Show goes on for rainy Tower Days weekend

Despite on and off rain all weekend, Spring Lake Park’s annual Tower Days celebration still attracted plenty of visitors.

“Everything went ahead as scheduled, we didn’t have to make any adjustments,” said Marian Rygwall, parks and recreation director for Spring Lake Park.

Tower Days kicked off the evening of June 6 with the parade, where people lined the route to see 65 different units on display.

Threatening skies held off and there was no rain during the parade, but the wet weather made other appearances throughout the weekend. However, it didn’t stop the fun.

“Even though it was pouring rain, people were standing in line for the water wars games,” said Rygwall.

She said the bungee trampoline was also a popular attraction, even in the wet weather.

Saturday featured Tower Days’ first value estimation fair where people brought in their personal treasures to find out what they might be worth.

“There was everything from pocket watches to works of art,” Rygwall said.

Luckily the rain stopped during a pretty soggy Sunday for all three scheduled performances of the popular lumberjack show.

It then turned into beautiful evening, just in time for the ice cream social and Rockin’ Hollywoods performance.

The weekend’s festivities wrapped up with the fireworks display at dusk.

Lumberjack Mike Fleury on the obstacle course. Photo by Bill Jones. Mike Fleury in the one-person saw competition. Photo by Bill Jones. Kevin Trauschlt in the hot saw competition. Photo by Bill Jones. Kevin Trauschlt taking a dip in the log run event. Photo by Bill Jones. Grand Marshal Jeanne Mason waves a sunny salute to crowds huddled along the misty and cold Spring Lake Park Tower Days Parade route as she leads the promenade down Able Street the evening of June 6. Photo by Sue Austreng The Patriot Band marches past the Spring Lake Park water tower, keeping the beat and raising spirits during a cloudy gray June 6 Tower Days Parade. Photo by Sue Austreng
A Vulcan paints his signature “V” on Marissa Kelley’s face and fellow Vulcans scan the crowd, looking for more bare cheeks to paint during the June 6 Tower Days Parade. Photo by Sue Austreng Clowning around with the best of ‘em, Lino Lakes Lioness Club members scoot down the Tower Days Parade route. Photo by Sue Austreng An energetic crowd of patriotic Tower Days Parade spectators cheer each of the 61 units promenading down Able Street. Photo by Sue Austreng
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Grand Marshal Jeanne Mason waves a sunny salute to crowds huddled along the misty and cold Spring Lake Park Tower Days Parade route as she leads the promenade down Able Street the evening of June 6. Photo by Sue Austreng

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