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.

Olivia Koester is at olivia.koester@ecm-inc.com

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