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Continued: Stillwater's annual summer festival gets a makeover

  • Article by: CALLIE SACARELOS , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 12, 2014 - 2:00 PM

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.

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