Editorial: Plenty going on at Rambling River Days'll admit, we had some reservations when we heard organizers were tinkering with the Rambling River Days format. The idea of expanding the celebration to 10 days hardly seemed like a good idea when there have been times in recent years when even a long weekend seemed like more than enough time to get everything in.
We'll admit, we had some reservations when we heard organizers were tinkering with the Rambling River Days format. The idea of expanding the celebration to 10 days hardly seemed like a good idea when there have been times in recent years when even a long weekend seemed like more than enough time to get everything in.
As this year's edition of Rambling River Days gears up, though, we are getting excited about what lies ahead in the next week and a half. Turn to the schedule in the center of the special Rambling River Days section included in this issue and you'll get an idea what we're talking about. There's a lot going on. From a motorcycle show downtown to big-name bands at Schmitz-Maki Arena to a visit by the St. Paul Saints, this year's edition of Rambling River Days has more going on than the summer festival has in years. Throw in old favorites like the bed races, the Kiss the Pig contest and the Dew Run and there's more than enough activity to fill 10 days.
How'd this happen? The simple answer seems to be, organizers found everyone in town who might have an interest in seeing the event succeed and got all of them involved. Downtown business owners, unhappy with the event's move out of the central business district last year, have gotten together to plan several days of events designed to bring people back to the streets of downtown Farmington. North Farmington businesses, which for years, depending on your perspective, appeared to be either left out of or uninterested in participating in Rambling River Days, have organized events of their own, from a family fun day to a wine tasting to a children's pet show.
We like that. Rambling River Days is meant to be a community celebration, so it's only fitting the entire community get involved.
None of this will mean anything, of course, if people don't show up. We don't expect that to be a problem, though. There's a lot going on in the next 10 days, and we believe there's enough variety to provide something for just about anyone.
Who would have expected it?