Organized for Farmington: May news and notesFarmington's nonprofit organizations have lots of events coming up. Memorial Day plans are in the works with the Farmington American Legion and VFW. Read on to see what else is going on around town this month.
It’s a busy month around the Farmington VFW Sypal/Lundgren Post 7662.
Perhaps the biggest event of the month will come toward the end, when our community prepares to observe Memorial?Day.
Marchers will be needed for ceremonies on both Sunday, May 27, and Monday,?May 28.
Sunday’s ceremonies include the 12:30 p.m. Farmington Lutheran Cemetery ceremony, and the 2 p.m. Castle Rock Cemetery ceremony. Marchers should meet at the VFW by 11:30 a.m.
On Monday, the annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Corinthian Cemetery at 10 a.m. Line-up begins behind the Farmington American Legion at 9 a.m. Military men and women are especially asked to participate in the short parade to the cemetery, and to please be in uniform.
The VFW will host the post-ceremony luncheon this year.?Hot dogs and chips will be served at the VFW for members and the Farmington High School band kids.
VFW and American Legion members will prepare the cemetery by posting markers and flags at the graves of all of Farmington’s veterans on?Friday, May 25. Volunteers to help are asked to come to the cemetery around 9:30 a.m.
Members of the VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary will gather to make poppy wreaths to place on Auxiliary member graves on?Thursday, May 24. Wreath making begins at 6 p.m., but volunteers can show up at any time.
Also, pick up a Buddy?Poppy on Friday, May 25, which is the VFW?Ladies Auxiliary’s Buddy Poppy Day. All proceeds go to veterans’ projects.
Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network
The?Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network will host the fourth annual Military Family Picnic Saturday, June 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. The afternoon includes a barbecue, games for kids and lots of activities for the family. This event is not open to the public; it is designed for military families and area veterans.
Things are taking shape for the second edition of the Farmington Rotary’s Ramble Jam country music festival. This year’s event, scheduled Sept. 14 and 15 at the Dakota County Fairgrounds, will feature nine bands on the main stage and more on a second stage.
Main stage bands include Dustin Lynch and Randy Houser on Friday and Rocket Club, Sunny Sweeney, Josh Thompson and Lee Brice on Saturday.
Tickets are available now for the festival. For more information visit ramblejamcountry.com or facebook.com/ramblejam.
Farmington Food Shelf
The Farmington postal workers will be collecting food on Saturday, May 12, as part of their National Postal Food Drive.
We will need help sorting and packing the food on Monday, May 14. Volunteers are asked to come anytime between the hours of 4-8 pm. Canned goods and boxed and bagged food will be sorted according to type and then put into boxes and stored until needed at the Food Shelf. Come and join us, in the spirit of caring for our neighbors.
Applications are being taken for the Arts and Craft Show vendors for next month’s Dew Days celebration.?The arts and craft show will be held Friday, June 15 from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Anyone who may be interested in helping out with Dew Days this year should join us for our next meeting, May 17, 6 p.m. at the Long Branch.
Farmington American Legion
Please join the Farmington Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189 this Sunday, May 13, for our last omelet breakfast fund-raiser of the year.?We will be serving our famous all-you-can-eat, build-your-own omelets, cheesy potatoes, toast and fruit from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Proceeds from this month’s breakfast will go to our respective groups to help us fund events for veterans, military families and our community.
Anyone interested in participating in the Memorial Day services can find information regarding the weekend’s services under the VFW’s listing. The American Legion family is asked to please wear your respective uniforms for the services.
Poppy?Day for ALA?Unit 189 will be Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19. We will distribute poppies at several locations around the community. Donations are accepted.?All of the money we raise goes strictly to veterans and their programs. Also, members are asked to help volunteer if they are available.?Contact President Michelle at 651-238-5614 for more information.