VillageFest 2018


VillageFest 2018 - A Special Section published by Lillie Suburban Newspapers
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Celebrate St. Anthony at Villagefest

St. Anthony’s annual city celebration, VillageFest, is an opportunity for people to gather with their community. That opportunity is made possible by volunteer villagers. After all, it takes a village to raise a festival. Thanks to those efforts, and the funds raised for the fun, the annual festival continues on, this year taking place Aug. 3, 4 and 5. For those three days of fun, centered around an action-packed Saturday, villagers and regional visitors of all ages will have a chance to get out, spend some time with their neighbors and celebrate St. Anthony. 

St. Anthony pride will be in full-effect during the festival, which will be held at Central Park on Silver Lake Road. Some of the events will take place in the Central Park Pavilion, and the waffle breakfast that wraps up the weekend’s activities will take place at St. Anthony High School on 33rd Avenue NE.

VillageFest will kick off Friday, Aug. 3, with a car show, parade, food vendors, live music and dancing. 


Fest revs up

VillageFest officially launches at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, with the classic car show along St. Anthony Boulevard. The event is the kick-off get-together for the weekend. The cool cars act as an icebreaker for community gathering and cool family fun in the summer heat.

The first day also features the VillageFest Parade. Starting at 7 p.m., the parade starts at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, located at 2739 Stinson Parkway NE in St. Anthony. 

The fest continues with live music by The Elements as the backdrop for a street dance and celebration at the St. Anthony Village Shops, 2945 Pentagon Drive, where the parade ends. There will also be jumpy houses, the St. Anthony Fire Department will be serving pulled pork, and Coldstone Creamery will be serving up its frozen delights.




Festival time in the village means a weekend full of fun, full of community and full of great food to find and fill up on. 

Culver’s will be serving its custard to offer villagers a cool treat. The Kiwanis club will be cooking up hot dogs and hamburgers, and Little G’s Mobile Pizzeria will be serving its signature pizza. 


Day two

Saturday, Aug. 4, the second day of VillageFest, is packed with family fun starting at 8 a.m. and running past 9:30 p.m. Activities include a beer tent, bingo, children’s art activities, and a 5K fun run. There are other extra-active activities, like the tennis ball roll-off and tennis tournament. 

The 5k fun run starts at 8 a.m. for adults. There is a quarter-mile tot-trot for kids starting at 9 a.m. The tennis tournament starts at 9 a.m., or same time on Sunday, Aug. 5, if there’s rain. An adult, co-ed kickball tournament starts at 10 a.m.

Games and food booths open at 11 a.m., as does the silent auction and children’s art activities. 

The vendor craft fair and beer tent open at noon. 

There will be a kids show — called “The Pulse” — that also starts at noon. It will feature fun and prizes. The petting zoo opens at noon and closes at 5 p.m.

Bingo begins at 1 p.m. and runs until 4 p.m. The band Broken Spoke will perform at 2 p.m.

The intermediate, fun division of the bean bag tournament begins at 2 p.m. The competitive division begins at 5 p.m. 

VillageFest competition continues to pick up late into day two. Starting at 3:30 p.m., the boys vs. girls wiffle ball game kicks off, as well as the tennis ball roll-off. 

Providing background music for the weekend’s fun, competitive drama is musician Papa John Kolstad, who performs starting at 4:30 p.m. The group In2ition will play at 7:30 p.m. The night closes with fireworks, which start at 9:30 p.m. 


Waffle wrap-up

The final day of the weekend, Aug. 5, wraps up VillageFest with the Kiwanis waffle breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. 


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