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Menikheim said he “will be all over” Log Jam to monitor the festival and make an informed assessment of the event when it ends.
“I hope that it lays a strong foundation for an annual tradition in the future,” he said.
The three-day event will include many popular attractions from previous years, including a parade, bingo in the park, live music, a beer garden and old-time Base Ball. The Locals also scheduled more daytime kid-friendly activities, bringing a greater family appeal to the festival as a whole, organizer Erin McQuay said.
The biggest challenge for the group has been working around Mother Nature. Heavy rain flooded the main festival grounds just two weeks ago, McQuay said.
“It’s a huge undertaking,” Polehna said. “A lot of people don’t realize what goes into putting together a community festival. They’ve had some rocky roads to go through. But I’m hopeful that it’s going to really work out well.”
Callie Sacarelos is a Twin Cities freelance writer.