Neighbors in Oak Grove celebrated summer Aug. 10 with their first Acorn Day festival since the mid-2000s, and participation exceeded all expectations of the sponsoring Oak Grove Lions Club.
Events began 11 a.m. with a classic car show, where Lions club president Mark Silbernagel and Acorn Day lead coordinator Tim Newell said they had gladly welcomed twice as many owners and vehicles as anticipated.
According to the Lions club, it received registrations for a high number of craft and vendor business booths as well. Those entry fees support further programs and service efforts of the club.
A silent auction raised money specifically for future Acorn Day festivals, and Silbernagel, Newell and other Lions agreed that the reborn project will become an annual tradition. They may schedule events over two days and add a parade back in the mix in the coming years.
Attractions this year included bingo games hosted by the Oak Grove Seniors Club, while children’s activities featured minnow races and a reel casting contest coordinated by the Lake George Conservation Club.
Guests could visit with a K-9 unit from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Department and tour special vehicles such as a Lions wellness van and Oak Grove fire engines. Mayor Mark Korin drove his Allis-Chalmers tractor and offered hay rides from the city hall lot.
All participants were nourished through the afternoon and early evening with tasty foods such as popcorn, roasted sweet corn and ice cream, where guests could add toppings for sundaes. They gave donations for the sundaes in support of the North Anoka County Emergency Foodshelf.