Summerfest celebration finds fun in the sun

Warm sunny summertime day set the perfect stage for St. Stephen’s Catholic Church’s annual Summerfest celebration.

Assembled on the church campus and parking lot, inflatable playgrounds, a craft fair, concessions, Bingo, a beer tent and live music meant Saturday’s Summerfest had something for everyone.

New this year, the celebration kicked off with a Friday evening dance party – complete with raffles, concessions and a beer tent. And then a 9:30 a.m. Sun Run 5K got the Saturday portion of Summerfest off on the right foot.

The 3.1-mile Sun Run started and ended at Anoka High School. Finishing in 19 minutes, 19 seconds, Mark Leonard took first place in the inaugural event.

Back at the church campus, live entertainment and fun for all attracted crowds of people as the first official day of summer unfolded and the 35th-annual Summerfest celebration welcomed the season.

Reaching for the midday sun, Dominick Mueller climbs to the top of the rock climbing wall when his family stops by St. Stephen’s Summerfest celebration. Photos by Sue Austreng It’s a safe landing for 5-year-old Chance Kopp as he slides down the giant Gorilla Slide at Summerfest. Inflatable playgrounds attracted children ready for some bouncy fun during St. Stephen’s annual Summerfest celebration. The Rince Nua Irish Dance group entertained on the tented stage during the early hours of St. Stephen’s Saturday Summerfest celebration. Mary Ann Toenjes navigates the Hamster Run race course during the June 21 St. Stephen’s Summerfest carnival events. Artists and crafters of all sorts set up shop to sell wares during St. Stephen’s June 21 Summerfest celebration.
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Reaching for the midday sun, Dominick Mueller climbs to the top of the rock climbing wall when his family stops by St. Stephen’s Summerfest celebration. Photos by Sue Austreng

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