Madison is the county seat of Lac qui Parle County. An ambitious, fun-loving community (who else would celebrate “Stinker Days”?) right in the heart of the county, it is close to two of the region’s most renowned birding areas: Salt Lake to the southwest, and Marsh Lake and Lac qui Parle Lake to the north and east respectively.
The city of Madison boasts a rich heritage, and is the birthplace of Minnesota’s Poet Laureate and best-selling author, Robert Bly. The Lac qui Parle County Historical Center features many items from Bly’s youth as well as native artifacts, pioneer memorabilia, wildlife displays, Native American artifacts, the popular Ethel Mehlum Doll Collection and more. Madison is also the home of the county fair and features dirt track auto racing each weekend during the summer.
Madison’s own Lac qui Parle Players provide community theatre entertainment featuring local and national talent. This local community theatre troupe schedules performances in the Prairie Arts Center each season that showcase comedy, tragedy, music and dance.
Lutefisk Capitol of the USA
Don’t forget that Madison is the Lutefisk Capitol of the USA and home of “Lou T. Fisk” – you’ll be greeted by the 25-foot-long cod statue when you arrive in town via south Highway 75. Our Lutefisk Eating Champion Jerry Osteraas can eat eight pounds in one sitting! Come and take him on during the annual Norsefest celebration which is held the 2nd weekend in November. That event includes the Lutefisk Eating Contest which has been featured nationally on the Travel Channel, CBS Sunday Morning and other outlets.
Minnesota’s newest scenic byway, U.S. Highway 75, The Historic King of Trails, runs right through Madison tying this town to a corridor that runs from Winnipeg to the Gulf of Mexico.
Both Madison and nearby Boyd have several structures on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The longest running community festival in the entire United States, the annual Boyd Good Time Days Festival, is held every June.
In his numerous roles as groundbreaking poet, editor, translator, storyteller, and father of what he has called “the expressive men’s movement,” Bly remains one of the most hotly debated American artists of the past half century. What is it about Bly and his ideas that inspires such impassioned responses from readers and associates? The psychologist Robert Moore believes that “When the cultural and intellectual history of our time is written, Robert Bly will be recognized as the catalyst for a sweeping cultural revolution.” And literary critic Charles Molesworth suggests that some of Bly’s importance and complication lies in the fact that he “writes religious meditations for a public that is no longer ostensibly religious.”
The Lac qui Parle County Fair takes place each September in Madison, MN. With plenty of rides to live entertainment there is something for all ages. Be sure to check out the demo derby Saturday night followed by music in the beer gardens. The fair isn’t over Saturday night, be sure to check out the races Sunday night! Bring the kids for fun and enjoy the company of your neighbors and friends.