Roll out the sunshine for east metro festivals

  • Article by: JIM ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 24, 2014 - 6:34 PM

Summer is time to celebrate, and there’s a calendar full of community events.

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The Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest will be held June 19-22 this summer and will feature live music, hot-air balloon rides, a petting farm, strawberry pie eating contest, fireworks and more.

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After a long and dreary winter in which even the snowmen wore grumpy faces, the arrival of summer is cause to celebrate, and just might make this year’s full slate of community festivals in Washington County a little extra festive.

Forest Lake, as usual, gets things rolling starting on Friday with the start of its weeklong Lake Fest. And new this year is Stillwater’s revival of Lumberjack Days, which marks its 80th anniversary on July 18-20 under a new name — Log Jam — with new management and a new community-focused outlook.

Here is a roundup of summer festivals excluding Fourth of July in the county:

 

AFTON

Strawberry Festival

June 21-22, Town Square Park, S. St. Croix Trail and 34th St.

 

This free outdoor festival will feature a blend of artists showcasing and selling their goods, vintage/secondhand vendors selling repurposed or vintage treasures and a business expo. There will be food, live music and family activities.

 

Art in the Park

Sept. 27-28, Town Square Park, S. St. Croix Trail and 34th St.

 

Fine arts and traditional craft fair includes more than 75 vendors showcasing fine arts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fiber and more. Plus food, a small business fair, and live folk/jazz music both days. Info on both events: aftonartfair.com; 651-321-3535.

 

BAYPORT

Rockin’ Ribs on the River

June 20-21, Lakeside Park, 101 Lake St. S.

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