July 28, 1960: Forget all the summer festivals you know. Forget Eagan Funfest, Rosemount Leprechaun Days, even Lakeville Pan-O-Prog.
Welcome to Ridiculous Days in Farmington, which in 1960 the Dakota County Tribune reported was expected to be "the zaniest and craziest Ridiculous Days in history."
The main event behind Ridiculous Days was two days of "plain honest to goodness bargains" at local stores, where employees also dressed up in the most ridiculous costumes they could muster.
Other highlights included a pig auction, street dance, zany stunts and balloons with gift certificates inside periodically dropping from the sky.
You can check out more events, exhibits and archives at the Dakota County Historical Society, 130 Third Ave. N., South St. Paul.