Snowflake Days begins in Coon Rapids

The first weekend of the 2014 Coon Rapids Snowflake Days, which marks its 50th anniversary this year, has four events.

The Mayor Cup simulated golf tournament got Snowflake Days started yesterday evening (Thursday, Jan. 23) with first round play, which continues this evening (Friday, Jan. 24) with more first round matches at 5:30 p.m.

The first round concludes at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 25) with the finals at 5:30 p.m.

Thirty-two pairs of golfers are competing in the first round with the top eight advancing to the final.

The winner will be the team with the lowest two-round total in the 18-hole, two-person scramble.

Other events the first weekend are the kids’ medallion hunt and a community sock hop Saturday, a family skating event Sunday and men’s softball in the snow tournament both days.

The kids’ medallion hunt is scheduled at Al Flynn Park, which is adjacent to Lilli-Putt Entertainment Center off Coon Rapids Boulevard.

There will be both a boys’ and girls’ division for children ages five to 10, with the girls’ hunt at 10:30 a.m. and the boys to follow.

A minimum of 10 children for each hunt is required for it to take place. The winning girl and boy will each receive a $200 gift certificate to Jerry’s Schwinn Cyclery.

The children’s medallion hunt is sponsored by the Coon Rapids Firefighters Local 1935.

Participants will be hosted at Fire Station 1 on Egret Boulevard at 10 a.m. with hot chocolate, a tour of the fire station and a chance to have a photo taken with firefighters.

Parking for the medallion hunt is at the park, not the fire station. The fire station is a short walk from the park.

The softball in the snow tournament at Sand Creek Park Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25 and 26 is back after a long absence from Snowflake Days.

It will be a 16-team double elimination event with cash prizes – $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $120 for third place.

Entry fee is $120 plus two softballs for each team. The tournament is sponsored by the Shortstop Bar and Grill.

Participants in the annual community sock hop at Sand Creek Elementary School from 4-6 p.m. are invited to dress up in 1950s and 1960s attire, including poodle skirts and saddle shoes.

Music for dancing will be provided by professional disc jockey Eric Christensen of Eclectic Entertainment with DJ E. There will also concessions and glow in the dark necklaces.

Members of the 2013 Coon Rapids Junior Royalty and the 2014 pageant candidates will be present.

The event is free, but non-perishable food items will be accepted for donation to the elementary school’s food shelf. In addition, donations of children’s books, hats and gloves are appreciated.

A family skating event at the Coon Rapids Ice Center, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26 is a new Snowflake Days activity this year. There will be no charge to skate on the indoor ice at the ice center or on the refrigerated outdoor rink.

For more information on 2014 Coon Rapids Snowflake Days, go to coonrapidssnowflakedays.weebly.com

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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