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Running of the Meatballs

September 9, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Join us for the Running of the Meatballs during Scandia’s Taco Daze festival on the first Saturday after Labor Day.  Running of the Meatballs is our annual FUNdraiser. You purchase a meatball (really the number on a meatball), and then cheer your meatball on, as it rolls down Oakhill Road before the Taco Daze parade. You do not need to be present to win.

You can buy your meatballs ahead of time in the Gammelgården Museum of Scandia Butik, or you can buy them during Taco Daze until 3 pm, or until we run out.  Meatballs are $5 for 1, or $20 for 5.


1.  $500 Cash Card (Donated by Security State Bank)
2.  $300 Hallberg Marine Gift Card
3.  $100 Gas Gift Card (Donated by Libby Law)
4.  $100 Gift Card
5.  $100 Gift Card (Donated by ODIN, Ltd.)
6.  $100 Gift Card
7.  $75 Gammelgården Butik Gift Card
8. $75 Gammelgården Butik Gift Bag
9.  $50 Portrait of U.S. President ($50 value)
10.  $50 Gift Card (Donated by Security State Agency)
11. Last Ball: Meatballs and Swedish Mustard ($20 value)

You do need to be 18 years of age or older to purchase a meatball.  Come join us for the fun!



  • Sponsored by Gammelgården Museum, Scandia, MN. Proceeds will be used by Gammelgården Museum for building restoration projects.
  • Raffle tickets sold for this event include: one ticket for $5.00, five tickets for $20.00. Only one ticket purchase is required to enter the raffle. Each numbered raffle ticket corresponds to a numbered meatball.
  • Cash, check, or debit card accepted for the sale of tickets.
  • Persons under 18 years of age may NOT purchase a raffle ticket or win a prize.
  • Winning ticket holders need not be present to win.
  • All meatballs in the race will be released at the same time and have an equal chance of winning.
    The first 10 numbered meatballs to finish the race will win prizes 1 – 10 (as listed above) in the order finished. The last meatball to cross the finish line will receive prize number 11.
  • Substitution of prizes for cash or another type of merchandise or services is prohibited.
  • The race is officiated by judges. Spectators may watch but must not interfere with the release or running of the meatballs.
  • Winners will be contacted via phone, text, and email by 4:30 p.m. on the day of the race. A list of winners will be posted at Meisters, Scandia Market & Mercantile, Scandia Community Center, and Gammelgården Museum. Prizes may be picked up at Gammelgården Museum until 5:00 p.m. on the day of the race (September 9, 2023) or any time after the race day during business hours:
    Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Winners are responsible for any applicable fees or taxes.
  • HELPLINE for problem gambling: 1-800-333-HOPE.


September 9, 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm


September 9, 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm