Mounds View’s Festival in the Park Saturday


Riley Albertson, 5, shot some hoops on Aug. 18 while at the Day in the Park. (photos by Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)

Classic cars are eye catching.

The Lions Club is represented in the annual parade.

Irondale High School’s Knightline showed off its talents during last year’s parade.

There are plenty of craft booths to check out in Mounds View during the Day in the Park festivities.

Families will gather to watch the parade.

Click here to View Photos from 2013 Festival in the Park

Mounds View’s annual summer get together, Festival in the Park, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17 at City Hall Park, 2401 County Hwy. 10.

The all-day celebration includes live music, fireworks, a parade, food booths, a beer garden, car show, 5K Fun Run, craft and information booths and more.

“It’s the one day of the year we like to give back to the community,” the festival’s committee president Theresa Cermack says.

She says Festival in the Park is the last big community celebration before the state fair and has been a favorite for many in the city for over 35 years.

Festival in the Park events

The festival kicks off with a 5K Fun Run and Family Walk at 9 a.m. at Silver View Park, 2746 County Road I (all other events will be held at City Hall Park). Pre-registration is available online through Friday, Aug. 16 at www.active.com/running/mounds-view-mn/mounds-view-5k-fun-run-2013. The cost is $25 per runner ($35 the day of the event). Team registration is $60 per group of four runners (pre-registration only). Proceeds from the event go to support the YMCA scholarship program that allows Mounds View families to participate in YMCA programs at a discounted rate.

The 7th annual car show will take place from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., with a trophy presentation at 2 p.m. A wide variety of years, makes and models will be on display. DJ Chuck & Tunes 2 Go! will be providing music, hosting trivia and handing out small prizes. Festival volunteers will also be on hand, accepting cash donations for the Ralf Reeder Food Shelf. Vehicle registration information for the car show is available on the city’s website.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Edgewood Drive and Bronson Drive and proceeds north along Edgewood, making a clockwise loop along County Road I, Quincy Street and Bronson Drive.

Over 35 craft booths will be set up in the park and selling items from handmade jewelry to party lights and Tupperware from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Also opening at 10 are the food booths that will stay open until dusk and be selling a variety of items like hot dogs, burgers, cotton candy, pulled pork sandwiches, gyros and ice cream.

Mounds View Officer Nick Ericson and K-9 Niko will be leading a K-9 demonstration at 1 p.m. Mounds View’s Police Chief Tom Kinney says Ericson will demonstrate Niko’s agility, tracking and apprehension skills he has acquired as a trained police dog.

Niko joined the Mounds View Police Department in the spring of 2012 after graduating from the St. Paul Police K-9 training academy with his handler and partner Nick Ericson.

In addition to being an effective crime fighting team in the community, Ericson and Niko recently competed in the U.S. Police K-9 Association’s Region 12 Dog Trials with 74 other K-9 teams, where they also received certification from the organization. According to Kinney the team did well.

“We’re very proud of their accomplishments,” the chief says.

Other events at the festival include numerous kids’ games from 10 to 7, diabetic screenings from 10 to 2, bingo games hosted by the Mounds View Community Theater from noon until 6, SBM Fire Department displays from 11 to 2, music from Jonah and the Whales from 5:30 to 9:30 and fireworks, hosted by Medtronic at 9:40 p.m.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.


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