Snowflake Days begins the 2013 celebration

Three events kick off the 2013 Coon Rapids Snowflake Days celebration Saturday, Jan. 26.

snowflake buttonThe 49th annual Snowflake Days runs through Saturday, Feb. 9.

Tomorrow there will be a kids’ medallion hunt in the early afternoon, a chili and hot dog feed in the late afternoon and early evening and a sock hop community dance in the evening.

The kids’ medallion hunt takes place at Al Flynn Park. It is open to boys and girls ages five to 10 with the girls’ hunt at 1 p.m. and the boys’ hunt at 1:30 p.m.

The winners of each division will receive a gift certificate to Erik’s Bike Shop, courtesy of the Coon Rapids Professional Firefighters Local 1935.

At noon, prior to the medallion hunt, there will be a chance for participants to visit and explore Coon Rapids Fire Station 1 on Egret Boulevard and take photos with firefighters.

Parking is only allowed at Al Flynn Park, but there is a walking trail linking the park with the fire station.

The event is sponsored by Coon Rapids Professional Firefighters Local 1935.

The chili and hot feed will be in the Epiphany Catholic School cafeteria from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

The feed, which will include chili, corn bread, hot dogs (plain and with chili) and salad, is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

Those attending should bring non-perishable food items for the food shelf; there will also be a freewill offering with all net proceeds going to local foodshelves.

Epiphany School is located at 11001 Hanson Blvd., Coon Rapids. For more information call 763-755-1020.

The sock hock community dance, which will be in the gymnasium of Epiphany Catholic School from 6 to 9 p.m., is hosted by the Coon Rapids Junior Royalty and the Snowflake Association.

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 following weekend will have two events.

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.

Registration information is available on the golf course website at

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

Tickets cost $8 and dozens of silent auction items will be available for bidding.

The annual Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant, which normally takes place in the evening after the Junior Royalty Pageant, was moved to November 2012.

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.

The final event of Snowflake Days 2013 is 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, 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.

Coon Rapids Snowflake Days began in 1964 as a Jaycee project.

By 1968, the celebration had grown enough to require broader sponsorship so the Coon Rapids Snowflake Association was created.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]