St. Stephen’s annual Summerfest celebration starts June 20

Rain or shine, summer is a time to celebrate and the folks at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church invite everyone to join the church’s 35th-annual Summerfest event.

Fun and games come outside at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church for the 35th-annual Summerfest June 20-21.

Fun and games come outside at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church for the 35th-annual Summerfest June 20-21. Photo submitted

This year, Summerfest kicks off with a 6-10 p.m. dance party June 20. A disc jockey will make the music come alive with toes tapping and people dancing.

A Heads or Tails raffle game will also be played during the kick-off party, concessions will be available and the beer tent open for business.

On Saturday, June 21, the fun starts with a 9:30 a.m. Sun Run 5K event. Back at the church campus, kids games and inflatable playgrounds set the stage for fun for all ages, said Summerfest coordinator Monica Freeman.

And there’s fun for adults who are still “a kid at heart,” Freeman said.

“We’re having a Hamster Ball Race course this year, too, and anyone from the littlest kids to adults can play,” she said.

For the Hamster Ball Race, contestants climb inside a giant plastic ball and race around the course.

Other Summerfest Saturday activities include a craft fair, Bingo, beer tent, and live entertainment throughout the day. Music groups scheduled to perform include a Hispanic folk dance group, an Irish dance group, the Basement Brass Band, Blue Fire,  the Tim Miller Band, and an accordion club.

Raffle tickets will also be for sale during Summerfest with the drawing at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Prizes include $12,000 in cash prizes and two iPad Airs, Freeman said.

“We want everyone to know that all are welcome and it’s a lot of fun,” Freeman said, inviting the community to attend the 2014 Summerfest celebration.

St. Stephen’s is located at 525 Jackson St., Anoka.

 Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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