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Farmington Dew Days returns this week

There will be eating contests -- both pie and pizza -- among the events at this year's Dew Days celebration.

Farmington Dew Days chairperson Darla Donnelly knows that saying the 2013 celebration will have "something for everyone" might be cliché. But she'll say it anyway.

"There really is something for everyone," Donnelly said last week. "We have a lot of family events, a lot of longtime favorites are coming back and we're trying a few new things, too."

If you can't find something to do this week, it's not for lack of planning on the part of the Dew Days committee. They've spent most of the past year looking at what worked and didn't work in previous years, coming up with some new solutions and moving forward to make this year's city celebration fun for anyone who finds their way downtown.

One of the more noticeable additions to this year's celebration will be the huge, 110- by 40-foot tent in the parking lot next to Rambling River Center, just off of Oak Street. That was added this year after last year's celebration was nearly washed out due to rain.

"It's like, 'Bring it on, Mother Nature. We're ready for you,'" Donnelly said.

The activity started Wednesday, with Beer, Brats and Bingo under the big tent. On Thursday, the Flavors of Farmington is scheduled there. Various activities are scheduled under the tent over the course of the weekend, including bands American Roadhouse on Friday and The Dweebs on Saturday.

Food vendors will be stationed around the perimeter of the tent, Donnelly said. A stage will be set up underneath, along with picnic tables and seating. There will be a beverage stand close by, too.

A total of 14 food vendors from Farmington and the surrounding area are participating in Flavors of Farmington. The Farmington Liquor Stores will also feature a beverage tasting event as part of the Flavors, though you must be 21 or older to participate in that particular aspect.

Also on Thursday, the city of Farmington will start its annual Farmers Market season as part of the Dew Days celebration. The market will be held on Third Street, between Oak and Spruce, out in front of Farmington City Hall.

Activities downtown really get rolling Friday at noon. There's a host of things for kids to do Friday afternoon and Saturday during the day. Approximately 90 vendors will be set up on Third Street.

"That's the most we've ever had for vendors," Donnelly said. "That's huge for us."

Friday night brings the return of popular events like the bed races and the classic car cruise. Over 100 cars are registered for this year's cruise. Both events will be held out on Oak Street between Fourth and Second streets.

The Grand Parade will be held Saturday evening, with a 5 p.m. starting time. That's later than in the past. By pushing back the start time, the committee hopes to attract more people to all of the vendors and activities downtown before and after the parade.

There are many other events planned over the weekend, too, from a Zumba demonstration, to pizza eating contests and just about everything in between.

"Just show up. You'll be glad you didn't miss it," Donnelly said.

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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