Weather cooperates for Blaine Festival

The weather turned out great for this year’s Blaine Festival, which took place mostly at Aquatore Park.

The parade was one of the few events outside Aquatore Park and it drew a good crowd with a wide variety of local and Twin Cities groups participating.

There was a new carnival throughout the festival that included a jump around dance party for kids, free health screenings sponsored by the Blaine Central Lions Club, lawn care seminars by Mickman Brothers of Ham Lake and the USA-1 Monster truck owned by Ham Lake resident Everett Jasmer.

Another new event was the curling tournament at the new curling rink facility at Fogerty Arena. A softball tournament also took place.

Popular attractions making a return included the petting zoo, the business and crafter fair, street dances and much more.

The Sgt. John Rice VFW color guard presenting the U.S. flag on Jefferson Street during the Blaine Festival parade. The Blaine Bengalettes dance team from Blaine High School. The 2013 Blaine Festival royalty. The Blaine-Spring Lake Park Athletic Association youth football players, including Kaden Woods of Blaine, tossed out miniature footballs to the kids during the Blaine Festival parade. The Pageant of Hope is a national pageant for girls with special needs co-founded by two Blaine residents. Kids were excited for candy and this interesting little car as it sped by during the Blaine Festival parade on Jefferson Street. Left to right: Dan Ryehl of Plymouth, Tim Solin of Mahtomedi and Chris Plys of Duluth competing in the first Blaine Festival curling tournament at Fogerty Arena. Sean Parker of Coon Rapids pets a llama at the petting zoo set up at Aquatore Park during the Blaine Festival. The Blaine Police Department led the 2013 Blaine Festival parade. Photos by Eric Hagen Left to right: Enzo, 5, Galilee, 11, and Elsa, 5, Narimani of Fergus Falls ride the carousel in Aquatore Park during the Blaine Festival.
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The Blaine-Spring Lake Park Athletic Association youth football players, including Kaden Woods of Blaine, tossed out miniature footballs to the kids during the Blaine Festival parade.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]