A chance to celebrate all things Anoka Sept. 10

All things unique to Anoka will be on display at Green Haven Golf Club Sept. 10.

It is Celebrate Anoka Day which includes a golf tournament and a chance for Anoka businesses and organizations to showcase what they offer.

This is a new format for an event that has been long known as the Anoka Business Appreciation Day, which ran for 28 years.

“We wanted to do something where we could celebrate all things that are unique to Anoka,” said Golf Manager Larry Norland. “We felt that in the past the event was really focused on those businesses, but there are a lot of different things that are a part of what make Anoka special.”

The golf scramble, which will see at shotgun start at 12:30 p.m., is limited to 128 players.

The tourney will be an “angels and demons” format, said Norland.

Nine of the holes will be exceptionally easy. But the other nine will be a different story.

“We’ll be making those nine as ridiculously hard as possible,” he said.

Pin placements and tees will bring major challenges for golfers on those holes.

There will be other surprises in store for golfers, as well. Norland said the Anoka County Historical Society is planning a closest to the pin contest with golfers using old-fashioned hickory shaft clubs.

Local businesses and organizations will have a chance to get the word out about what they do in the community, whether it is displaying their products or handing out literature, he said.

Hole sponsorships and electric scoreboard sponsorships are available. Federal Premium Ammunition is the title sponsor for Celebrate Anoka Day.

All proceeds from the event will go the Gary Stout Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is available to Anoka High School seniors. Stout was the city’s development consultant from 1984 to 1997, working on projects like the Walker Plaza Apartments and the Federal Cartridge and Hoffman expansions.

In the 1990s he led the development of the Anoka Enterprise park, which is now home to more than 70 companies that employ 2,400 people.

For more information on registering for or hole sponsorship and business display opportunities, call 763-576-2971.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]