St. Francis Pioneer Days starts next weekend

School is almost out and summer is on the way.

Local and regional bands and floats will coming to the June 9 St. Francis Pioneer Day parade. File photo by Tammy Sakry

Local and regional bands and floats will coming to the June 9 St. Francis Pioneer Day parade. File photo by Tammy Sakry

To celebrate, St. Francis will hold its annual Pioneer Days celebration June 8-10.

The event gets an early start with the annual medallion hunt Monday, June 4.

Clues are posted daily on displays at County Market, St. Francis Foods, Village Bank and Anoka Hennepin Credit Union of Killebrew Root Beer, which is the sponsor of the medallion hunt.

On June 8, the carnival will open in Community Park at 5 p.m. and the St. Francis Friday Nite Rally of custom cars, street rods, motorcycles and trucks will be at St. Francis City Centre Mall from 5 to 9 p.m.

The first musical performance of the weekend will be Soupbones at Billy’s Neighborhood Bar starting at 8:30 p.m.

Iron Horse Group will perform at the Patriot Lanes starting at 9 p.m.

The St. Francis Lions 5K run/walk returns June 9. Runners and walkers will take their marks at 9 a.m. at St. Francis High School.

The carnival opens at 9 a.m. and the annual turtle race will start at 10:30 a.m. with registration at 10 a.m. at Community Park.

New this year is the Kicks 4 Kids fitness event. Your B.E.S.T. Fitness will be leading kids, ages six to 12, through the fitness routine at 10 a.m. in the park.

The group will also be doing a free adult fitness combo class, including Turbokick, RIPPED and Zumba, at 10:45 a.m.

Remember the good old days at St. Francis High School? See the high school alumni history display in Woodbury Park, starting at 10 a.m.

As the floats and band line up for the grand parade, the St. Francis Lions’ bedraces will take over Bridge Street.

For the third year, teams will be racing beds down the road starting at noon.

When the parade begins at 1 p.m., longtime residents Ron and Margaret Gjertvig will be the grand marshals.

The thought of being named grand marshals never occurred to them, said Margaret Gjertvig.

“It was a surprise and a honor to represent the city,” she said.

They have lived in the city for a combined total of 142 years and it is nice to have longtime residents honored, Ron Gjertvig said.

Once the parade is over, there are a lot of activities for the whole family back at Community Park, including the Wonderful World of Woody, an electrical safety demonstration, face painting and the Miss St. Francis Scholarship Pageant.

The new lumberjack competition will get things rolling at 3 p.m.

The two-member teams will need to cuts a section from a log with a two-man saw, chop wood into four fireplace sized pieces and throw an ax at the target.

The final leg of the competition will be to finish off a carbonated beverage of their choice.

The best time wins the competition, which is sponsored by the St. Francis Lions Club and Killebrew Root beer.

The St. Francis town baseball team will take on the Rum River Bandits at 5 p.m. at the St. Francis High School baseball field.

End the day with music at the Jaycees Tent, Patriot Lanes or Billy’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill.

Pioneer Days goes out with a bang on Sunday.

The all-day St. Francis Lions Club softball tournament starts at 8 a.m. Sunday with community worship at 10 a.m. in Community Park.

On the other side of town, the St. Francis American Legion will have a flag retirement ceremony at 11 a.m.

It will also host a garden tractor pull at 1 p.m.

Back at Community Park, the carnival will reopen at 11 a.m. and local fire departments will have a water ball fight at noon.

For the kids, there will be a power pedal pull at 1 p.m.

The St. Francis town baseball will return to action at 2 p.m. to take on the East Bethel Bandits.

The day will end with fireworks at the high school football field 10 minutes after dusk.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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