Baldwin’s rolling out the fun

They’re having fun in Baldwin Township.

And everyone’s invited to join in on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the township’s Young Park.

The second annual Baldwin Fun Fest will bring the park alive with an afternoon of family-fun activities and comes on the heels of last year’s first Fun Fest, which event coordinator and Baldwin Township Board member Kimberly Good called a smashing success.

“We want to grow the festival and make it even more fun this year,” Good said.

And it looks like festival sponsor Thriving Communities Initiative is well on its way to trumping the fun had at last year’s fest.

This year’s event kicks off with one of those new events aimed at making the Baldwin Fun Fest a better community festival. It’s the Kermit Young Run/Walk and is named after the man who once lived on the land upon which the park sits. He donated the land for the park to Baldwin Township.

The run/walk will take place out on the park’s trails from 1-2 p.m. Participants will make a $10 donation to the park fund, Good said. There will be some awards for the top finishers.

“We decided it would be a good way to generate funding for the park and the fun fest,” Good said.

Now the festival is funded by the Thriving Communities committee, but it needs to work towards a goal of becoming self-sufficient, she said.

One of the highlights of the festival might be a tug-of-war scheduled for 2:30. Festivalgoers will be able to see town board members Jay Swanson, Larry Handshoe, Tom Rush, Randy Atwood and Good go up against five members of the Baldwin Fire Department.

Someone just might get dirty. You’ll want to be there to catch the action.

Taking on the board in a tug-of-war isn’t all the fire department will be doing. Volunteer firefighters will have the smokehouse on hand so kids can get a refresher course in those important things to do in the case of a fire. They will also have the kitchen burn trailer on hand. Firefighters will also provide free hot dogs and popcorn — at least while supply lasts.

North Ambulance will be on hand, as well, and if it isn’t out on a call, a North Memorial helicopter will make a scheduled landing.

Connexus Energy will have an educational display on hand to give a safety demonstration, Good said, while Princeton Public Utilities will have information available on wellhead protection issues.

An inflatable bouncing house will be set up. Games and crafts will keep the kids busy. Good is also exited about the fact that the festival will feature a farmers market for the first time.

The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department will have K-9 demonstrations and have information available on forming neighborhood watch organizations, while county officials will be on hand for discussions on park plants. Sherburne County’s Mounted Police are also scheduled to make an appearance, Good said.

If you’re looking to satisfy your competitive spirit, you can enter the minnow races. Somebody’s lucky little minnow will win.

A clown and face painting will also be a part of the fun.

Music will also be a new attraction, Good said. From 2-4 p.m. people can enjoy the accordion music of Jerrod. Then at 4 p.m. the Spoons and Chopsticks folk band will begin a two-hour set.

“We hope people come out and enjoy the park and experience the recreational opportunities we have here in Baldwin Township,” Good said.

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