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Editorial: Celebrate with your neighbors - times three

Summer kicks into high gear on Friday — the first day of August and the last month of the season. The greater Red Wing area has three fun-filled traditions to help make the days before school begins especially memorable.

River City Days

The Mississippi River winds past Red Wing, and the community will fill its beautiful riverfront parks with competitions, food, festivities and music Aug. 1-3. Bay?Point Park gets top billing with the Taste of Red Wing and several bands, plus laser light shows two nights and fireworks Sunday, but Levee Park is home to a fine arts and crafts fair.

Look to the sky for two events. The Red Wing Regional Airport plays host to the traditional Drive-in, Fly-in Breakfast 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. On Saturday, paper and string will soar above Memorial Park in the inaugural kite festival.

Don’t forget the Red Wing Royal Ambassadors coronation at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Sheldon Theatre. We applaud the committee for taking the pageant out of the high school and back into the heart of downtown. After all, the young women aren’t running for homecoming queen; they are seeking to represent the community.

Goodhue County Fair

Goodhue County Agricultural Society and Mechanics Institute, aka the Goodhue County Fair Board, puts on an old-fashioned competition every year that invites people from every township and city to showcase their best handiwork, homemade treats, canned goods and animals.

“Built on tradition, but changing for the future,” as the organization’s website states, the fair will run Aug. 5-10 in Zumbrota.

Whether you enjoy open class exhibits or 4-H judging, whether you like demolition derbies or a decadent chocolate cake competition is more your speed, you’ll find wholesome entertaiment for the entire family.

Pierce County Fair

Dairy reigns supreme in Pierce County and enables the county seat to hold the “Cheese Curd Capital” title. Still, the Pierce County Fair is all about variety ... and variety shows. One crowd-pleaser is the talent competition that attracts singers, dancers, jugglers and more of all ages.

The Pierce County Fair runs Aug. 7-16 this year. Organizers boast there will be more than 10,000 exhibits. Other foods get equal billing with curds, fresh and deep-fried, as churches, clubs and service groups join commercial vendors in offering tempting treats.

We think you’ll agree that August will be a busy and entertaining month.