Mounds View Festival in the Park 2018

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Last festival, the Irondale Dance Team took a break from walking the parade route to show off their dance moves. City Hall’s parking lot turned into a food court during the festival. Visitors to the festival could make their own sand creation, complete with a fuzzy topper. A hit with the kids was the inflatable bouncy house, complete with slide.

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Mounds View Festival in the Park and a diamond anniversary

Summer sure is scooting on by, but it’s not over yet. There’s plenty of summer fun left to soak up. One perfect example of a fun way to catch some peak summer rays and community is the Mounds View Festival in the Park. The festival is just around the corner, and it’s packed with activities and entertainment sure to bring smiles to everyone under the sun. 

The festivities are Friday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 18, starting with a Mounds View 60th anniversary celebration on Friday, and carrying into the one-day festival Saturday. The two-day extravaganza will be full of events and active fun for all ages. 

Everyone, from individuals to families, will find things to enjoy. There will be live music, funky crafts and artsy vendors, food, games and fireworks. All of that fun and community will be at this year’s festival, located in the vicinity of City Hall Park, 2401 County Highway 10 in Mounds View. 

 

Mounds View turns 60

The Festival in the Park is a community tradition in which Mounds View residents and neighbors gather to celebrate the city and eachother. As such, the festival is a wonderful setting for celebrating Mound View’s 60th anniversary. 

The 60th Anniversary celebration begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, and runs through 10 p.m. in the City Hall Parking Lot. Tickets to the celebration are $5 a person, or $20 for a family of four or more. 

The celebration will include food trucks and a beer garden. Starting at 7 p.m. will be live music performed by Jonah and the Whales. Also starting at 7 p.m. is dancing in the street. 

There will be a booth with artifacts from the history of Mounds View, said 60th anniversary committee president Nancy Bulmer. Bulmer said artifacts will include documents and local maps from around the time Mounds View became a town. Articles about area residents over the years will also be available, along with documents and pictures from events that greatly affected Mounds View residents, such as the Fridley Tornado and the I-35W bridge collapse. 

Bulmer said there will be anniversary committee members in the booth to answer questions.

 

Festival fun starts

The festival itself begins with a running start. People in the mood to get moving can meet at Silver View Park, located at 2700 County Road I, for the Festival in the Park 5K. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the run starts at 8:30 a.m.

The run is a great way to get up and get the blood flowing for the rest of the day and the festival.  

For those less inclined to start their day or festival (or anything) with a jog, step aside or take a seat as others from the Mounds View area work up a sweat, and simply enjoy the 12th annual Car Show at the nearby West Ball Field. The show, which is a consistent draw for all sorts of interesting and classic cars, runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The car show has been a tradition and crowd pleaser at the festival. Seeing the cool and historic cars is a blast, and predicting and finding out what cars are singled out and given trophies at the end of the show is always fun. 

 

Festival foods

There is also the simple summer pleasure of venturing out and enjoying a sweet confection, sweet cool-down treat, or food like hamburgers and pizza prepared in a salivary gland-inciting way — or all of the above. 

Anyone familiar knows any festival means fantastic food. The Mounds View Lions Club food booth opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 9:40 p.m. The rest of the food booths open up at 10 a.m. and run until dusk. 

The Mounds View Lions will be serving hot dogs and hamburgers. Otis Concessions will be on hand. Other festival vendors will be offering snow cones and ice cream, among other foods and treats. 

The Festival in the Park is here for stomachs in the Mounds View area rumbling for festival fare. This year features a number of great snacks to grab at food booths. 

 

Marching onward

The Festival in the Park Parade is a rolling show with music, fun floats and treats for kids and the whole family. The parade begins at the same time as the food vendors — 10 a.m. — embarking from the Mounds View intersection of Bronson Drive and St. Stephens Street. 

After the parade starts, craft and information booths open up at 11 a.m. Also starting at 11 a.m. is the fire department booth, giving Mounds View residents and festival-goers alike a chance to thank and talk to firefighters between checking out the parade and craft vendors.

Shortly after, the inflatable houses will fill up and fill the skyline. The bouncy fun starts at 11:45 a.m. At noon, in the picnic shelter at City Hall Park, bingo begins. 

 

More fun

Also beginning at lunchtime is the beer garden. The garden starts at noon and stays open until 9:30 p.m., supplying the perfect drink to quench summer thirst or pair with festival food, from lunch to dinner and everything in between. 

The classic car show will come to a close with the trophy awards presented at 2 p.m at the West Ball Field. 

Festival-goers will get the opportunity to spend community time with law enforcement and every law enforcer’s best friend. A K9 demo begins at 3 p.m. on the North Ball Field. 

On the main stage starting at 5:30 p.m. will be more live music, this time provided by Big Toe and the Jam. 

 

Big finale

The finale to the 2018 Mounds View Festival in the Park and city’s 60th anniversary celebration is a fireworks display starting at 9:40 p.m at City Hall Park. 

Theresa Cermak of the Festival in the Park organizing committee said the fireworks, which are the traditional send-off for the festival, will be a little different this year. 

She said the show will feature new trajectories — “It won’t be the usual fireworks.”

What the fireworks show will be for sure, and has always been, is a fittingly fun way to wrap up the festival.

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