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Graceville is a city located on the stunning Toqua Lake, which Graceville celebrates every year with Toqua Days.The city also has a rich Irish history, since it was founded by Irish priests in the late 1800s. This means Graceville’s Saint Patrick’s Day celebration is not to be missed. Graceville is a city full of culture, and celebrations, as well as recreational activities.

Toqua Days

Toquatennial (Toqua) Days on the first weekend of July in 1988, the 110th Anniversary of the town’s founding. Events included the crowning of “Miss Toquatennial” (entrants limited to women who would be seniors at the high school), a “Medallion Hunt”, softball tournament, a Sunday evening ice cream social and drag competition (an apparent parade of past Miss Toquatennials), two street dances (a free “kiddie” dance on Friday night, and the Graceville Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser dance on Saturday night), and the Saturday morning “Graceville Gallop”, a six kilometer walk/run event that circles Toqua Lake.

The events culminated with a fireworks display at dusk on the Sunday evening over Toqua Lake. Events continued to be held annually on the first weekend of July or last weekend of June until the City Council was disbanded in 1998, but several local businesses and the Volunteer Fire Department have independently kept many of the events going every year, including the addition of a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and fire department “water fights”.​

Fishing Galore

Walleye season never closes

Big Stone Lake, on the South Dakota/Minnesota border, gets its name from the abundance of stone, rock, and boulders along the bottom of its 27-mile length. A mile in width and covering 12,600 acres, the lake is only 16 feet at its deepest point. It is a haven for walleyes and a must-fish destination for serious walleye anglers.

Don’s Alley 

Don’s Alley is a family-owned and operated business that has been serving the Graceville community for over 40 years.

The alley offers a cozy atmosphere that is perfect for a night out with friends or family. It has a full-service bar with a wide selection of drinks, including beer, wine, and cocktails. The bar also has big-screen TVs that show live sports games, making it a popular spot for sports enthusiasts.

It has six lanes with automatic scoring systems, making it easy for everyone to enjoy a game of bowling. The alley also organizes leagues and tournaments throughout the year, adding to the excitement. Don’s Alley also has a small arcade area that has a few classic games like Pac-Man and pinball machines. Overall, Don’s Alley is a great place to hang out with friends and family while enjoying some drinks, bowling, and arcade games.

Graceville Golf Course

This beautiful and well-maintained course offers a challenging yet enjoyable experience for golfers of all skill levels. The course features nine holes that offer unique challenges and require different strategies to conquer, including watered fairways. Golfers can expect to encounter narrow fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and undulating greens that test their accuracy and precision.This is a par 36 course with 3, 4, 5 per hole – yardage is 3,029. The course is open to the public and located next to Toqua Lake Park. There is cart and clubhouse rental available.

Rich in Spirit 

Graceville was founded in the 1870s by a colony of Catholics and named for Thomas Langdon Grace, the second Roman Catholic Bishop of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Holy Rosary Catholic Church is a beautiful and welcoming church located in the heart of Graceville, MN. With a rich history dating back to the early 1800s, this church has been a pillar of the community for generations. The first Catholic church built in Graceville was in 1879 and established the Church of St. Joseph and was incorporated into the Church of the Holy Rosary.

The original Church of the Holy Rosary was built in 1891 and destroyed by fire in 1895. The present church was constructed in 1897 with major renovations taking place during 1969-1975. The last high school graduation took place in 1959 and in 1969 the grade school was closed and is now being used for religious education classes, CCW, the KC’s, meeting rooms, our Parish Center and offices.


Toqua Lake 

Big Stone County Toqua park is located on Toqua Lake in Graceville, MN. There are 18 camp sites with 20/30/50-amp hookups. The park amenities include a playground, swimming beach, boat landing, two softball fields, volleyball court, basketball court, picnic shelters, bathroom/shower facility and dump site. The area provides some excellent hunting and fishing opportunities and has a golf course within walking distance.

Big Stone County Fair

The Big Stone County Fair in Clinton, MN is an annual event that brings together the entire community for a fun-filled week of entertainment, food, and activities. The fair is a celebration of the local culture and traditions, and it attracts visitors from all over the region.

At the fair, you can enjoy a variety of rides, games, and attractions for all ages. The fairgrounds are filled with vendors selling everything from delicious food to handmade crafts, and there is always something new to discover. One of the highlights of the Big Stone County Fair is the livestock exhibits. You can see some of the finest animals in the area, including cows, pigs, sheep, and goats. There are also horse shows, petting zoos, and other animal-related activities that are sure to delight animal lovers of all ages.

If you love music, you won’t want to miss the live performances from local artists to big names! The Big Stone County Fair is also a great place to learn about local history and culture. There are historical exhibits, demonstrations, and educational programs that give visitors a glimpse into the area’s past and present.