Final weekend of Snowflake Days 50th anniversary celebration

The 50th anniversary of the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days celebration comes to an end this weekend.

There is an event this evening (Friday, Feb. 14), another tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 15) and two on the final day, Sunday, Feb. 16.

Tim Mahoney rocked the night away during his performance as part of a Feb. 6 acoustic concert at the Harvest Grill, presented during this year’s 50th anniversary of Coon Rapids Snowflake Days festivities. Mahoney and GB Leighton each presented hour-long performances to the sold-out crowd and then signed autographs, posed for “selfies” and chatted with fans after the final chords were struck. Photo by Sue Austreng

Tim Mahoney rocked the night away during his performance as part of a Feb. 6 acoustic concert at the Harvest Grill, presented during this year’s 50th anniversary of Coon Rapids Snowflake Days festivities. Mahoney and GB Leighton each presented hour-long performances to the sold-out crowd and then signed autographs, posed for “selfies” and chatted with fans after the final chords were struck. Photo by Sue Austreng

The Valentine’s Day Sno Ball Dance takes place Feb. 14, 7-11 p.m., at the Coon Rapids Civic Center.

Hors d’oeuvres, punch and coffee will be served, there will be a cash bar available and live music will be provided by The Tony Garry Band.

At 8 p.m., winners will be announced of the snow sculpture contest, for which judging took place Feb. 9.

The cost to attend the dance is $15 per person and $25 per couple.

A traditional Snowflake Days event, the children’s carnival, takes place Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Sand Creek Elementary School, 12156 Olive St.

Sponsored by the Coon Rapids Snowflake Association and hosted by the 2014 Coon Rapids Junior Royalty families, the event will feature face painting, carnival games, crafts, “fair hair,” prizes and refreshments.

There will also be a magic show at 11:45 a.m., for which there is no charge.

Game tickets are 25 cents each or five for $1.

One event planned for Feb. 15 has been canceled. That’s a boot hockey tournament that was scheduled at the Keith Howard Memorial Outdoor Rink at the Coon Rapids Ice Center.

The two events on tap for Sunday are both at Bunker Hills, one in the clubhouse and the other on the golf course.

The Coon Rapids High School Nordic ski team will have cross country skiing activities for the entire family on the golf course.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, ski lessons will be offered by ski team members, then at 11 a.m. individual sprint qualifications will take place.

A 5K tour event starts at noon, then at 1 p.m., there will be semifinals and the final in the individual sprint.

The sprint event has three age groups – high school (under 19), 19-34 and 35 and older, both male and female.

From 8-9:30 a.m. there is participant check-in, walk-up registration and ski rental for those who have no equipment.

Race day registration is $10 for sprints, $5 for ski rental and instruction and $5 for the tour event.

Inside the Bunker Hills Clubhouse PGA Hall of Fame room will be a Snowflake Days Arts Expo for all Coon Rapids students from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There are four divisions – grades kindergarten-two, three-five, six-eight and nine-12 – with prizes to the first-place winner in each group.

The winner of the Snowflake Days adult medallion hunt will also be presented with their prize at 1 p.m. at the Harvest Grill inside the clubhouse Feb. 16.

The $500 cash prize has been provided by Frank Mannella and Cedar Valley Exteriors.

Clues have been posted on the Snowflake Days website (www.coonrapidssnowflakedays.weebly.com) every morning at 8 a.m. since the Snowflake Days celebration began Jan. 23.

Trivia contest

It’s the fourth and final week of the Coon Rapids history trivia contest, which has taken place throughout the 50th anniversary of Coon Rapids Snowflake Days.

The fourth question is, “What social service operation occupied the site of the current Coon Rapids High School athletic field?”

The first three questions related to Coon Rapids history were published in the Coon Rapids Herald and posted on the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days website (www.coonrapidssnowflakedays.weebly.com) Jan. 24, 31 and Feb. 7.

Community members can submit their answers by completing a form found on the “Coon Rapids Trivia Contest” page of the Snowflake Days website.

A $125 cash prize is awarded to one winner on each of the four contest dates via a random drawing of all correct answers.

The prizes are sponsored by Coon Rapids-based Cedar Valley Exteriors.

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