by Peter Bodley
The 2012 Coon Rapids Snowflake Days celebration begins Saturday, Jan. 28 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 11.During the two-week span, there will be many of the traditional events, for example the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant and the Coon Rapids Junior Royalty Pageant, but also a couple of new activities, a sock hop dance and a simulator golf tournament.
While the 2012 Snowflake Days events don’t officially start until Jan. 28, one traditional event marks the unofficial beginning of Coon Rapids’ annual winter celebration earlier than that date.
That’s the Miss Coon Rapids Pageant brunch, style show and silent auction, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 14) at the Coon Rapids American Legion.
The breakfast brunch starts at 9:30 a.m. with the style show featuring contestants in the 2012 Miss Coon Rapids Pageant modeling clothes from the Coon Rapids Dress Barn.
There are four events to kickoff Snowflake Days Saturday, Jan. 28.
And the inaugural Mayor’s Cup simulator golf tournament at the new Bunker Hills Clubhouse starts Friday, Jan. 27 and ends Jan. 28. Prizes include Bunker Hills gift cards, merchandise and rounds of golf.
This year’s kids’ medallion hunt for children ages five to 10 scheduled Saturday, Jan. 28 at Al Flynn Park also features tours of the Fire Station 1 on Egret Boulevard (there is a trail linking the park with the fire station).
Sponsored by Coon Rapids Professional Firefighters Local 1935, the girls’ only medallion hunt starts at 1 p.m. with the boys’ hunt at 1:30 p.m. The winner of each group will receive gift certificates from Erik’s Bike Shop.
Epiphany Knights of Columbus will host its annual chili and hot dog feed at Church of the Epiphany cafeteria from 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 28, with all proceeds going to local foodshelves. There is no charge, but a freewill donation will be taken.
That same evening, also at Epiphany, only in the school gymnasium, there will be a sock hop community dance, free of charge, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Miss Coon Rapids Megan Ehlert along with 2011 Junior Royalty and 2012 Junior Royalty contestants will be at the dance.
There will be seniors only events hosted by Coon Rapids Senior Services at the Coon Rapids Civic Center Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.
Snowflake Fest will be Tuesday, Jan. 31, starting at 10:30 a.m., followed by Snowflake bingo Wednesday, Feb. 1, also starting at 10:30 a.m. and a dinner show featuring Coda (Scott Dorff and Malcolm Anderson) in concert at 11 a.m. followed by a noon meal.
Both pageants take place at Coon Rapids High School auditorium Saturday, Feb. 4.
The Junior Royalty Pageant is at 1 p.m. with the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant at 6 p.m.
The Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club will serve an all-you-can-eat Belgian waffle breakfast at the Coon Rapids VFW Sunday, Feb. 5, 8 a.m. to noon, with proceeds going to support the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at Coon Rapids High School.
The 2012 Snowflake Days celebration ends Saturday, Feb. 11 with the annual children’s carnival at Epiphany School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hosted by the families of newly-crowned 2012 Coon Rapids Junior Royalty, the event will feature face painting, disc jockey, magic show, concessions, carnival games and prizes.
According to Diane Buszta, Coon Rapids Snowflake Association president, the snow sculpture contest will not take place “due to the unusual winter weather conditions.”
Nor will there be the annual adult medallion hunt this year, Buszta said.
Snowflake Days began in 1964 as a Coon Rapids Jaycees project.
According to the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days website, it was conceived of the notion that the city of Coon Rapids needed a civic celebration in which the entire community could participate.
All of the neighboring communities had summer celebrations so Coon Rapids thought it would try something in the winter so as not to compete with its neighbors, the website states.
By 1968, the celebration had grown enough to require broader sponsorship and the Coon Rapids Snowflake Association was created.
Peter Bodley is at [email protected]