furniture shop. He received his art degree in
1959 and has studied with sculptor Angel Lillo, and master carver Eduardo Gutierrez. Ivan’s Wood sculpture, bronze statues,
and reliefs can be found in churches, businesses and private collections around the world.


Faribault Area Lakes

Our 10 area lakes and two rivers create the scene for fishing, boating, canoeing, restful walks by the water and even hearing some fish stories while at a local resort.

John’s Bait and Tackle

19826 Roberds Lake Blvd
(507) 332-6787
GPS: 44.300003,-93.31226

Lake Country Convenience and Bait

15090 Shieldsville Blvd.
(507) 334-9711
GPS: 44.377428, -93.425243

Nagel’s Live Bait

2030 7th Street NW
(507) 334-8341
GPS: 44.297379, -93.299559

cannon lakeCannon Lake

Acreage: 1593
Depth: 15 ft.
Species: Walleye, Yellow Perch, Crappie

cedar lake

Cedar Lake

Acreage: 804
Depth: 42 ft.
Species: Walleye, Crappie, Lg. Mouth Bass

fox lake

Fox Lake

Acreage: 308
Depth: 47 ft.
Species: Walleye, Crappie

french lake

French Lake

Acreage: 816
Depth: 56 ft.
Species: Walleye, Crappie, Sunfish

hunt lake

Hunt Lake

Acreage: 160
Depth: 27 ft.
Species: Crappie, Sunfish, Northern Pike

kelly-dudley lake

Kelly-Dudley Lake

Acreage: 125
Depth: 60 ft.
Species: Lg. Mouth Bass, Crappie, Sunfish

mazaska lake

Mazaska Lake

Acreage: 685
Depth: 50 ft.
Species: Crappie, Sunfish, Lg. Mouth Bass

roberds lake

Roberds Lake

Acreage: 625
Depth: 43 ft.
Species: Walleye, Crappie, Sunfish

shields lakeShields Lake

Acreage: 827
Depth: 42 ft.
Species: Walleye, Crappie, Northern Pike

wells lake

Wells Lake

Acreage: 634
Depth: 4 ft.
Species: Walleye, Yellow Perch, Crappie