Rosefest 2015 promises goers will ‘be dazzled’

Rosefest 2015 will dazzle and delight even the youngest of attendees. It begins June 25. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Rosefest 2015 will dazzle and delight even the youngest of attendees. It begins June 25. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Rosefest is back in a "dazzling" six-day format and ends with a bang, quite literally.
Roseville's annual summer festival, this year held June 25 through June 29, with its annual July 4 Party in the Park, features many traditional favorites with some new additions.

Thursday's healthy twist
This year's festivities have a a healthy spin with activities like the Community Wellness Fair on Thursday, June 25, the annual Run/Roll for the Roses June 27 and a golf tournament June 28.
The Taste of Rosefest, hosted by the Rotary Club of Roseville, will take place on Thursday, June 25, from 5 — 9 p.m. at the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum at Central Park. Sample food from local vendors, take a chance at the wine wall and listen to some great music with friends and family. More information is available at www.tasteofrosefest.org.
Thursday also marks the kick-off of the Golden Rose Medallion Hunt. Use your powers of deduction to determine where the medallion might be, and use social media to keep other sleuths on their toes.

Resident appreciation
Friday, June 26, is "Resident Appreciation Day." Events like "9 and Dine on a Dime" at Cedarholm Golf Course and free open skating at the Roseville Skating Center guarantee fun all day. That evening at 7 p.m., be transported to Emerald City with a production of "The Wizard of Oz" at the Frank Rog Ampitheatre, put on by local actors of all ages through Roseville Calvary Church.

Running and rolling
The 5K/10K run and 10K roll start bright and early at 7:55 a.m. on Saturday, June 27. Spectators are welcome to find a spot along the course to cheer on family members, coworkers and neighbors. The half-mile family fun run starts at 9:15 a.m. For information about road closures that morning, visit www.cityofroseville.com.
Continuing an outdoor tradition, the Harriet Alexander Nature Center will host the Great American Backyard Campout at 5 p.m. June 27. This event takes place at different locations across the U.S. that night. Grab your family, a tent and s'mores ingredients and prepare to have a great night of camping. If you're not into sleeping outside overnight, there's a campfire from 7 — 9 p.m. that evening as well. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Teeing up
The Outback Golf Tournament at Cedarholm Golf Course has tee times starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 28. The tournament features on-course contests and prizes as well as food from Outback Steakhouse. Reserve a tee time by calling 651-633-TEES (8337).
If you've never owned a Porsche but have always dreamed of seeing one up close, that wish can come true from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, at the Central Park Dale Street Athletic Fields where the Nord Stern Porsche Club will hold a car show. Contributions will be accepted for Courage Center.

25 years of candy and floats
The 25th annual Rose Parade will start at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, June 29, and features dozens of units including marching bands, area cities' royalty and local organizations — and don't forget about the candy. This year's grand marshall is departing Roseville Area Schools superintendent John Thein, along with celebrity grand marshalls, TV newscasters Jason DeRusha and Jamie Yuccas.
The Rose Parade will begin at RAHS and end near the Roseville Skating Center. Traffic on the roads of the parade route will be re-routed starting at varying times in the evening. Visit www.rosefestparade.org for more information.

Party for the U.S.A.
To top it all off, on Saturday, July 4, the city will host its annual "Party in the Park" culminating with a fireworks display at Central Park over Bennett Lake. Several musical acts will precede the main event, including the Roseville Big Band at 7:30 p.m. and Roseville Community Band at 9 p.m. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.

For more information about Rosefest 2015, visit www.cityofroseville.com/2564/Rosefest.

—Johanna Holub

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