Tower Days livens up Lakeside Lions Park

The sun was shining for the 39th annual Tower Days in Spring Lake Park June 5-8.

“Fortunately we had good weather,” Parks and Recreation Director Marian Rygwall said. After a rainy Sunday last year, sunshine was due, she said.

Nate Greenberg, left, and Dominik Serpico battle one another in the log roll, demonstrated in three lumberjack shows Sunday. Photo by Olivia Koester
Nate Greenberg, left, and Dominik Serpico battle one another in the log roll, demonstrated in three lumberjack shows Sunday. Photo by Olivia Koester

Sixty-five parade entries rolled down Spring Lake Park streets to start the celebration Thursday, June 5.

Crowds flooded Lakeside Lions Park Sunday, June 8, for the Celebration in the Park. There was much to do.

Ninety-four classic cars were on display just outside of the park.

“It looks like they’re dying,” one mom said, laughing as boys and girls gobbled up blueberry and cherry pie in the afternoon heat, gasping for air and burying their faces in pie again and again in an attempt to win the annual Bakers Square Pie-Eating Contest.

The bleachers were packed for three lumberjack shows, an annual favorite of the festival.

New this year, the Lowe’s Kids Build & Grow Workshop invited little ones to create small woodworking projects to take home. They ran out of kits, and next year they intend to be back with more, according to Rygwall.

Kids and some adults queued up to toss thousands of water balloons at one another and take turns on the bungee trampolines and inflatables.

Always popular, the Rockin’ Hollywoods drew a large crowd, according to Rygwall. “Everybody was dancing,” she said.

Tower Days concluded with a literal bang: fireworks at dusk.

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Lino Lakes Lionesses clown around as they roll down Able Street during the June 5 Tower Days Parade. Photo by Sue Austreng Charlie Haller wears a ‘stache, thanks to a friendly Vulcan who marked the eight-year-old during the Tower Days Parade. Photo by Sue Austreng OEC and EMS students grin after doing the “gurney twist” and parade beneath the tower during the June 5 Tower Days Parade. Photo by Sue Austreng Bumpy the Fishing Hobo lures the little ones as he drops candy along the parade route. Photo by Sue Austreng Spring Lake Park Lions Club members flip pancakes from the float as they motor along the parade route. Photo by Sue Austreng Shaking pompoms and grinning with glee, dancers from Blaine’s Arabesque School of Dance promenade down Able Street. Photo by Sue Austreng The Maple Grove Marching Crimson drum line catches the eye of a miniature music lover as the band parades past him. Photo by Sue Austreng Sherilyn Anderson helps her 7-year-old daughter Emma build a birdhouse at the Lowe’s Kids Build & Grow Workshop, a new event at Spring Lake Park’s Tower Days celebration June 8. Photo by Olivia Koester Levi Carlson, 7, flings a water balloon at his sister Bella. Photo by Olivia Koester Claire Verkuilen, 7, goes in for another bite of pie during the Bakers Square Pie-Eating Contest Sunday. Photo by Olivia Koester Suspended in the air, Annissina Bierbaum-Rice, 11, uses the bungee trampoline. Photo by Olivia Koester “Dot,” Irene Peltier of the Lino Lakes Lionesses, paints a rose on 9-year-old Gail Fern’s cheek. Photo by Olivia Koester Tricia of Tricia and the Toonies performs a family show, new to Tower Days. Her performance aims to teach kids about caring for the earth. Photo by Olivia Koester Two girls debate which flavor of cotton candy will be the tastiest at Tower Days in Spring Lake Park. Photo by Olivia Koester
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Sherilyn Anderson helps her 7-year-old daughter Emma build a birdhouse at the Lowe’s Kids Build & Grow Workshop, a new event at Spring Lake Park’s Tower Days celebration June 8. Photo by Olivia Koester