Five-day celebration ends run at Sand Creek Park

The five-day Coon Rapids Fourth of July celebration ended at Sand Creek Park Sunday.

Brothers Cameron Boldt, 2 1/2, and Colton Boldt, 6, ride the boat in the midway Saturday during Coon Rapids’ Fourth of July celebration.
Brothers Cameron Boldt, 2 1/2, and Colton Boldt, 6, ride the boat in the midway Saturday during Coon Rapids’ Fourth of July celebration.

The annual event was sponsored by the Coon Rapids Fire Social Group, the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club and the Coon Rapids Community Strength Foundation.

It began July 3 with the annual parade, the opening day of the carnival and a performance by The Splatter Sisters.

Large crowds flocked to the park for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display the night of July 4.

Live music was performed that evening by the band, The Kill-a-brews, both before and after the fireworks.

Activities over the Fourt of July weekend featured the fourth annual Crafts at the Creek on both Saturday and Sunday and the second annual car show Saturday evening.

There were some 28 craft booths set up for people to browse on one of the softball fields in Sand Creek Park during Crafts at the Creek.

The car show includes cars, trucks and motorcycles, both hot rods and classics.

All vehicle owners participating contributed $5 to the Anoka County Brotherhood Council Food Shelf.

There were also band shows both Friday and Saturday evenings by Shag and The Arcades, respectively.

The midway was open each day Wednesdays through Saturday so was the firefighters bingo and pull tabs tent.

Members of the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club manned the concession stand at the park all five days of the celebration.

Brothers Cameron Boldt, 2 1/2, and Colton Boldt, 6, ride the boat in the midway Saturday during Coon Rapids’ Fourth of July celebration. Haley Brock, 3, is on the boat ride at the midway. Sophia Adams, 3 1/2, and Mason Robertson, 11 1/2, come down the Fun Slide together. Coon Rapids Fire Capt. Aaron Johnston was the caller in the Coon Rapids Fire Social Group’s bingo tent during the Coon Rapids Fourth of July celebration at Sand Creek Park Saturday afternoon. The celebration began July 3 and ended Sunday. Jeremy and Stephanie Shomo and their daughters, Madelyn, 6, and Mikayla, 9, browse the craft show at Sand Creek Park Saturday. The Olson sisters enjoy their ride on the carousel in the midway at Sand Creek Park Saturday afternoon. Dad Jim Olson assists Vivian, 19 months, while Claudia, 6, rides alone.
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Coon Rapids Fire Capt. Aaron Johnston was the caller in the Coon Rapids Fire Social Group’s bingo tent during the Coon Rapids Fourth of July celebration at Sand Creek Park Saturday afternoon. The celebration began July 3 and ended Sunday.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]