A Civil War enactment, city plow truck and expanded business expo and farmers market are new attractions designed to lure visitors to Medina’s annual Celebration Day Saturday, Sept. 22, at Hamel Legion Park, 3200 Mill Drive.
Activities will begin at 4 p.m. and end with an 8 p.m. fireworks display made possible by donations from Medina businesses. Visitors also will find food and drink — some of it free.
The business expo, farmers market and food vendors will be on hand from 4 to 7:30 p.m., along with a Celebration Day staple — bingo.
Then from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. lots of other activities will compete for visitors’ attention. This is when the Civil War enactors and plow truck will be on view. They will join traditional Celebration Day attractions, such as face painting, rides on the Hamel Fire Department’s antique fire truck, Smokey the Bear, Hennepin County Sheriff’s K-9 demonstration, helicopter visit, pumpkin painting, games, bonfire and s’mores.
Youngsters are likely to head for the inflatable bounce toy and the Legion Park playground.
Finally, at 7:30 p.m. adults and youth will find out if they are winners during prize drawings.
Medina Celebration Day originally began as the annual Medina Cabin Social, held near Medina City Hall. After the new Hamel Community Building opened, the city moved the event to far more spacious grounds at Hamel Legion Park and changed the name to Celebration Day. Ever since then, Medina has found ways to expand the event.
In some years, rain has dampened Medina Celebration Day. This didn’t deter people who showed up. They simply took cover under tents and inside the Hamel Community Building.