Loretto Fun Fest features street dance, fireworks and more

  Always a popular attraction, the Kiddie Train boasted a new engine with a Flintstone look at last year’s Loretto Fun Fest. The train helped the Loretto Lions to proclaim their 40th anniversary. Loretto will bring out the train again at this year’s Fun Fest, Saturday, Sept. 14. (File photo by Bill Nord)


Always a popular attraction, the Kiddie Train boasted a new engine with a Flintstone look at last year’s Loretto Fun Fest. The train helped the Loretto Lions to proclaim their 40th anniversary. Loretto will bring out the train again at this year’s Fun Fest, Saturday, Sept. 14. (File photo by Bill Nord)

A street dance with music by The Irresistibles, beer garden, hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), medallion hunt, craft and vendor booths, food, fireworks and more.

Loretto is bringing its 14th annual Fun Fest to West Railway Street Saturday, Sept. 14, from 1 p.m. to midnight. In the event of rain, many activities will be moved to the Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Center in Loretto. The rain date for fireworks is Saturday, Sept. 21.

Plenty of parking will be available, said Loretto Administrative Assistant Mary Schneider. To find a large parking lot, turn on to St. Peter’s Street from County Road 19. Then turn left on to St. John’s Street to find a large parking lot across from Lions Park. Parking also will be available in the Sts. Peter and Paul parking lot on East Railway Street and at the Loretto ball fields on County Road 19. No shuttles will not be available.

Schneider is excited about the pony rides, which will be hand led around Lions Park. In previous years pony rides were connected to a carousel. She also is looking forward to the street dance, fire works, a “great rock climbing wall” and the medallion hunt.

Festivities will begin at 1 p.m.. Saturday, with children’s activities in Loretto Lions Park.

Inflatables and a Kiddie Train will be available from 1 to 7 p.m., the 25-foot rock climbing wall from 2 to 7 p.m., pony rides from 4 to 7 p.m. and Gonzo the Clown from 4 to 7 p.m. All ages will want to see the K9 demonstration at 2 p.m. in Lions Park.

The Loretto Market, from 1 to 7 p.m., will bring local crafts people and vendors to west Railway Street. To sign up for a vendor spot, contact Christ Stoltenow at stoltenowca@gmail.com.

The first clue for the medallion hunt will be posted at 1 p.m. at the Lions Park concession stand. Clues will be posted until the medallion is found. Grand prize is $40 or $50 if the winner has a booster button.

RK Sounds, a DJ, will play music from 1 to 7 p.m. Food and a beer garden will be available from 1 p.m. to midnight.

The Re/Max hot air balloon will be available for tethered rides from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m., weather and wind conditions permitting, at the Arnold Klaers Ball Field on County Road 19 — with a wrist band or booster button.

Fireworks will begin at 8 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

After the fire works the street dance will begin. Highlighted performers will be The Irresistibles Sweet Soul Show featuring Mick Sterling, Cate Fierro and Katie Gearty.

Wristbands will be required for participation in all children’s events plus hot air balloon rides. Cost of wristbands is $10 per child or $30 per family. They may be purchased at Fun Fest at the Lion’s Park concession stand.

Purchase of a booster button provides entrance to the street dance and hot air balloon rides. Booster buttons cost $10 before Fun Fest or with donation of a food shelf item for Hanover Food Shelf. Buttons will cost $12 the day of Fun Fest. Names of purchasers of buttons will be entered in drawings for items donated by local businesses.

Booster buttons are available prior to Fun Fest at 21st Century Bank of Loretto, Loretto City Hall, Axel’s Tavern, the Liquor Depot, Detour 19, RE/Max Realty, Koch’s Korner and the Loretto Post Office.

Volunteers are needed to help with games, set up and take down and general assistance. Call Loretto City Hall, 763-479-4305, to volunteer.

Contact Susan Van Cleaf at susan.vancleaf@ecm-inc.com

 

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