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Downtown block party returns Saturday

Finding a parking space in downtown Farmington might be a little tricky Saturday night. But that’s kind of the point. Most of the spaces will be taken up by classic cars, street food vendors and about 700 people.

The sixth annual Farmington Business Association Block Party and Classic Car show is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. July 19 in downtown Farmington. If it goes like previous years, FBA president Clyde Rath expects the downtown area to be alive with activity.

“We usually have anywhere from 600 to 800 people showing up so we’re holding our own,” Rath said. “It’s been a very good event for us.”

Besides the 140 or so classic cars that are expected to line Third and Oak streets, the event includes a face painting booth hosted by the Farmington Ambassadors Program, live music on a stage on Third Street and several food vendors. Of course, Farmington’s downtown bars and restaurants are open for business, and participants can get a specific cup so they can carry their beverages down the street to enjoy the car show.

Farmington VFW Post 7662 is also holding a steak fry from 5 to 8 p.m. that night. The proceeds from the dinner will go to the Farmington Business Association, but the FBA plans to put that money right back into the community, Rath said.

“All of the money we get from the dinner will go to the veteran’s memorial project,” he said.

“We don’t really make any money off of this event. It’s strictly to have an event for the community. We just put it on as a way for the community to come together and have a fun evening.”

The car show includes awards in 10 categories. The awards will be presented at 8 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., the band Standing Room Only will play downtown.

There is no cost to come and enjoy the festivities, Rath said, but there is a nominal fee for participation in the car show. The cost of the event is primarily funded through event sponsors, including Napa Auto Parts, Impact Auto Repair, Pedersen Auto Shop, Akin Hills Pet Hospital, AK Performance Graphics, Godfrey Signs and Graphics, Dakota County Lumber Co., Lake Marion Collision, CarQuest and the FBA.

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Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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