Thousands come to Aquatore Park for Blaine Festival

The weather was calm for most of the Blaine Festival this past weekend from Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29. For a short time Saturday afternoon, everyone scrambled for cover when a thunderstorm moved through the area.

When there was not a deluge of rain, there were carnival rides and games, magic shows, band performances, a parade and much more amongst the delicious food.

 MaKenzie Klein and Ben Myers chase down bubbles while waiting for the Blaine Festival parade to start. Photos by Eric Hagen Eileen Oestreich, 88, and Peggy Compton, 90, celebrated their birthdays June 26 and June 23 respectively. They donned crowns as they watched with other family members from the home of Oestreich’s daughter Suzanne Compton and Compton’s son Jerome Compton. A veteran gave everyone a thumbs up to let everyone know it was a great day for a parade. Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Chief Nyle Zikmund drove this refurbished fire engine amongst all the modern machinery. This truck is equipped with a bell, not a loud siren. Three high school marching bands were amongst the musical entertainment during the parade. Shown here is the Osceola High School Marching Chiefs. Lily Giles and other friends got a “mustache” from The Vulcan Krewe. Magician Kevin Hall is puzzled that the handkerchief is not disappearing, but Hall figured out that he just need a bigger magic wand. Amy Unterberger and her son Drew got a carnival ride in just before a thunderstorm rolled in Saturday afternoon, June 28. Some loved this carnival ride. Others were not so sure why they boarded. Aquatore Park was the hub of activity for the Blaine Festival, including dozens of carnival rides and games.
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Eileen Oestreich, 88, and Peggy Compton, 90, celebrated their birthdays June 26 and June 23 respectively. They donned crowns as they watched with other family members from the home of Oestreich’s daughter Suzanne Compton and Compton’s son Jerome Compton.

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