Tower Days brings in summer

There will be a lot to do the first weekend of summer when Spring Lake Park Tower Days starts June 6.

The three-day celebration starts with a parade on Thursday night at 6 p.m., which will begin at 81st Avenue and Able Street.

All-American Lumberjack Shows’ Nate Greenberg can’t keep his footing during a log race during the 2012 Tower Days. File photo by Bill Jones

All-American Lumberjack Shows’ Nate Greenberg can’t keep his footing during a log race during the 2012 Tower Days. File photo by Bill Jones

It is expected the parade will have between 70 and 80 entries, said Sharie Linke, Spring Lake Park park and recreation program manager.

“It’s a nice parade with a lot of variety,” she said.

In addition to marching bands, Linke said it is likely the St. Paul Winter Carnival and Minneapolis Aquatennial royalty will be adding glitter to the parade.

The three-day citywide garage sale and the parent/child mini golf tournament June 7 will be returning this year.

New to the Tower Days’ roster a value estimate fair.

Certified estate appraiser David C. Schlueter will be at Spring Lake City Hall June 8, 9 to 11 a.m., to look over family heirlooms and other items brought in, including jewelry, dishes, books, collectibles and legibly signed art.

Schlueter will be able to tell people what they could expect to pay to replace the item if it was lost or stolen, Linke said.

While the event does not include grading, authenticating signatures or artifacts, people will receive a one-page report on each piece of property, she said.

Then 10-year-old Payton Moy, Blaine, and seven-year-old Miles Ericson, Spring Lake Park, participate in the 2012 pie eating contest. File photo by Bill Jones

Then 10-year-old Payton Moy, Blaine, and seven-year-old Miles Ericson, Spring Lake Park, participate in the 2012 pie eating contest. File photo by Bill Jones

The cost is $5 per item and people can register in advance or at the door.

“This is such a good opportunity for people,” Linke said.

Also new to the schedule is Stargazing with WCCO-AM meteorologist Mike Lynch.

While the stargazing event has been offered before as part of park and Recreation programs, this is the first time Lynch has come during Tower Days, said Linke.

The June 8 stargazing will be at Lakeside Lions Park, Pleasant Drive and 79th Avenue.

The cost is $5 person or free with a $3 Tower Days button, Linke said.

Pre-registration is required.

While the Senior 500 Tournament is not new, it has a new location this year.

The card tournament has moved to Spring Lake Park City Hall June 7, 1 to 3 p.m., Linke said.

Pre-registration is required, she said.

For people looking for something more competitive, Biff’s Sports Bar is sponsoring a co-ed adult kickball tournament.

Team registration is $110 and the games will take place at Able Park, 8200 Able St. N.E., June 8 and 9.

“This is the first year for the tournament,” Linke said.

Biff’s is also sponsoring a men’s softball tournament, June 8 and 9, at Terrace Park, 410 79th Ave. N.E. The cost is $135 for the team.

Players, age 21 and older, in both tournaments will receive free $20 VIP tickets to the Biff’s street dances on June 7 and 8, featuring bands Hitchville and Boogie Wonderland.

Sunday, June 9 will be a big day for Tower Days.

The day-long event at Lakeside Lions Park begins at 10 a.m. with the Minnesota Street Machine Association (MSMA) car show, an arts and craft show and business fair.

At noon, the Lumberjack Show returns with a variety of events, including log rolling, said Linke.

There will be three 30-minute shows during the day with 10 different lumberjack events, she said.

Jim Berner will be performing music from the ‘50s, ‘60s and country from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Linke said.

For the younger set, or at the very least young at heart, there is a giant slide, bingo, carnival games, water wars, a bouncing combo, face painting and an obstacle course.

All of those are free with a Tower Days button, Linke said.

At 2 p.m., things are bound to get messy with the Bakers Square pie-eating contest.

The event is open to all ages, Linke said.

The interactive Lumberjack event allows festival goers a chance to try logrolling and cross cut sawing.

The day comes to an end with a two-hour concert by the Rockin’ Hollywoods, starting at 6:30 p.m., and a Culver’s frozen custard social at 7 p.m.

Fireworks will be at dusk.

Povlitzki’s will be carrying the Tower Days feeling into a second weekend with a street dance with an ‘80s tribute band June 14, starting at 8 p.m., and an AWF (American Wrestling Federation) wrestling event on June 15, 4 p.m., followed by another ‘80s tribute street dance.

For more information on the events or to pre-register, contact the park and recreation department at 763-792-7201 or go to the website, www.towerdays.com.

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

 
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