by Dennis Dalman
A big parade, family fun ‘n’ games, live music, a street dance, fireworks – those are some of the highlights of the upcoming 26th annual Sartell SummerFest on Saturday, June 9, in Sartell.
Each summer, the free festival attracts many thousands of people from far and wide.
The following is a list of activities:
10 a.m. The Liberty Bank Parade begins at the Watab Park area on Riverside Avenue and will proceed north on Riverside to Seventh Street N. There it will take a left and finish on the grounds of the Sartell Middle School. The parade will feature 80 units, including nine marching bands. Volunteers are needed for the parade. To learn more or to volunteer, go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noon-5 p.m. The Libertyville Party. This free family-fun event will take place on the grounds of the new Sartell Community Center at 850 19th St. S., southeast of the PineCone Marketplace mall. There will be inflatables, music, airbrush tattoos, hot dogs, burgers, pop and lots of games and prizes. The big party is sponsored by Liberty Bank Minnesota.
1-3 p.m. There will be three historical trolley tours of Sartell, starting at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The rides will leave from the Sartell City Hall parking lot. However, space on the trolley rides is limited. To reserve a seat, call Ann at 253-4036, ext. 4.
1-3 p.m. The Sartell Hospitality and Visitors Service Bike Safety Rodeo will take place along Scout Drive near the Sartell Community Center. Adults should make sure children bring safety helmets along with bicycles. There will be bike tune-ups and a riding course at which children will learn lots of safety tips, such as how to bicycle at a roundabout. The event is sponsored by the Sartell Police Department and Project BrainSafe. This event, too, is free.
5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The Great River Bowl & Partners Pub Street Dance will take place just outside Great River Bowl at 208 Second St. S. There will be live music by local bands Radio Nation at 5:30 p.m. and Diamondback starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no admission charge for the music or dance party.
10 p.m. The Blue Line Sports Bar & Grill Fireworks show will begin in the open area just south of the street dance at Great River Bowl.