Stockyard Days 2018


Stockyard Days 2018 - A Special Section published by Lillie Suburban Newspapers
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Stockyard Days: An ‘Udderly good time’

Stockyard Days is the New Brighton gathering celebrating the community today and its 19th century beginnings as grounds for livestock. 

The festival is all about animals, organizers say, and this year’s tagline — “Udderly good time” — reflects that, illustrated by a logo of a cow having a cow of a time. 

New Brighton residents and regional neighbors have a chance to join in the fun. 

The festival has been an annual get-together for nearly 40 years, providing decades of family entertainment for generations of New Brighton residents. 

As Stockyard Days has become a cherished and exciting New Brighton tradition, full of vendors and events that festival-goers enjoy year-after-year, like the Antique Car Run and musical acts like festival favorite GB Leighton, the organizing committee strives to deliver the consistently excellent festival and also try new events. 

Stockyard Days 2018 has a few entertainers performing at the festival for the first time. Only time will tell if they become new Stockyard traditions. 

So see for yourself: Stockyard Days is back, returning again with over a week of events and activities primarily at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton.

For eight days this summer — Aug. 5 through 13 — everyone of all ages will have ample opportunity to celebrate New Brighton with their neighbors.


Opening days

Stockyard Days officially starts with events that will speak to athletic festival-goers. On Sunday, Aug. 5, the Corral Open Golf event starts at 8 a.m., at Brightwood Hills Golf Course on Silver Lake Road. On Monday, Aug. 6, the Denny Ross Softball Game starts at 6 p.m. at Lions Park. 

Stockyard Days skips Tuesday, Aug. 7, taking a break before things pick back up the next day. 

Before the adult parade, kids get a shot at showing the grown-ups how its done with the Kiddie Parade at Lions Park starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Also on Wednesday is the Orv Kraus 1-pitch Memorial, which also starts at 6 p.m. at Lions Park. 


Grand Parade

The Grand Parade on Thursday, Aug. 9, is the crown jewel of Stockyard Days, heralded by some onlookers as the best parade you’ll find in the state. 

Folks are encouraged to show up a little early to secure a good vantage point for lawn chairs. The route fills up fast. 

The parade, which begins at 6 p.m., will follow the same route as former years, beginning on First Avenue between St. John The Baptist Catholic Church and New Brighton Health and Rehab. The route will head down 10th Street, then turn south onto Old Highway 8, past City Hall. 

The parade will then head west on Eighth Street, turn south on Eighth Avenue, before finally heading back onto Old Highway 8 for a final jaunt before ending at the Fourth Street intersection. Parade festivities wrap up with a post-parade party at the Eagles Club on Old Highway 8. 



No Stockyard Days would be complete without the many fine and fun foods New Brighton residents and festival faithful can find and enjoy. 

Apropos of the former-stockyard-populated area in which the city and festival reside, the food at Stockyard Days is a meat-lovers dream. The Eagles Club will be serving pork chops, brats, burgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob. Bobby’s Baby Back Ribs adds even more choices of choice meats, serving ribs, pulled pork and smoked turkey. Reineck Enterprises Super Gyros will be serving the gyros, Encore Foods will offer tacos, burritos and Mighty Machos, and the New Brighton Lions Club will serve pizza from Adagio’s.

For a dairy, udder-sourced treat, Stockyard vendors also include Culver’s, which will offer root beer floats, custard and hot fudge sundaes. 

Otis Concessions will offer its savory options like cheese curds, french fries and corn dogs, as well as sweets like mini donuts, snow cones and cotton candy. 


Stockyard weekend

Stockyard Days carries into the weekend, kicking off three event-heavy days. The summer heat on Friday, Aug. 10, will settle into an evening of rock and roll. Starting at 5 p.m. at Long Lake Park will be music by Wayne & The Boys. Their tunes will be accompanied by food and craft vendors. 

The show is followed by the debut of the Shockwaves Ski Show, starting at 6 p.m. Friday closes out with even more live music by festival favorite GB Leighton, starting at 7:30 p.m. 

Stockyard Saturday, Aug. 11, is the busiest day of the festival, packing events from 8 a.m. until past 9:30 p.m. 

Those athlete-minded Stockyard-goers that got a kick out of the sporty opening days can look forward to the beginning of Saturday. Things start early at Long Lake Park with the 5k and 10K runs beginning at 8 a.m. 

For those at the festival more in the mood on Saturday to watch others be active, Dans Askina Turkish Folk Dancing begins at 10 a.m. Shortly after, animal-lovers and stockyard history aficionados can spend time with living animals on the former stockyard territory, when the petting zoo starts at 11 a.m. and stays open through 6 p.m.

Bingo makes its triumphant return to Stockyard Days with games starting at 11 a.m., and at 1 and 7 p.m. 

At noon and running through 3 p.m., midday music will be played by Damaged Goods.


Car run 

Starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, is the Antique Car Run. This event, like the parade, is quick to get crowded. 

Dozens of antique cars will arrive at New Brighton Stockyard Days having traveled more than 100 miles of the Minnesota countryside since that morning. Drivers will arrive, take a breather, grab some refreshments, socialize and answer any questions Stockyard Days attendees may have for them. 

The run begins in New London and ends at the festival in Long Lake Park.


Stockyard closes

The Stockyard Days festival slows down Sunday, Aug. 12, before coming to a close with an ambassador coronation event on Monday, Aug. 13. 

Sunday starts at 8 a.m. back at Long Lake park with food and craft vendors, and a bonus car show and a swap meet. 

The petting zoo opens at 11 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. Bingo is also back for another day and also starts at 11 a.m., with another game starting at 2 p.m. Stockyard Sunday wraps with the completion of the karaoke contest that begins at noon and ends at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 13, is the final Stockyard day. The festival wraps up another celebration of New Brighton’s current community, while appreciating the town of yesteryear, with the coronation event at Mounds View High School on Lake Valentine Road in Arden Hills starting at 6 p.m.


New stuff and back by popular demand

This year is the 37th annual Stockyard Days. For the first time in its history, says organizer Brian Vickers, the festival will have a water ski show taking place Friday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. on Long Lake. 

Vickers says the committee also slotted in more entertainment on Saturday, Aug. 11, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., including a folk dance group and a magician. 

And back by popular demand is bingo. After getting a few complaints from people expecting bingo at previous Stockyard Days, the committee is happy to announce the game’s return, says Vickers. Bingo lovers can play on Saturday, Aug. 11, with games starting at 11 a.m., and at 1 and 7 p.m. in Long Lake Regional Park. Games are also on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m., with another game starting at 2 p.m.


Sure you know about New Brighton, Minnesota ...

Everybody “hearts” New Brighton. Or, for the more modern, everybody ‘heart  emoji’ New Brighton. But what do you know about your beloved community compared to the communities it was named after — Brighton, Massachusetts and Brighton, England? Resist the urge to Google and test your knowledge with the quiz below. 


1. Which of the three Brightons was previously known as Preston Village?

A. Brighton, England

B. Brighton, Massachusetts

C. New Brighton, Minnesota



2. Which of the Brightons was the home of a cattle market to support the army?

A. Brighton, England

B. Brighton, Massachusetts

C. New Brighton, Minnesota



3. Which Brighton had a U.S. Census Bureau-estimated 2016 population of 22,496?

A. Brighton, England

B. Brighton, Massachusetts

C. New Brighton, Minnesota


4. Which Brighton boasts an average July daytime high temperature of 81 degrees?

A. Brighton, England

B. Brighton, Massachusetts

C. New Brighton, Minnesota


5. Which Brighton claims a region known as the “Butcher’s Spur”?

A. Brighton, England

B. Brighton, Massachusetts

C. New Brighton, Minnesota


Highlight between the parenthasis for answers
( 1: A, 2: B, 3: C, 4: B, 5: C )

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