Parade, rendezvous, street fair part of June 8-15 festival  

The coronation of new Princeton Ambassadors Sunday, June 8, will lead off this year’s Rum River Festival that will run through June 15.

The festival’s medallion hunt will begin Monday, June 9, with a $100 cash prize offered. Clues will be posted on the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce’s website each day of the hunt until the medallion is found.

The first concert of this summer’s Tuesdays in the Park concert series at the Mille Lacs County Historical Society depot will take place Tuesday, June 10, at 7 p.m. Something new for the festival on that same day will be the Bruce the Bug Guy presentation on insects at Princeton Book & Bible from 10-10:30 a.m. It is billed as a fun mix of storytelling and show-and-tell, including the showing of “live critters” and a presentation of insect facts.

The annual Distinguished Service Awards, recognizing community members for outstanding civic contributions, will take place Wednesday, June 11, at the VFW. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and the banquet at 7. The banquet fee is $16 and VFW Auxiliary President Patty Okafor is requesting people preregister at 763-389-9837 to attend. Okafor will serve as the master of ceremonies at the event and said the banquet theme will be the remembering of critically acclaimed American author and poet Maya Angelou, who died May 28.

The festival parade, with 10 marching bands, will be Thursday, June 12, beginning at 6 p.m. The route begins on Rum River Drive near the Holiday station and goes north to First Street, where it then goes west to the intersection just past the Elim Home and Caley House. From there the parade will head south, ending at the high school.

In the parking lot of the school district office building, Princeton High School’s Symphonic Winds and Concert Choir will perform a short concert before the parade, starting at 5:30 p.m., and right after the parade.

A business sidewalk sale and citywide garage sale will run Wednesday through Friday.

Princeton Speedway race night will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday at the fairgrounds, with a kids night, giveaway promotion.

The annual festival 5K run will take place on Saturday, June 14, starting at 8 a.m., but with a change of location to Mark Park this year.

Also scheduled for Saturday, will be a street fair with games from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a blocked-off street area in front of the north mall.

New to the festival in 2014 will be the Rum River Rendezvous, which recreates the fur trade era. The Rendezvous will be held on the historical society depot property at Rum River Drive and 10th Avenue. It will run 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. until noon on Sunday. Genny Reynolds, one of the organizers, said the event will have six tents in the rendezvous encampment. Admission will be $4 for ages 13 and older, $2 for ages 6-12, and free for 5 and under. The Civic Betterment Club will be assisting with the event, which will include blacksmithing, animal hide identification, rope making, fabric crafts, the shooting of a cannon and more.

The Lions Club annual festival brunch fundraiser will be from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at the airport. It has annually attracted attendees who fly in or drive in. Admission is $8 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 5-12, and free for under 5. A display of remote-controlled model planes will be on display.

Rum River Festival buttons, the design for which was created by the local art co-op, are on sale in various locations in the business district for $1 each to help finance the cost of the festival. The buttons are numbered, and one number will be drawn for a prize of an experience-Princeton gift package, according to chamber of commerce executive director Michelle Sarazin. Buttons are sold at ACE Hardware, Coborn’s, Marv’s True Value, Ossells, Princeton Book & Bible, Renu Decor & Fashion, and Santa Lucia’s Ice Cream.

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