Fifteenth annual Ramsey Happy Days had a lot to offer

Ramsey Happy Days offered a wide variety of activities from the 5K run after sunrise to the fireworks after sunset.

“I think we had a really good turnout,” said Meghan Mathson, a city of Ramsey intern who helped coordinate this year’s festivities with the Happy Days committee.

There were 110 participants in the 5K run, according to data at the registration table. There was a friendly rivalry between Councilmembers John LeTourneau and Jason Tossey. LeTourneau ended up running the fastest time of the two.

Mathson said there was also a good turnout for the car show and parade. After the parade, a city public works department water truck sprayed kids who wanted to cool off.

One of the most popular activities was comedian Tim Gabrielson’s show in the evening.

Mathson said there was an overflow crowd in the tent where the show was presented.

There were 110 participants for Ramsey Happy Days’ 5K run the morning of Sept. 7. Photo by Eric Hagen Rick Ressler hands out water to 5K runners Bob Finke (314) and Jason Chrudimsky (345) near The Draw Park. The other volunteers pictured are Rick’s son Evan and Tim Buley. The city of Ramsey public works department sprayed water to cool down the kids after the parade. Those going to the 15th annual Ramsey Happy Days celebration Sept. 7 had to deal with temperatures in the 90s and high humidity. Beyond the business exhibition area were some fun activities for kids to try out from a rock climbing tower to power bungee to inflatable slides. Susan Anderson of Ramsey tries the Chile Verde Con Puerco served by Kristin Camacho of the Ramsey Police Department and the Happy Café Chili served by Matt Kohner of the Ramsey Fire Department. Thaniel Bentz, 8, of Ramsey looks in a glass case that contains a salamander, wood frog, tree frog and a toad while 3-year-old Lilyana Riley of St. Francis tries to capture mosquito larvae at the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District station in the environment expo area of Ramsey Happy Days. Cub Scouts Pack 623 members Cameron Gray, 10, of Anoka and Ethan Heifort, 9, of Ramsey help Lilana, 4, and Nehemiah, 6, Rousu of Big Lake fire a trebuchet loaded with some vegetables. Boy Scout Troop 623 under the leadership of Travis and Joy Heifort created this trebuchet and brought it to Happy Days for the second time Sept. 7. The 15th annual Ramsey Happy Days was held Sept. 7 near the Ramsey Municipal Center.
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Cub Scouts Pack 623 members Cameron Gray, 10, of Anoka and Ethan Heifort, 9, of Ramsey help Lilana, 4, and Nehemiah, 6, Rousu of Big Lake fire a trebuchet loaded with some vegetables. Boy Scout Troop 623 under the leadership of Travis and Joy Heifort created this trebuchet and brought it to Happy Days for the second time Sept. 7.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]