It’s that time of year again - Rosefest 2014

This year’s Rosefest celebration takes place June 26 to 30 and July 4. Above, last year’s Rose Parade included appearances by VFW Post 7555 as well as some amazing superheros and whimsical clowns. Be sure to get there early - the parade starts at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, June 30. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

There won’t be any shortage of live entertainment during Rosefest this year – a host of concerts and performances will be held at the Frank Rog Ampitheatre. Enjoy live music from Minnesota Sinfonia, performances of “Fiddler on the Roof” presented by Calvary Church and featuring many local Roseville residents, children’s music, and a great line-up before fireworks in Central Park for the Fourth of July. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Variety of events promises a memorable experience

Rosefest is back in a six-day format and ends with a bang, quite literally.

Roseville’s annual summer festival, this year held June 26 to 30 and July 4, features many traditional favorites with some new additions.

Parks and Recreation Assistant Jill Anfang says this year’s festivities have a bit of a healthy spin with activities like the Community Wellness Fair on Thursday, June 26, the annual Run/Roll for the Roses June 28 and a golf tournament June 29.

The Taste of Rosefest, hosted by the Rotary Club of Roseville, will take place on Thursday, June 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. Sample food from local vendors, take a chance at the wine wall and listen to some great music with friends and family. More information is available at

Thursday also marks the kick-off of the Golden Rose Medallion Hunt. Use your powers of deduction to determine where the medallion might be, and use social media to keep other sleuths on their toes. For more information, visit

Friday, June 27, is “Resident Appreciation Day.” Events like “9 and Dine on a Dime” at Cedarholm Golf Course and free open skating at the Roseville Skating Center guarantee fun all day. That evening at 7:30 p.m., take a break from the summer heat with a special showing of “Frozen” at the skating center to entertain the kids before bedtime.

The 5K/10K run and 10K roll start bright and early at 7:55 a.m. on Saturday, June 28. Spectators are welcome to find a spot along the course to cheer on family members, coworkers and neighbors. The half-mile family fun run starts at 9:15 a.m. For information about road closures that morning, visit

Take your hungry runners and rollers to Rib Fest at the B-Dale Club - the second annual local barbecue contest with judging starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 28. Get a taste of the delectable recipes beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Continuing an outdoor tradition, the Harriet Alexander Nature Center will host the Great American Backyard Campout© at 5 p.m. June 28. This event takes place at different locations across the U.S. that night. Grab your family, a tent and s’mores ingredients, and prepare to have a great night of camping. If you’re not into sleeping outside overnight, there’s a campfire from 7 to 9 p.m. that evening as well. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

The Outback Golf Tournament at Cedarholm Golf Course has tee times starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 29. The tournament features on-course contests and prizes as well as food from Outback Steakhouse. Reserve a tee time by calling 651-633-TEES (8337).

If you’ve never owned a Porsche but have always dreamed of seeing one up close, that wish can come true from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, at the Central Park Dale Street Athletic Fields where the Nord Stern Porsche Club will hold a car show. Contributions will be accepted for the Courage Center.

Later that day, watch the Roseville Fire and Police departments battle it out on the softball field during the Guns and Horses Benefit Softball Game at 4 p.m. at Central Park. Proceeds will go to the Eric Christensen Memorial Scholarship.

The Rose Parade will start at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, June 30, and features 80 units including marching bands, area cities’ royalty and local organizations - and don’t forget about the candy! The Roseville Community Band will serve as the parade grand marshal ,and Lee Stecklein, a Roseville Area High School graduate and member of the 2014 U.S. women’s ice hockey Olympic silver medalist team, will be the youth grand marshal.

The Rose Parade will begin at RAHS and end near the Roseville Skating Center. Traffic on the roads of the parade route will be re-routed starting at varying times in the evening. Visit for more information.

To top it all off, on Friday, July 4, the city will host its annual “Party in the Park” culminating with a fireworks display at Central Park over Bennett Lake. Several musical acts will precede the main event, including the Roseville Big Band at 7:30 p.m. and Roseville Community Band at 9 p.m. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.

For more information about Rosefest 2014, visit

Johanna Holub can be reached at or 651-748-7813. Follow her on Twitter @jholubnews.


Read the Rosefest Supplement published in the Roseville Review

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