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GALLERY: Washington County Fair 2018

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

Aundrea Kinney/Review

4H youth Kathleen and Molly showed llamas Coppertone and Paloosoo at the Washington County Fair Aug. 5.

Pig races are a popular event at the Washington County Fair, which was held Aug. 1-5.

Bayli of Scandia sat with Mimi, the 2-year-old crested magpie duck, in the shade of a barn at the Washington County Fair Aug. 5.

Nate and Katie competed against each other in the Rock, Paper, Scissors contest, which garnered attention from children and adults alike.

The Red Rock Swing Band performed jazzy tunes Aug. 5 that listeners couldn’t help but get up and dance to. This was a new feature at the 2018 fair.

Carnival rides are a perennial fair favorite, especially among children.

08/15/2018 - 1:41pm
GALLERY: Another successful National Night Out on the books

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

A neighborhood party held in Maplewood near the corner of Lydia Avenue and Howard Street offered neighbors a chance to chat over delicious food and yard games. A visitor from the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office brought stickers for the children, and a Maplewood police officer brought color-changing pencils, which were a big hit.

Lake Elmo held its first city-wide National Night Out event in Lions Park Aug. 7, marking the 35th anniversary of the national community-building campaign. The festivities in Lake Elmo included a variety of emergency vehicles on display, live music, pedal-powered go-carts and a bounce house, as well as booths from several local businesses offering a variety of snacks, crafts, games and freebees to those in attendance.

The event at North St. Paul’s Casey Lake Park included a visit from firefighters and police officers, a bounce house and a cake walk, in which kids won prizes like snacks, plastic baseball bats, bubbles or water toys.

Vivian was one of the lucky kids who got a chance to test out the driver’s seat of an Oakdale ambulance, which was parked at a National Night Out party in the 6900 block of 26th Street in Oakdale.

08/15/2018 - 1:00pm
GALLERY: Mounds View Festival in the Park 2018

Hannah Burlingame photos

Last festival, the Irondale Dance Team took a break from walking the parade route to show off their dance moves. City Hall’s parking lot turned into a food court during the festival. Visitors to the festival could make their own sand creation, complete with a fuzzy topper. A hit with the kids was the inflatable bouncy house, complete with slide.

Last festival the area behind City Hall by the water tower once again filled with cars of all shapes, sizes and years for the annual car show.

Officer Nick Erickson and K-9 Niko gave a demonstration on Aug. 19 including agility and narcotics detection.

There was no shortage of candy for kids…or their parents.

The Irondale Marching Knights traveled down Bronson Drive to help kickoff the parade.

There was a variety of games for kids, including the popular duck game.

08/14/2018 - 10:20am
GALLERY: VillageFest ‘18 – Clouds and smiles

Solomon Gustavo photos

Solomon Gustavo photos

St. Anthony VilllageFest  made its way through town Aug. 3-5. It came and went, traveling alongside some rain and storm clouds. But that didn’t stop the many smiling St. Anthony villagers from lining St. Anthony Boulevard for the Aug. 3 parade or heading to Central Park on Silver Lake Road to partake in festival food, art vendors, a petting zoo, car show and live music. 

08/13/2018 - 3:35pm
GALLERY: Heroes, mount up

Mike Munzenrider photos

Mike Munzenrider photos

It was all hot summer fun in Little Canada Aug. 5 as the Canadian Days parade rolled through town, complete with members of the St. Paul Vulcan Krewe. The theme for this year’s Canadian Days, which ran Aug. 3-5 in Little Canada, was “Superhero Headquarters,” and it was evident at the Aug. 5 parade. The festivities also included the Zuhrah Shriners Drum Corps and the Macgillivray Pipe Band, which comes down from Thunder Bay, Ontario, in Canada, each year, as well as fun in and around Spooner Park.

 

08/13/2018 - 3:21pm
GALLERY: Welcome to the neighborhood

Hannah Burlingame photos/Review

Hannah Burlingame photos/Review

Five-year-old Alayna got to take over the driver’s seat when the South Metro Fire Department stopped by her South St. Paul block party.

On Aug. 7, people across the country got together for block parties. Residents in the South-West Review coverage area participated in the Night to Unite too, an evening for neighbors to get together to help build community and and to create awareness around crime prevention.  Marie Park was one gathering spot in Mendota Heights where kids could play and adults could chat.

Residents at the Sanctuary in West St. Paul held an event to thank first responders in the area, complete with a barbecue.

Mendota Heights Police Chief Kelly McCarthy visited with not just two-legged residents at parties, but those of the four-legged persuasion as well.

08/13/2018 - 12:41pm
GALLERY: Sun-kissed Slice

Solomon Gustavo photos

Solomon Gustavo photos

The Slice of Shoreview Days Parade rolled through town on July 28. More photos of the annual summer festival are on page 12.

Slice of Shoreview Days came and went over the very sunny weekend of July 27-29, shutting down Island Lake County Park on Victoria Street with food and art vendors, a petting zoo, car show, parade, carnival, live music, fireworks and general community merriment. 

08/06/2018 - 1:44pm
GALLERY: Celebrating all things Mendota

Hannah Burlingame photos/Review

Hannah Burlingame photos/Review

Fresh from a trip to Washington D.C., for the national Independence Day Parade, the Henry Sibley Marching Band performed its 2018 parade show.

Despite a hot July 14, people lined up along Sibley Memorial Highway, with some seeking out the little shade offered by area businesses, for the Mendota Day 2018 parade.

Some of the Zhurah Shrine Patrol walked their way down the parade route — others took the Segway option.

A member of Kalpulli Huitzillin performed a traditional Aztec dance.

A member of the Vulcan Krewe made a hot day even hotter when he lit his sword on fire.

There was no shortage of candy being thrown to those along the parade route.

A staple at any parade, the Shriners clown brought the laughs and the smiles.

As the Mendota Heights Fire Department drove by, a little boy waved to what could possibly be a future career choice

07/20/2018 - 12:35pm
GALLERY: Ramsey County Fair - A time for family and friends

Marjorie Otto photos/Review

Marjorie Otto photos/Review 

A classic fair tradition is checking out items residents have made and entered at the fair. There were jars of preserves, baked goods, hand-sewn items and art that Ramsey County residents entered to be judged.

The Ramsey County Fair prides itself on being one of the few free admission fairs with plenty of free entertainment, including talent shows, live bands, bingo and other activities.

Farmer Norm, the magician farmer, was a hit with the kids, pulling objects from behind their ears and making things appear and disappear, all while teaching them about the impact of Minnesota farmers.

Some families opted for a nontraditional family portrait at the fair.

A favorite attraction at the fair was the petting zoo, where families could feed a slew of unique animals including camels, alpacas, goats, zebus, donkeys and more.

A popular activity at the fair — for both adults and kids — was floating on water in a bubble. The trick was trying to stay up while running around.

While it was quite toasty, some visitors tried to cool off while being flung through the air on midway rides.

07/20/2018 - 12:04pm
GALLERY: Acorn Award winners

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review & Submitted Photos

COVER PHOTOS (1-4) : The City of Oakdale recognizes its most beautifully landscaped properties through its annual Acorn Award program. This year the winning properties were Dave Kircher’s and Becky Buckner’s home at 6532 49th St., The TLC Veterinary Hospital property at 1490 Helmo Ave., the Echo Ridge Senior Living property at 1033 Gershwin Ave., and Oakfield Park located off Helmo Avenue in the Olson Lake Estates neighborhood. Aundrea Kinney photos/Review • Submitted photos

RESIDENTIAL (5-8) : Dave Kircher’s and Becky Buckner’s terraced front yard offers a natural-looking blend of stones, trees and shrubs, with lilies providing a splash of color. Though not part of the Acorn Award, their favorite part of the garden is the patio located beside the house. 

COMMERCIAL (9-11) : One of the hospital’s veterinarians is photographed with the city council next to a stone riverbed, which incorporates rocks found on the property during the landscaping. The TLC Veterinary Hospital property intermingles pink spirea between a variety of greenery at the border of a manicured lawn.  

MULTI-FAMILY (12-15) : Several of the Echo Ridge residents are photographed with city council members during the council’s tour of the property. Echo Ridge Senior Living showcases three flowerbeds and several planters, which provide the property bright color all summer. Residents help choose the color scheme and annual flowers displayed on the property. Aundrea Kinney photos/Review • Submitted photos

PUBLIC (16-19) : Thanks to the help of many dedicated volunteers, a hill at the edge of the Oakfield Park property was planted with a variety of native and pollinator friendly trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. Aundrea Kinney photos/Review • Submitted photos

07/17/2018 - 8:22am

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