A flurry of Fourth fun aheadA double whammy of Independence Day festivities and fireworks is offered this year. Because July 4 falls on a Sunday, many event sponsors are getting a head start Saturday night - including Cannon Falls, Wanamingo and Pepin as well as Red Wing.
By: Ruth Nerhaugen, The Republican Eagle
A double whammy of Independence Day festivities and fireworks is offered this year. Because July 4 falls on a Sunday, many event sponsors are getting a head start Saturday night - including Cannon Falls, Wanamingo and Pepin as well as Red Wing.
Treasure Island is sponsoring its annual Island Block Party starting at 3 p.m. Saturday and continuing through a fireworks display at dusk over the Mississippi River. The free, family-friendly event will take place on the grounds adjacent to Treasure Island Hotel.
Rich Wieber's BMX Bicycle Stunt Show will perform at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. A Twin Cities celebrity disc jockey Lucas will entertain and broadcast music from 3 to 7 p.m., then there'll be live music by Power Play from 7 until 11 p.m. Food, beverages and souvenir items will be for sale.
People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, as bleacher seating will be limited. For more information go online to www.treasureislandcasino.com.
Another free family event, the first Cinema Under the Stars outdoor movie of the season, is planned Saturday night. Entertainment will start at 7:45 p.m., and the movie, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," will be shown starting at 9:30 p.m. on a large inflatable screen.
The movie will be shown at the west end of Red Wing's Bay Point Park. Some food will be available. Go to www.cinemaunderthestars.net for details.
The Fourth of July will start early and end late in Red Wing.
The Summer Sunday Flea Market will be under way by 8 a.m. - rain or shine - in the parking lot at Pottery Place Center, 2000 Old W. Main St. Lots of Red Wing pottery and stoneware will be offered this year.
Typically the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation holds an outdoor antique fair in downtown Red Wing on the Sunday before the organization's annual convention, but that event was taken off the schedule this year because Sunday is July 4. Collectors and vendors will instead be participating in the flea market. The pottery convention is July 8-10, headquartered at Red Wing High School.
For more about participating in the flea market, contact Bernie Bussman, 507-202-5696.
"Red, White and Wine," a Three Rivers Wine Trail event, will be noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Falconer Vineyards, 3572 Old Tyler Road, 651-388-8849.
Theme is "Declaring Our Independence from Traditional Grape varieties."
articipating wineries all use grape varieties developed to grow in cold climates, which makes their wines unique to this region, organizers said.
Visitors can sample local wines. For more about the organization, go to www.3riverswinetrail.com.
In celebration of the holiday, the Red Wing Arts Association is presenting a July 4 concert as an extension of its Concerts in the Park summer series. The Sheldon Brass Band will perform at 7 p.m. in the Central Park Band Shell. Admission is free; donations are accepted. Call 651-388-7569 or go to www.redwingartsassociation.org.
Afterward, everyone is invited to walk down East Avenue or drive to their favorite spot overlooking the Mississippi River to watch Charlie Gardas and his crew set off a fireworks display from Trenton Island at dusk.
@Sub heads:Cannon Falls
@Normal1: Cannon Falls offers July 4 fun all week, in the form of the Cannon Valley Fair. A complete schedule of events, including nightly grandstand shows, can be found at www.cannonvalleyfair.com.
On the Fourth, look for a grand parade at 11:30 a.m., ending at the fairgrounds, where harness horse racing and a Ranch Rodeo start at 1 p.m. Music and entertainment will fill the afternoon, and the day will end with fireworks at dusk.
The community also is home to a Three Rivers Wine member, the Cannon River Winery in downtown Cannon Falls. "Red, White and Wine" there will run from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
@Sub heads:Lake City
@Normal1: Live music is planned at 6 p.m. Sunday at Ohuta Park. Fireworks will be set off at dusk over Lake Pepin. Everything is free.
@Normal1: A night of live music is planned Sunday at Gelly's Pub & Eatery, located on Highway 35 in downtown Stockholm. Combo Flambe, featuring Sue Orfield on the saxophone, will play from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
@Normal1: A community celebration and lighted boat parade are planned Saturday evening in Pepin. Boats, which have been decorated and illuminated by their owners, will parade from the Pepin Yacht Club harbor onto Lake Pepin at dusk - around 9:30 p.m. Call 715-442-4900 for more information.
@Normal1: Vasa, located on Highway19 between Red Wing and Cannon Falls, holds a traditional, family-oriented, hometown Independence Day party.
The Vasa Museum folks will sell root beer floats and the Vasa Lutheran Church Council will have pork sandwiches and hot dogs, starting before the parade on the church's front lawn.
At 3 p.m., a parade of mostly homemade floats, vintage tractors and cars, animals and other units will proceed from the Vasa Lutheran Center down what serves as Main Street. When it reaches the end, the parade will turn around and come back on the other side of the street so people can see both sides of the units and wave to their friends again.
@Normal1: Two full days of dawn until dusk partying are planned in Wanamingo, another small town that celebrates tradition and family-friendly fun.
On Saturday, a 5K walk/run will step off at 10 a.m. a the Wanamingo Community Center. At 6 p.m., a Fireman's Dance and Picnic will begin in the park. Ray Sands will play for the first couple of hours, then the local country band Lost Highway - winner of the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Battle of the Bands - will keep the music going until 1 a.m.
Sunday's festivities begin at Wanamingo Park, where pancakes will be served by Minneola Church at 6:30 p.m., and a community church service will start at 9:30 a.m. Over in the Buckstop Grocery area there'll be the Buckstop Olympics from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A car show is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Third Avenue South. Downtown, the log cabin will be open; the Zumbrota Community Band will play on Main Street at 1 p.m.
The kiddie parade will march down the street at 1:30 p.m. as a prelude to the grand parade, which is set for 2:30 p.m. Following the parade there'll be ice cream and Christian music at New Life Church; a horse pull and firefighter water fights near the Cenex Station; a duck float to help eighth-graders go to Washington, D.C., near the Buckstop; horseshoes at the park; a 5 p.m. keg throw competition at Buckstop; and a 5:30 p.m. bean bag tournament.
A street dance will get under way at 8 p.m. and fireworks will be set off at dusk.