Gopher Count

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The Gopher Count is an annual community festival held in Viola, Minnesota, United States. Since 1874, the event has been on the third Thursday in June. Some the events include a parade, a tractor show, a nail-driving contest (women only), a pie-eating contest, fireworks, and dancing. Gopher Count is one year older than the Kentucky Derby.

The festival is named for the practice of collecting a bounty on killed gophers, still paid by the township as of 2009, though other aspects of the festival are more actively promoted.


  • Schuett, Dawn (2007-06-21). "At Viola festival, every gopher counts". Rochester Post-Bulletin. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-21.
  • Stern, Jane (1978). Amazing America. Random House. p. 298. ISBN 0-394-73410-6.

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Coordinates: 44°3′48″N 92°16′1″W / 44.06333°N 92.26694°W / 44.06333; -92.26694