Father Hennepin Festival • June 7-9, 2013 • Champlin

Champlin residents kick off the first post-school summer weekend with Father Hennepin Festival. The weekend’s events included a parade, carnival, softball tournament, petting zoo, skateboard competition, ice cream social at Dunning School, a car show, business expo, fireworks, garden tours, live music and more.

Champlin residents kick off the first post-school summer weekend with Father Hennepin Festival. The weekend’s events included a parade, carnival, softball tournament, petting zoo, skateboard competition, ice cream social at Dunning School, a car show, business expo, fireworks, garden tours, live music and more.  Tyler Larson, 4, (right) gives his little sister, Bria Larson, 1 1/2, some advice on which duck to choose at the Father Hennepin Festival carnival. The Larsons are from Champlin.
Champlin residents kick off the first post-school summer weekend with Father Hennepin Festival. The weekend’s events included a parade, carnival, softball tournament, petting zoo, skateboard competition, ice cream social at Dunning School, a car show, business expo, fireworks, garden tours, live music and more.
Tyler Larson, 4, (right) gives his little sister, Bria Larson, 1 1/2, some advice on which duck to choose at the Father Hennepin Festival carnival. The Larsons are from Champlin.

 

Trailhead Cycling makes an appearance in the parade with a variety of bicycle styles including this fun and challenging unicycle. Trailhead also sponsored a family-friendly bike classic Sunday, June 9 as part of Father Hennepin Festival. Alyssa Erickson, 5, of Champlin takes a leisurely ride in the train at the Father Hennepin Festival carnival. Carnival goers test out the strength of their stomachs with a whirling ride on the Tornado. A Spiderman balloon on a stick keeps this youngster entertained as he waits for the parade to start. The excitement is palpable as youngsters keep a keen eye out for the parade to make its entrance down West River Road. Owners Deb and Scott Williamson pose with their classic car, a 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe. (Photo by Sean Cote) Champlin Mayor ArMand Nelson greets parade spectators from the back of a pickup decorated with American flags.  Festival food is a popular treat while attending the Father Hennepin Festival carnival. Retired businessman George Hutson (center) rolls down West River Road accompanied by his children and grandchildren in his convertible Bentley. Pictured from left to right are Max Nelson,  Jessica Nelson, George Hutson, Ana Hutson and Marco Hutson. In the passenger seat is George’s daughter Lisa Nelson and driving is his son, Todd Hutson. George was chosen as this year’s parade grand marshal for his dedication to the community of Champlin including his volunteer work with Champlin’s Crive Prevention Fund. Jan Bartlett, owner of Let’s Dish Garden Art, displays her wares at the business expo. (Photo by Sean Cote) Spectators stand to show their respect as members of the Champlin American Legion march down the parade route. Youngsters cover their ears as they hear the sirens of the Anoka Champlin firetrucks signal the start of the Father Hennepin Festival parade. This youngster enjoys a prime seat in one of the Anoka Champlin firetrucks where he dutifully tosses candy to parade spectators. Champlin residents kick off the first post-school summer weekend with Father Hennepin Festival. The weekend’s events included a parade, carnival, softball tournament, petting zoo, skateboard competition, ice cream social at Dunning School, a car show, business expo, fireworks, garden tours, live music and more. 
Tyler Larson, 4, (right) gives his little sister, Bria Larson, 1 1/2, some advice on which duck to choose at the Father Hennepin Festival carnival. The Larsons are from Champlin. Car fans check out the variety of cars on display at the annual car show held Saturday, June 8, in conjunction with Father Hennepin Festival. (Photo by Sean Cote) Owner Larry Moskolik stands next to his 1935 Mercedez Benz Cabriolet B, featured in the Father Hennepin Festival car show. (Photo by Sean Cote)
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Retired businessman George Hutson (center) rolls down West River Road accompanied by his children and grandchildren in his convertible Bentley. Pictured from left to right are Max Nelson, Jessica Nelson, George Hutson, Ana Hutson and Marco Hutson. In the passenger seat is George’s daughter Lisa Nelson and driving is his son, Todd Hutson. George was chosen as this year’s parade grand marshal for his dedication to the community of Champlin including his volunteer work with Champlin’s Crive Prevention Fund.