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 2020 has been CANCELLED 

Congratulations to Cheyenne Boynton for her 2020 Button Design

(image coming soon)

The Grand Parade


The Grand Parade is the jewel of the St. Charles festival which will be held Sunday, August 25th beginning at 1:00 p.m. It features over 200 floats from around the area and lots of candy for the kids!

Parade Route

Application Forms

Online Registration


(subject to change)

2019 Gladiolus Days Schedule of Events

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 & Monday Night)

FREE With Button

Teen Dance – “Music on Wheels”
(Wednesday Night)

FREE With Button

FFA Comedy Show
(Thursday Night)

Advanced Tickets – $10.00
At the Door – $15.00

Prairie Fire Children’s Theater – “Midsummer Night’s Dream”
(Friday & Saturday)

Adults – $5.00
Students – $3.00
Preschool – Free

AMA Sanctioned Flat Track Motorcycle Racing (Grand Stand Only)

FREE With Button

The Looney Lutherans (Family Fun Show)
(Saturday Night)

$6.00 – Age 12+
$4.00 – Ages 5-12
Free – Under 5

Street Dance – “Diesel Drive”
(Saturday Night)

FREE With Button

Congratulations to our 2019 Gladiolus Days Pageant contestants!

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