Gladiolus Days is St. Charles annual festival in honor of the late Carl Fischer, who was the worlds leading hybridizer of new and distinctive gladiolus. He received numerous awards for his achievements, including the Society of the American Florists Gold Medal Award. He also received 80 awards for his “All American” varieties as well as the proven old timers. He established Noweta Gardens in 1945 and grew fields of Gladiolus in and around St. Charles for decades.

Gladiolus Days 2021, August 22-29

“We Will Bloom Again”

Congratulations to Ivan Daood for his 2021 Button Design

The Grand Parade

The Grand Parade is the jewel of the St. Charles festival which will be held Sunday, August 29th beginning at 1:00 p.m. It features over 200 floats from around the area and lots of candy for the kids!


Due to construction slated for various city streets and the current project at the high school, the parade route for the 2021 Gladiolus Days parade has been changed.  Please see the revised map below for the revised parade route.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we look forward to an excellent celebration. A special thank you to the Winona County Fairboard for allowing us to utilize the location for all of the vendors/events as well as for the parade lineup.

2021 Schedule of Events

(subject to change)

2021 Glad Days Schedule of Events  (click this link to view schedule)

There will be a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at this year’s Gladiolus Days for anyone who is interested. See flyer below.

What has been part of Gladiolus Days for over 10 years, has grown into one of the premier Tractor Show events of the area.  Featuring over 150 tractors from all brands and years, the collection of farming implement and specialty equipment is AMAZING!  The tractor show runs Friday to Sunday of Gladiolus Days and is held at the Winona County Fairgrounds.  With FREE parking, stop on in and tour the grounds and watch a real saw mill, or see how a real corn shredding machine works.

Check out the 30-plus craft and flea market vendors, sample some of the great food from area vendors, or check out the classic car show or area’s best in flat track motorcycle racing.  Fun for the whole family with inflatables, kids tractor driving, pedal pull, model train displays, an 1860s baseball game, petting zoo, music and SO MUCH MORE.  Click on the full schedule of events for days and times.

Event Prices

Gladiolus Days Pageant
(Sunday Night)

FREE With Button

Teen Dance
(Wednesday Night)

FREE With Button

Moose Lodge Comedy Show
(Thursday Night)

Advanced Tickets – $10.00
At the Door – $15.00

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Gladiolus Days Pageant Applications are due July 20th.

Teen Miss 2018

Teen Miss 2019

Left to Right:

  • 2018 1st Attendant – Anna Todd
  • 2019 Royalty – Emily Hursh
  • 2019 1st Attendant – Karly Rieke
  • 2019 Miss Gladiolus Days Queen – Taylin Andring
  • 2019 2nd Attendant – Mya Jones Clemens
  • 2019 Miss Congeniality – Hayley Burkholder
  • 2019 Royalty – Ryli Stangler
  • 2019 Royalty – Lilliana Hewit
  • 2018 Miss Gladiolus Days Queen – Sonia Howen

Junior Miss Pageant 2019

Left to right:

Front row: Peyton Lewis, Sarah Hursh, Paige Heaser

Back row: 2018 1st Attendant – Anna Todd, 2018 Queen – Sonia Howen, 2018 2nd Attendant – Emily Hursh, 2018 Miss Congeniality – Mya Jones

Little Miss Pageant 2019

Left to Right:

Front row: Kaitlin Jutz, Jordan Lewis, Brooklyn Jensen, Ariel Kieffer Hodge, Cheyenne Schultz, Kaylee Nelson, Esta Wright

Back row: 2018 1st Attendant – Anna Todd, 2018 Queen Sonia Howen, 2018 2nd Attendant – Emily Hursh, 2018 Miss Congeniality – Mya Jones