The annual Ramsey Happy Days festival Saturday, Sept. 7 will have some new events.
From the traditional parade to new events such as laser tag, a paintball shooting range and a chili cook-off between the police and fire departments, Ramsey residents will have many fun activities to watch or participate in for this two-day festival near the Ramsey Municipal Center, 7550 Sunwood Drive NW.
To begin fueling your drive for an active Saturday, the Ramsey Foundation will be serving pancakes from 7:30-11 a.m.
The 5K run/walk begins at 8 a.m. Registration is still open for $30. Participants get a T-shirt and a free pancake breakfast. Those registering the day of the event should be arrive around 6:30 a.m. Those who have already pre-registered can pick up their t-shirts and race packet between 7 and 7:45 a.m.
After the more experienced runners finish, a Smile for a Mile Youth Race for 10- to 17-year-olds begins at 9:15 a.m. and a Kids Fun Run for those nine years old and younger kicks off at 10 a.m. Registration for the older kids is $15. The younger runners can participate for free, but are not timed.
The car show from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunwood Drive.
The new environmental expo is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by to see all sorts of animals, plants and raptors and to find out useful information from exhibitors.
Around that same time is the Happy Days Expo for businesses and for those selling crafts or produce and fun activities for kids from inflatables to a rock wall.
The afternoon’s block of activities kicks off at 3 p.m. with the parade down Sunwood Drive.
After the conclusion of the parade around 4:30 p.m., there will be a Renaissance dance era performance by Dance Caravan, a magician show by Ken Shank, bingo, trebuchets, a paintball shooting range and laser tag in the Boy Scouts troops 233 and 623 area and the police officer versus firefighter chili cook-off.
All these activities are free for participation.
There will be second shows by Dance Caravan and the magician at 5:30 p.m. The chili cook-off ends at 6 p.m.
The winner of the Happy Days logo contest will be recognized at 5 p.m.
Off-site at the Ramsey Raceway on the north side of Highway 10 at Armstrong Boulevard will be go-kart and lawn tractor races from 5-9 p.m.
While these races are taking place, the evening activities will be ramping up back up at the Happy Days main stage. American Roadhouse will be playing from 5-7:45 p.m., comedian Tim Gabrielson will be on stage from 7:45-8:30 p.m. and Killer Hayseeds performs from 8:30-11 p.m.
While Killer Hayseeds is on stage, fireworks will be going off starting at 9 p.m.
To find out more, visit www.ci.ramsey.mn.us/happy-days.
Pam Buley has been on the Happy Days planning committee for six years. Although she moved to Otsego in the past year, she was willing to be the chairperson for a second consecutive year because she loves the people and the community involvement.
The committee has become more active during those six years in order to keep the event growing, Buley said. It used to not start meeting until March, but now meets year-round. There are now 12 volunteers on the committee who think of new ideas and coordinate with the people who can put on these events.
Numerous event sponsors make this event possible and Buley is glad Ramsey continues to have a community event of its own.
Eric Hagen is at firstname.lastname@example.org