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Published On: July 29th, 2020

ROCHESTER, MN. – The Rochester Honkers, in conjunction with Associated Bank and Hiawatha Homes, announced today that their originally scheduled Inaugural Craft Beer Festival for September 19 at Mayo Field will be postponed until 2021 to a date to be determined.

“The excitement that surrounded the announcement of this event back in early March had us setup to host a fantastic evening with our great partners at Associated Bank and Hiawatha Homes,” said Honkers general manager Jeremy Aagard.  Unfortunately, the effects of the pandemic of 2020 has put a damper on our planning temporarily and, thus, we will need to postpone this event until 2021.  We are looking forward to continuing our planning throughout this next off-season and are very excited to host a tremendous Craft Beer Festival next year.  Once we finalize that date for 2021, we will be happy to share that with everyone.”

The Honkers Craft Beer Festival was scheduled to take place on Mayo Field and will return next year with featured local and regional breweries.  Through the partnership with Associated Bank, a portion of ticket proceeds for 2021 will go to directly benefit Hiawatha Homes, a Rochester-based organization that provides support services to individuals with disabilities.

Crystal Landherr, the director of development and communications for Hiawatha Homes, shared in the excitement for the future event.  “We are grateful for the opportunity to join forces with the Rochester Honkers and Associated Bank. Although we won’t kick off in 2020, we are certain the event will be worth wait! It has been a pleasure to be a part of the planning efforts, and we look forward to watching guests raise a glass to good health in 2021.”

The Honkers will continue their 2020 home baseball campaign on Sunday, August 2, when they play host to the Willmar Stingers at 1:05 p.m. at historic Mayo Field. Tickets are available right now at or by calling the Honkers front office at 507-289-1170.


The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 230 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS).  As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmerman (DET) and Curtis Granderson.  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Honkers as your favorite team.