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Lumberjack Days in Stillwater


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The charming little river town of Stillwater turns into a rousing party zone each year for Lumberjack Days. The festivities run July 22 - 25 and include many of the elements you would expect from a small-town Minnesota festival.

Several unique things make Lumberjack Days stand out. First, there's the beautiful setting along the scenic St. Croix River (a National Scenic Riverway). Added to that, there will be an authentic 1860s baseball exhibition, music on the river, and of course what would Lumberjack Days be without Lumberjacking Exhibitions? The logging industry along the St. Croix is one of the things that made Stillwater the town it is today. And they celebrate this in high style with all-day exhibitions on Friday and Saturday at Mulberry Point Stadium in Lowell Park North.

The musical line-up is looking pretty good, too. On Thursday night the headliner will be The Johnny Holm Band, Friday night it is The Suburbs and on Saturday night it will be Chicago. Concerts on a floating stage on the river - who could ask for anything more? Some do require a Park Pass, which can be purchased for $10. There will be additional acts each night, including Twilight Hours, The Belfast Cowboys and others to be announced.

There are activities all over town. This year there will be the first-ever Treasure Hunt, with clues being released each day, beginning tonight at the kick-off. The 1860s baseball games will be played Saturday at the Old Athletic Field, beginning at 11am. And belying the party reputation of this festival, there are lots of family-friendly things to do. Kids can enjoy bike and skateboarding demonstrations, an Inflatable Playland area, and even the Disney Party Patrol. They can compete in the 13th annual Kids' Coin Scramble, grouped by age (it's only fair), and for the older ones there will be a video arcade. There will also be a vendor marketplace, a chess tournament, a cribbage tournament and loads of good food.

Throughout the Festival there are several foot race events. On Saturday there are the Freight House Road Races: a 10K Run, a 5K Run and a SPCA 5K Pledge Walk. Other races include a 5K Kids Run, and a Grand Parade 1 Mile Run. For this, you get to head up the parade! There's even a 1/2K Toddler Trot. Oh, that's gotta be cute!

And what would a festival be without a parade? Well, apparently not quite complete. The Grand Parade is on Sunday at 1pm and trails along residential streets, starting near Lakeview Hospital and ending up at Pioneer Park. You can find the parade route on the website. There will be over 150 units.

It all wraps up on Sunday, July 25. There's more music on the riverfront, with this night being Tribute Night. There will be award presentations for the various competitions. The finale is at 10pm, the Thunder in the Valley XIII Fireworks Spectacular. Billed as "the largest musically choreographed fireworks display north of Chicago," this fireworks show over the river is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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