Ramsey Happy Days continues summer fun

The state fair has ended and the kids are back in the school, but the fun does not have to stop.

Five-year-old Josephine Haag, Coon Rapids, watches the 2011 Ramsey Happy Day parade. This year the parade will be on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m.       File photo by Tammy Sakry
Five-year-old Josephine Haag, Coon Rapids, watches the 2011 Ramsey Happy Day parade. This year the parade will be on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. File photo by Tammy Sakry

The 14th annual Ramsey Happy Days celebration starts Saturday, Sept. 8 with music, dancers and activities for children and adults alike.

Start the morning off with a pancake breakfast, hosted by the Ramsey Foundation.

Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. and goes until 11 a.m.

For $6 for adults and $3 for kids under 12, enjoy pancakes, sausages and juice or coffee before going off to explore the many offerings of the 2012 Happy Days.

The annual 5K run/walk, sponsored by Connexus Energy, will kick off at 8 a.m. at the Veterans Clinic.

The run loops around The Draw park and returns to the clinic, said Patrick Brama, management analyst.

Registration forms are available on the city’s website, he said.

After the race, the craft fair, car show, business expo, farmers market and the political booths will open up at 11 a.m. west of Ramsey City Hall on Sunwood Drive.

“We are hoping to have a 100 vendors this year,” Brama said.

All of this year’s activities take place in the open space northwest of city hall, he said.

The three-day event has been reduced to two days with the majority of the activities happening on Saturday, he said.

For people coming to the event this year, the best route will be take Ramsey Boulevard to Sunwood Drive. Armstrong Boulevard will be closed due to construction.

The kids will have to wait until 11:30 a.m. for the inflatable attractions, the rock climbing wall and the power bungee to open up.

The kids’ activities will be open until 7:30 p.m., but they will be shut down during the parade, which starts at 3 p.m., Brama said.

New this year are the minnow races, being done by the Boy Scouts, from noon to 3 p.m.

Once the parade is done, the Boy Scouts will be setting up their trebuchets and showing the crowd what their medieval catapults can do at 4:30 p.m.

The trebuchets were made by the Scouts and they will be launching footballs, Brama said.

Also at 4:30 p.m., the Dance Caravan will offer a taste of the Renaissance Festival will their belly dancing.

For those who prefer a different kind of dance, there will be a polka fest in one of the event tents.

This event was usually held in the fall at the Pearson farm, but it was moved to Happy Days this year, Brama said.

There will be polka music and perhaps dancing, Brama said.

For those looking for laughter and excitement, Ken Shank the Dew Dah Magician will there to amaze.

He will have shows at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Most of the Happy Days events and activities are low to no cost, Brama said.

The sponsors, which includes Bolton & Menk, The Residence at The COR, Freedom Christian Church and Hope Fellowship, help keep the costs low and bring in the performers, he said.

There will be six food vendors with tasty options for hungry fair-goers, Brama said.

Looking to see how lucky you are? Check out the bingo tent.

Although there will be plenty of excitement in front of city hall, Ramsey Raceway, located on the north side of Highway 10 and Armstrong Boulevard, will be holding go kart and lawn tractor races as part of the Happy Days event. Races start at 5 p.m.

As the Jacob Martin Band, which plays a country and classic rock, takes the stage near city hall, bonfires will keep people warm starting at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a break in the musical entertainment at 9 p.m. for the fireworks.

At 9:30 p.m., Sterns County 17 band will get the crowd moving.

The final event of the Happy Days weekend will be a family bike tour of the western side of Ramsey.

There will be fun activities and prizes for the both the adults and kids at several locations along the 15K bike route, Brama said.

The ride starts Sunday at noon and ends around 4:30 p.m.

For more information on the event or to download the registration forms, go to http://www.ci.ramsey.mn.us/happy-days.

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]