Stockyard Days Festival kicks off Aug. 6

The many events featured in the 36th annual Stockyard Days Festival kick off Aug. 6 and continue through Aug. 14.

Sunday

• The festival begins with the “Corral Open” golf tournament at Brightwood Hills Golf Course on Silver Lake Road in New Brighton. The nine hole golf scramble start times are 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Cars in the 2015 Antique Car Run traveled from New London to Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton. (Sun Focus file photo by Kassie Petermann)

Wednesday

• The kiddie parade and movie night will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Veterans Park on Old Highway 8 behind City Hall. Kids are encouraged to bring their bikes and best costume to star in the parade. Prizes will be given out for best costume and best decorated bike.

• Bring a blanket and chairs and enjoy the movie “Zootopia”. The movie begins at 8:30 p.m. in the park.
Thursday

• This year’s parade, which will feature clowns, bands and more than 40 floats, will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. The parade route will be the same as previous years beginning on 1st Ave between St. John’s Church and Health and Rehabilitation of New Brighton, heads down 10th Street to Old Highway 8, past City Hall and then west on 8th Street. The parade will then turn south on 8th Ave and return to Old Highway 8 ending in front of Oak Grove Community Housing.

Friday

• Activities at Long Lake Regional Park will take place 5-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11. There will be a wide variety of food options, craft and merchandise vendors, bounce houses and games for the kids.

• The band GB Leighton will perform on the main stage from 7-11 p.m.

Saturday

• A 5K run and walk, and a 10K run, and Kids Runs begin at 8 a.m. at Long Lake Regional Park. Register online or by mail before Saturday, Aug. 5, for a $25 entry fee (kids $5). After the 5th or day of $30 (kids $10). Check in begins at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. Kids run starts at 8:45 a.m. Men and women age groups are 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over. Everyone receives a T-shirt, and the top three finishers in each age group receive awards. For more information contact Bruce Nelson at 612-875-9420 or visit http://tinyurl.com/yclgwmqu to register on line.

• Activities at Long Lake Regional Park on Saturday will be 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

• The annual New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run ends at Long Lake Regional Park on Saturday. The finish line is 3-6:30 p.m., and spectators will see approximately 75 veteran cars from 1908 and earlier. The car run will tour more than 120 miles, recreating the London to Brighton Commemorative Run held annually in England. The English Run celebrates the repeal of the “Red Flag” law in 1896. The law banned the first motorized vehicles from using the road unless a man carrying a red flag walked in front of the car.

• Saturday’s street dance will feature the St. Anthony Main Quartet from 11 a.m.-noon, Wayne and The Boys from noon-3 p.m., Damaged Goods from 3-5 p.m., Dirt Road Whiskey from 5-7 p.m. and Hitchville from 7-11 p.m.

• Fireworks will begin around 9:30 p.m. at the park. This year has changed from a high altitude show to a lower level burst, including ground displays.
Sunday

• Activities at Long Lake Regional Park will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual Car Show and Swap Meet will begin at 8 a.m. at the park.

• The duck race at Rice Creek begins at noon, with access to the viewing area on Mississippi Street between Silver Lake Road and Thorndale Avenue. Tickets can be purchased at Beisswenger’s Hardware, City Hall or during the festival on Friday or Saturday at the information booth at Long Lake Regional Park.
Tickets cost $5, and you don’t need to be present to win. Winners will be announced around 3 p.m. at the park. First place wins $500, second through fifth place wins $100, sixth through 10th place wins $50, and the last duck to cross the finish line wins $100.

• Qualifiers in the New Brighton Karaoke Contest will compete from noon until 5 p.m. at Long Lake Regional Park.

Monday

• The coronation for the New Brighton Ambassador Program will take place Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. at Mounds View High School, 1900 Lake Valentine Road in Arden Hills.

For more information on this years events, visit http://www.stockyarddays.org/index.html.

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