Same festival, different park as annual community celebration moves to Silver View


Games, inflatables and more will be set up throughout the day on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Silver View Park.

This year’s Festival in the Park parade will be held on Friday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m., and will feature plenty of music, entertainment and candy for Mounds View residents of all ages. (file photos)

Classic cars will be parked at Silver View Park, located at the intersection of Silver Lake Road and County Road I, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, as part of the festival.

Summer is scooting on by, but it’s not over yet. There’s plenty of fun left to soak up in the sun, and one perfect way to catch some rays is at the Mounds View Festival in the Park. The annual celebration is just around the corner, and it’s packed with activities and entertainment sure to bring smiles to everyone in the community. 

The two-day extravaganza will take place on Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17. There will be live music, funky crafts, crave-worthy fair food, games and fireworks sure to please all ages.

While tried-and-true traditions, like bingo and the car show, will be back again this year, there will also be some changes to the festival.

For the first time, the celebration will take place in Silver View Park, not City Park. This new location is at the southeast corner of the intersection of Silver Lake Road and County Road I.

Also, this year’s parade will kick things off on Friday night at 7 p.m., as opposed to marching on Saturday morning.

With these two important changes in mind, apply that sunscreen, grab that hat and get ready to celebrate Mounds View with friends and neighbors this August. 

 

Same parade route, different day 

This year, the fun starts a day early, with the festival’s parade taking place on Friday night. Marchers will travel the same route as last year, starting from and ending at the Mounds View Community Center. 

The parade will feature music, floats and treats for the little ones. According to festival organizer Theresa Cermak, the emphasis will be on local, Mounds View groups. 

“It’s going to be a hometown parade,” she says.

Following the parade, festivalgoers can dance the night away in the City Hall parking lot to a live musical performance by The Elements. This local, classic rock group will pump up the jams, while the Lions Club provides concessions to keep that dance floor stamina high. 

The city’s new splash pad — a type of fountain with different play features for children — will also be set up and running in City Hall Park, 2401 Mounds View Blvd., the weekend of the festival. The new amenity opened on Aug. 2; hours are 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. 

 

Early morning action

Don’t stay out too late, though, because the festival’s classic car show begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. It’ll run until 3:30 p.m., with an awards show at 2 p.m. 

People in the mood to get moving can meet at the park for the annual 5K at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. To register, call the Mounds View Community Center at 763-717-4040. 

Another active option is to join the bike races; all different divisions will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Races begin from 2205 Woodale Drive, with same-day registration available. For more information, visit www.mvfestivalinthepark.com/bike-races.

 

Supercharged Saturday 

After the early morning activities, the festival kicks into high gear. Craft vendors, games, bingo and a beer garden — provided by Welsch’s Big 10 Tavern in Arden Hills — all open at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Silver View Park. 

The Mounds View Police Department will have its rock wall set up for most of the day, and will put on a K9 demonstration at 3 p.m. There will also be more live music, with The Jimtones playing rock, soul and funk at 5:30 p.m.

Festivalgoers can while away the afternoon playing games, visiting with local artists and organizations, and listening to music. With so much going on, it’ll be easy to pass the time until the fireworks display at 9:40 p.m.

“The aerials are back!” says Cermak. Last year, the festival was only able to launch ground fireworks, but the display is back in full swing this year at Silver View. 

Although all good things must come to an end, residents can rest assured that the festival will go out with a bang and return next year for another round of community-centered camaraderie. 

For those left wanting more, Cermak says the celebration is always looking for volunteers to help make it possible year to year. For more information and a detailed schedule of events, visit www.mvfestivalinthepark.com.

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