The Princeton Rum River Festival parade is today (Thursday), starting at 6 p.m.
The route begins at the Holiday station and runs north along Rum River Drive to First Street, where it then goes west on First Street until Eighth Avenue, just west of the Caley House. From there it goes south to end up in the high school/South Elementary area.
Five of the planned units are marching bands. They include bands from Benson, Hutchinson, Milaca and Champlin Park High Schools, plus the Milaca Junior High marching band.
Princeton Speedway will have its regular Friday night races during the festival.
City-wide garage sale
Princeton will also have its city-wide garage sale on today and Friday, June 7 and 8.
The festival’s 5K run/walk event will be on Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. near the library on Fourth Avenue South, also the site of the finish line. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and entry fee is $20. Entrants will receive a banana, granola bar, bottle of water and a chance to win a medal given out for the first three places in four age categories of men and women in the running competition.
The festival will also have a street fair on Saturday in the parking lot of the north mall and also covering one block of Rum River Drive between First Street and Second Street North from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is to include:
• a sanctioned pedal tractor pull for ages 4-11 starting at 2 p.m.
• craft and food vendors
• magician acts and carnival with inflatables, with a few designed for young adults
Then at 4 p.m. the carnival setup will be cleared out to make way for an approximately five-hour Christian music concert. It is being organized by a local youth pastoral team called Spiritquest, and the emcee will be speaker, Tom Elie.
Car/bike show and sock hop
The VFW is hosting a car & bike show 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday as part of the festival, with sock hop and ‘50s and ‘60s costume contest, and prizes from noon until 4 p.m. It will take place on a closed-off block of Second Street North in front of the VFW club meeting room and NAPA Auto Parts store.
Bob Weber, known as Mr. Nashville, will be the DJ for the sock hop. The VFW will be selling burgers and chips, and root beer floats and cherry cokes at what organizer Frank King is calling ‘50s and ‘60s prices. Call King at 763 244-0391 for more information.
Sunday airport brunch
The Princeton Lions Club will have its annual festival brunch at the Princeton Airport on Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Also planned at the brunch site are a remote control model plane exhibit, and a classic car show. Brunch admission is $8 for adults, $3 for ages 5-12, and free for under age 5.