There are two local celebrations this year that promise lots of family fun. The first is the annual Cannon Valley Fair that runs from June 30 through July 4. The second is the new Minneapolis celebration named Red, White and Boom. This celebration replaces the Taste of Minnesota which filed for bankrupcy in December of 2010.
Cannon Valley Fair
The 96th annual Cannon Valley Fair starts Thursday June 30 and lasts through fireworks on Monday the 4th of July. Don’t miss this chance to experience a true summer fair. Events this year include a battle of the bands, demolition derbies, extreme bull riding, horse racing, horse show, midway and much more. Many hopeful participants have created items to show for competition at this fair so walk around and take a look at the crafts, food, animals and entertainment.
Thursday begins with entries and judging for 4H. This is a true county fair where winners in the various categories are able to compete at the Minnesota State Fair in August. There are contests and judging through the end of the day Friday. Thursday ends with the battle of the bands at 7:00 pm.
Friday starts with more livestock judging. The midway rides open and will be open daily until the end of the fair. Rides are unlimited with a wristband. The wristband is $20 at the fair. There are special guests such as Ronald McDonald scheduled for a Friday appearance. The day ends with a series of demolition derbies. These smashem-crashem contest can be loud and a lot of fun. This year there is even a category for minivan. After the last derby the Glowing Orange Band performs a free concert at the grandstand.
Saturday has a kid power tractor pull in the morning and a firecracker show in the afternoon in addition to all of the other entertainment available. There are minnow races in the afternoon and the day ends with an extreme bull ride and fireman tug-o-war contest.
Sunday starts with a ranch rodeo and a pork BBQ cook-off in the afternoon. Another demolition derby is scheduled for 5:00 and the Lost Highway Band plays at 9 in the bandstand. The midway is open all day as are the many other exhibits.
Monday is the 4th of July and the Cannon Valley Fair celebrates with a grand parade at 11:30. The midway is open all day and there are harness horse races in the afternoon. The traditional fireworks are scheduled for dusk, which is usually around 9:45 this time of year in Minnesota.
This fair has a little something for everyone. Admission is only $3 per person between the ages of 5 and 65. Most attractions are included in this entrance except the evening events in the bandstand – these charge a separate admission. Parking is free for the fair. This is one of my families favorite fairs of the year because of the wide variety of entertainments and events.
Red, White and Boom
A new celebration call Red, White and Boom will provide food, music and fireworks for the 4th of July weekend.
The festival is scheduled for July 3rd and 4th with a lot of family entertainment scheduled to be held in at Father Hennepin Park. Unfortunately as this is the first year for this event the schedule has not yet been published. Currently family events are scheduled for 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Monday July 4. There will be four stages with live music in the afternoon and evening of the 4th of July. On Sunday July 3 there is a concert and an outdoor screening of Iron Man 2 on Nicollet Island at the pavilion. Food and beverages will be available to purchase or bring your own and enjoy a night outside. Space is limited for this event so arrive early to save a spot. The concert begins at 7:00 and the movie is scheduled to begin around 9:30. For those who want to show their running skills sign up for the 5K fun run or the ½ marathon run.
The highlight of the party are the fireworks on the 4th of July. These were made possible by donations from individuals and businesses in the area. The website has a map showing the best viewing locations to see the spectacular display.
If this year is successful a tradition may be in the making.