Father Hennepin Festival

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.      

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Longtime Champlin civic activist and businessman, George Hutson, will serve as the Father Hennepin Festival Parade’s grand marshal this year. Hutson was born and raised in Chicago, Ill. He enlisted in the Army in 1958 where, after completing basic training, he was accepted into officer’s candidate school. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant Infantry  […]

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Pretty parkways, beautiful landscaping, and treasured gardens have long been a hallmark of the families and neighborhoods that are sprinkled throughout the city streets and boundaries of Champlin. This year, in conjunction with the Father Hennepin Festival Champlin will host its inaugural garden tour. “It’s about sharing inspiration and transformation,” said Michelle  Chambers, steering committee […]

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Annabelle Johnson, 6, of Champlin, is the designer behind this year’s Father Hennepin Festival button. Annabelle, an Oxbow Creek Elementary School first grader, used an eagle as part of her inspiration because of the eagles they often see in a big Cottonwood tree near the carnival site. Her family calls it the eagle tree. She […]

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The Father Hennepin Festival treasure hunt is back. Sponsored by Champlin SuperAmerica, participants can ie for the $500 prize by utilizing their knowledge of the city of Champlin while hunting down clues. The first clue will begin Monday, June 3. All clues will be available only at Champlin SuperAmerica. A $3 festival button is required […]

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The Father Hennepin Festival will be hosting the Sixth Annual Business Expo on Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This  s a great opportunity for businesses of all sizes to showcase their products. The Business Expo will take place right on West River Road between Mississippi Point Park and Chandler Park, providing […]

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