Blaine’s annual summer festival kicks off this weekend

A parade, carnival, petting zoo, live street dances and a craft fair are just a few examples of the many activities that will take place at the volunteer-run Blaine Festival.

Faith Cichocki, 7, feeds the baby Dromedary Camel at the petting zoo during last year’s Blaine Festival.File photo by Bill Jones

Faith Cichocki, 7, feeds the baby Dromedary Camel at the petting zoo during last year’s Blaine Festival.File photo by Bill Jones

Most of the June 28-30 community festival, with the exceptions being the parade and an 8K run/4K walk, will take place at Aquatore Park, which is located at 9191 Lincoln St. NE at the northwest corner of highways 10 and 65.

Although most activities will be next weekend, the Fourth of July fireworks will at the National Sports Center, starting at 10 p.m. An 8:30 a.m. flag raising ceremony will also take place July 4 at Blaine City Hall.

The schedule of events for the June 28-30 portion of the Blaine Festival can be found at www.blainefestival.org. The festival officially kicks off 5 p.m. Friday, June 28 and ends 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30.

Parking and all street dances and shows are free.

Saturday, June 29 offers the most variety of any day. The parade begins noon at the corner of Jefferson Street and 117th Avenue, and travels south on Jefferson to Territorial Road before ending by Madison Elementary School.

The kids’ carnival will be open during the entire festival. The curling and softball tournaments are Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30. The “Cruzin into Summer” car show is Sunday. Kevin Hall, a 2011 semifinalist on “America’s Got Talent,” is scheduled for three shows on both June 29 and 30.

Some new attractions will be a Jump Around Dance Party for kids, free health screenings sponsored by the Blaine Central Lions Club, lawn care seminars by Mickman Brothers, the USA-1 monster truck crushing some junk vehicles at Aquatore Park after the parade and a curling tournament at the new facility at the Fogerty Ice Arena.

An 8K run/4K walk at Lakeside Commons Park begins 8:30 a.m. Sunday, June 30. The car show at Aquatore Park will be from about 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Cloud 10 will be playing classic rock and roll tunes starting 11:30 a.m. Saturday and will be followed by the Xtra Added Soul band starting at 3:30 p.m.

Headlining the Friday night street dance will be the original members of Austin Healy. GB Leighton will perform Saturday night. Both performances will be from approximately 7:30-11:30 p.m. Jonah & the Whales will take the stage at noon Sunday and play until the 4 p.m. community festival conclusion.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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