One week before Dew Days activity really starts to heat up, Darla Donnelly is feeling pretty cool.

The quirks of the calendar mean this year’s community celebration is earlier than usual, but Donnelly was ready to go.

“I think it’s going really well,” she said last week. “The Flavors (of Farmington) is bigger than ever. We’ve got more different restaurants.”

There will be 14 vendors in all at the event, at which area restaurants and other businesses provide samples of their food. Newcomers include the new BlueNose Coffee and Chik-Fil-A. Culvers and Family Fresh Market are back after a couple of years off.

Flavors of Farmington took place from 6 to 9 p.m. June 15.

Like the Flavors, the rest of Dew Days is a familiar framework decorated with some new features here and there. Bed races will still take over downtown streets on Friday night, and the Dew Run will still get people up and moving early Saturday. The barbecue rib cookoff will fill downtown with the smell of smoking meat throughout the day Saturday, and the Southern Dakota County Sportsmen’s Club will bring its fishing tournament back to Prairie View Park Saturday morning.

But as with the Flavors of Farmington, there will be some fresher things to get people’s attention. The bungee jump, which was a hit in its debut last year, will be back. And there will be new vendors lining the streets downtown.

One vendor Donnelly expects to be a big hit is a tattoo artist. She will give temporary tattoos in henna or glitter ink.

“She knocks it out of the park wherever she goes,” Donnelly said.

There will be live music to end the day both Friday and Saturday. Wasted Talent will play the beer garden stage Saturday night and The Dweebs will bring their high-energy show downtown Saturday. Donnelly expects both to draw big crowds.

Putting on an event like this is a lot of work. The Dew Days committee started planning this year’s event last August. But for Donnelly, who is in her sixth year as either chair or co-chair, it’s worth the effort.

“It’s very rewarding,” she said. “People do like it once they get down there and sit down and relax. I think it’s gotten to be a well-oiled machine.”

For more information on Dew Days, look for the special section included with last week’s Independent Town Pages. For a full schedule of events visit