The Dakota County Historical Society will co-host the Fete de la Saint Jean Baptiste at the Sibley Historic Site in Mendota, Minn., on Sunday, June 23, 5-7 p.m. The Sibley Historic Site is located at 1357 Sibley Memorial Highway in Mendota, Minn.
Admission to the event is free of charge. The event is co-hosted by the Friends of the Sibley Historic Site and the French-American Heritage Foundation of Minnesota.
Traditionally, June 24 is the Feast of St. John the Baptist, a French-Canadian holiday celebrating the patron saint of Canada. To celebrate French-Canadian / American Heritage, this event will be held on the grounds of the Sibley Historic Site, where Jean Baptiste Faribault's house stands. Faribault was born in Quebec, Canada and worked at multiple fur posts around the Midwest before he settled in Minnesota around 1805.
On-site activities will include live music, costumed interpreters, children's games, an evening fire with marshmallow roasting, and stationed historical guides to answer your questions about the site or event. Please bring your own chairs and picnic basket to better enjoy everything this event has to offer.