By Lemika Fondren
LINO LAKES, Minn. (August 9,2018)- The City of Lino Lakes is gearing up for their annual Blue Heron Days Parade on Aug. 18. The parade is just one the many events the city has planned a part of the three day festival starting Friday Aug. 17 with free yoga in the park and a free showing of the movie “Wonder” in the park as well.
“One of the things that’s new this year is target is going to be out here,” Brian Hronski said. “They are actually sponsoring this year’s movie.”
On Saturday parents can bring the family out to enjoy the Grand Parade on Lake Drive and an entire day of fun events after the parade ends.
“Starting Saturday morning- bright and early- I’m over at the YMCA. The Shawn Silvera 5K run kind of kick off. We’ll have the kids 2K run and also the YMCA is doing a splash and dash.”
Hronski says while people are participating in the runs his team will be setting up the business expo and the annual grand parade. The parade starts will start an hour before noon on Lake Drive and will travel all the way down to James Street.
For the first time ever, the festival will add beer to the menu so adults can relax and enjoy a nice cold one. Hronski thinks this will add a nice touch to the overall feel of the day. “The Tavern on Main is going to come out and have their own craft beer, which will be a new thing. We’ve never had beer here at the festival , I think that’ll be a nice touch,” Hronski said.
Aside from new additions to the carnival other popular events like spin art, free petting zoo, and free balloon twisting are back. Hronski also alludes to a big surprise he knows the kids will love.
“You know we’ll have the big waterslide out here with all the bounce houses. We’re going to have spin art again this year, which is real popular for the kids.””The petting zoo will be back again this year. I’m working on one little surprise that I can’t disclose at this time, but I think it’s going to happen and I know the kids like it,” Hronski said.
As the summer comes to a close Hronski wants families to come out and relax and support their local community.
“We’ll have a nice event,” Hronski expressed “I think we’ll have good weather. You know it kind of brings the community together. I think there will be a lot of things to do for everyone here.”