Dawson, a community rich in Scandinavian heritage, is in the heart of Prairie Waters farmland. Whimsically known as “Gnometown USA,” you’ll find gnome statues located at the City Park along Highway 212 and at homes throughout the town. These gnomes are created by a local artist in honor of various members of the community. During Riverfest, held the last weekend in June, a new gnome is unveiled. The annual celebration also includes softball tournaments, music, food and fireworks.
The Lac qui Parle River flows through Dawson, creating a beautiful setting for the new riverside walking/biking trail. Dawson offers a great range of activities, including a 9-hole golf course and a disc golf course, a new beautiful outdoor swimming pool, relaxing parks, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, softball complex, picnic shelters and a playground. A ten-site campground with electrical hook-ups and water service is available near the swimming pool park. Unique shops and restaurants make a visit to Dawson worthwhile!
The Veteran’s Memorial Park offers a quiet, scenic camping and picnic area along with a beautiful walking trail which is approximately one mile long. During the summer months a Farmer’s Market is open at Veterans Park each Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Displayed at the swimming pool park are all the gnomes celebrating outstanding citizens from the community of Dawson. A kiosk is also located there with information in regards to each individual gnome