Oakdale’s Summerfest is coming up


The Ted Bearth Grande Parade, named after the late Oakdale mayor and Washington County commissioner who helped found Summerfest, begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at Geneva Avenue and 15th Street, traveling east on 15th and ending at City Hall, 1584 Hadley Ave. N. (submitted photo)

During the 36th annual Summerfest, there’s plenty of fun to be had — from food and rides at the midway to live music at the bandshell.

The weather is nice, schools are closed and Oakdale’s kickoff of summer is just around the corner.

This year’s 36th annual Summerfest will run from Thursday, June 20, through Sunday, June 23, with most festivities staged around City Hall at Richard Walton Park, 1584 Hadley Ave. N. 

Summerfest typically draws some 20,000 people over its four days. 

With the exception of a few different vendors, this year’s attractions will include mostly familiar favorites, such as live music, carnival rides, 5k runs and festival foods.

Mayor Paul Reinke said that his favorite part of Summerfest is the Ted Bearth Grande Parade, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 20.

“It’s the happiness and the joy in the kids’ eyes,” Reinke said. “It’s the moms and dads who put their chairs out well in advance of the parade, trying to get the best spot. It’s the large number of people — my gosh, we have so many people — who like to participate in our parade.”

 

Before the kickoff 

• The Summerfest Medallion Hunt will begin Monday, June 17. The first clue will appear at 8 a.m. at Oakdale City Hall and will also be available on the city website, www.ci.oakdale.mn.us, and on the clue hotline at 651-734-2615. There will be a total of five clues. The person who finds the medallion will receive $1,000 cash. 

• Now through the start of the event, carnival ride tickets are being sold at Oakdale City Hall, 1584 Hadley Ave. N. The pre-festival deal is 10 tickets for $20, and, specific to pre-sale tickets, each ride will only require one. If festival-goers wait to buy tickets at the event, a sheet of 50 tickets will cost $45. Armbands will also be sold at the event for $24 and are good for unlimited rides.

 

Opening Day — Thursday, June 20

• Carnival rides, concession stands and the Maplewood/Oakdale Lions Club Beer Garden will be open 5 to 11 p.m.

• Bingo in the tent opens at 6 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m.

• The Ted Bearth Grande Parade begins at 6 p.m. at Geneva Avenue and 15th Street, traveling east on 15th and ending at City Hall at 1584 Hadley Ave. N. The parade route, nearby streets and the City Hall parking lot will close to traffic at 5:30 p.m. and reopen around 8 p.m. after the parade. Vehicles in the City Hall parking lot at 5:30 p.m. will need to remain in the lot until the parade is over.

• Jake Nelson Music will perform a free country rock concert at the bandshell in Richard Walton Park from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Those who plan to attend are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on.

 

Friday, June 21

• Carnival rides, concessions and the beer garden will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight.

• Bingo will start at 6 p.m. and run until 10 p.m.

• Free and Easy Band will perform a free concert of its original takes on classic and alternative rock songs from 7 to 11 p.m. at the bandshell. Consider bringing your own chair or blanket.

 

Saturday, June 22

• A 5K run will begin at 8 a.m. at the Oakdale Discovery Center, 4444 Hadley Ave. Same-day registration and sign-in at the Discovery Center starts at 7 a.m.

• Concessions, the beer garden and carnival rides open at noon and close at midnight. 

• Teddy Bear Band will perform children’s music from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Those who plan to attend are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on.

• 3rd Lair’s skateboard contest begins at 2 p.m. at the skatepark. Skateboarders can register for free at 1 p.m. 

• The bingo tent opens at 1 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m.

• Rockin’ Hollywoods will perform classic rock and roll from the 1950s through the 80s. Bring a blanket or chair.

• The fireworks extravaganza starts at 10 p.m.

 

Sunday, June 23

• Carnival rides will be open from noon to 6 p.m. The last day of Summerfest is optional for vendors.

 

For a complete schedule and more information go to www.oakdalesummerfest.com.

 

–Solomon Gustavo can be reached at sgustavo@lillienews.com or 651-748-7815.

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