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The Only Black Earth in the World!

That’s the official motto for the Village of Black Earth, named in the 1850s for its rich, loamy soil. Black Earth is surrounded by unglaciated bluffs that are plush and green throughout the summer, alight with color in the fall, and stunning when capped with snow. The village is home to a variety of businesses, a restored train depot that now acts as a museum, a vibrant local newspaper and the Black Earth Creek, a class one trout stream.

Starting in June, the popular Concerts in the Park series get underway in Black Earth’s Veteran’s Memorial Park, located right in the middle of town. The Black Earth Chamber of Commerce and TDS Telecom, the local telephone company, join forces to hire local professional bands who give Tuesday night concerts for six weeks, through the month of July. The music ranges from bluegrass and celtic to country and rock, and there’s always plenty of food. In early August, Black Earth relives the tradition of the farming community’s pre-harvest celebration with Field Days on Friday night, which includes family-oriented activities all weekend and live music in the beer tent Saturday night.

The fun continues through Sunday with the annual Field Days parade and more live music. Kickball and washer tournaments help participants and fans alike work up a thirst, and there’s plenty of booth games and rides for the kids.

Read more about the history of the Black Earth area.