Arts & Entertainment • Community & People Father Hennepin Festival 2014 Published June 12, 2014 at 12:00 am Photos by Megan Hopps Little ones enjoy carnival rides Saturday, June 7 at Father Hennepin Festival. Kids rode the Ferris wheel, cars, spinning strawberries, the scrambler, tilt-a-whirl and carousel. Champlin residents kick off the first weekend in June with the Father Hennepin Festival. The weekend events included a parade, carnival, softball tournament, petting zoo, skateboard competition, ice cream social at Dunning School, craft show, fireworks, live music and more. The Champlin Park marching band performed at the Father Hennepin Festival 2014 Parade on Friday, June 6. CROSS services drives their float down the parade route and throw candy to the crowd. Champlin residents ride the Ferris wheel as it is lit up at night for the Father Hennepin carnival. Champlin residents packed coolers, lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray to the festival Saturday night to watch the fireworks show. Little ones race down the Fun Slide on potato sacs at the carnival Saturday afternoon. Grand Marshals John Whalen and Jamie Hersch wave and throw candy to the crowd at the Father Hennepin parade. Whalen, former Champlin Dayton Athletic Association Executive Director, has served over ten years coaching youth and serving on the Board of CDAA. He has also served seven years as a Rebel’s soccer coach, director and vice president with the Champlin Rebel youth soccer program. Jamie Hersch, Champlin native and Champlin Park alum, is a host and reporter for FOX Sports North in Minneapolis, covering all things Wild, Gophers, Twins and Timberwolves. Mayor ArMand Nelson and his wife throw candy to little ones at the parade Friday, June 6. Spectators stand to show their respect as members of the Champlin American Legion march down West River Road Friday, June 6. Kids and adults alike fed animals at the petting zoo at Doris A. Kemp park in Champlin. At the petting zoo, feeding stations were set up to feed goats, lamas, alpacas, kangaroos and lemurs. Not only did parade-goers collect candy, but most that walked by wanted to pet all the puppies present at the parade Friday, June 6. Nathan Luloff and Megan Thorstad buckle up for a ride on the scrambler before the fireworks show Saturday, June 7.