Snowflake Days kicks off 49th year on Jan. 26

Coon Rapids Snowflake Days marks its 49th anniversary with its 2013 celebration.buttonThis year’s Snowflake Days begins Saturday, Jan. 26 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 9.

But planning is about to begin for the 50th anniversary celebration in 2014, according to Diane Buszta, president of the Coon Rapids Snowflake Association.

“Watch for updates on the website this spring as we begin plans for what we hope to be our biggest and best celebration ever,” Buszta said.

Missing from this year’s Snowflake Days is the 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant, which took place in November 2012.

The 2013 Snowflake Days begins Saturday, Jan. 26 with three events – kids’ medallion hunt, chili and hot dog feed and sock hop community dance.

The kids’ medallion hunt takes place at Coon Rapids Fire Station 1 and Al Flynn Park, meeting at the fire station on Egret Boulevard at noon, but parking is at Al Flynn Park only.

There will be a chance to explore the fire station and take photos with firefighters before walking the trail from the fire station to Al Flynn Park for the medallion hunt.

The event is open to children ages five to 10; the girls’ only hunt starts at 1 p.m. and boys’ only hunt at 1:30 p.m.

The prizes, gift certificates from Erik’s Bike Shop awarded to the winner of each group, are sponsored by the Coon Rapids Professional Firefighters Local 1935.

The chili and hot feed and sock hop are both at Epiphany Catholic School, the feed from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria and the dance from 6 to 9 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Sponsored by the Epiphany Knights of Columbus, the chili and hot dog feed will include chili, corn bread, hot dogs (plain and with chili) and salad.

All attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the food shelf and there will be a freewill offering with all net proceeds going to local foodshelves.

The sock hock community dance is being hosted by the Coon Rapids Junior Royalty and the Snowflake Association.

“Dress up in your favorite ‘50s and ‘60s attire and join us for a night of fun,” Buszta said.

Miss Coon Rapids 2013 Emily Kallis and 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Kathryn Kueppers will be present as will the 2012 Coon Rapids Junior Royalty.

Candidates for the 2013 Coon Rapids Junior Royalty Pageant will be present to introduce themselves.

Music will be provided by professional disc jockey Eric Christensen of Eclectic Entertainment with DJE.

There will be concessions and glow in the dark necklaces.

People are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Epiphany Food Shelf.

The second annual Mayor’s Cup Simulator Golf Tournament has expanded from two to three days – Thursday, Jan. 31 through Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Bunker Hills Golf Course Clubhouse.

Prizes include Bunker Hills Golf Course gift cards, Harvest Grill gift cards, Bunker Hills merchandise and Bunker Hills rounds of golf.

Registration information is available on the golf course website at www.bunkerhillsgolf.com.

The Coon Rapids Junior Royalty Pageant will be Saturday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m., at Coon Rapids High School auditorium.

Tickets cost $8 and dozens of silent auction items will be available to bid on.

A seniors only Snowflake Days event is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6. Snowflake Bingo is at 10:30 a.m. at the Coon Rapids Civic Center and is presented by Coon Rapids Senior Services.

There will be free bingo with prizes and a frozen treat from Culver’s of Coon Rapids. Call 763-767-6473 to reserve a spot.

Snowflake Days 2013 concludes Saturday, Feb. 9 with the annual children’s carnival at Epiphany School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sponsored by the Coon Rapids Snowflake Association and hosted by the families of the newly-crowned Coon Rapids Junior Royalty families, the event will feature face painting, disc jockey, magic show at 11:45 a.m., concessions, carnival games and prizes.

Sponsors of the 2013 Coon Rapids Snowflake Days include Coon Rapids Rotary Club, Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club, Coon Rapids Professional Firefighters Local 1935, Bunker Hills Golf Course, Harvest Grill, Probiz Sports, ABC Newspapers and CTN Studios.

“Thanks to the numerous volunteers and friends of the Snowflake Association and its events for your ongoing support and assistance,” Buszta said.

Schedule

The 2013 Coon Rapids Snowflake Days begins Saturday, Jan. 26 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 9.

The schedule is:

Saturday, Jan. 26

• Kids’ medallion hunt, Al Flynn Park for kids ages five to 10 with girls’ only hunt at 1 p.m. and boys’ only hunt at 1:30 p.m. At noon gather at Coon Rapids Fire Station 1 for a tour; parking at Al Flynn Park only.

• Chili and hot dog feed, 4 to 7 p.m., at Epiphany School Cafeteria. Freewill offering for local foodshelves; bring non-perishable food items for the food shelf. Call 763-755-1020.

• Sock hop community dance, 6 to 9 p.m., Epiphany School gymnasium, free but bring a non-perishable food item for the food shelf. Dress in ‘50s and ‘60s attire.

Thursday, Jan. 31

• Annual Mayor’s Cup Simulator Golf Tournament, Bunker Hills Golf Course Clubhouse.

Friday, Feb. 1

• Annual Mayor’s Cup Simulator Golf Tournament, Bunker Hills Golf Course Clubhouse.

Saturday, Feb. 2

• Annual Mayor’s Cup Simulator Golf Tournament, Bunker Hills Golf Course Clubhouse.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

• Snowflake bingo for seniors, 10:30 a.m., Coon Rapids Senior Center.

Saturday, Feb. 9

• Children’s carnival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Epiphany School.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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