FARMINGTON — From a fuel fire igniting an auto repair shop to celebratory rainbow snow cones with firefighters under blue skies, one year makes a difference. A blaze nearly extinguished the dreams of business owner Eric Zeimet last summer, but the community celebration was much brighter and well wishes were warmer at the open house at EZ Auto Repair. "We wanted to hold off on the grand opening until our one-year mark and that was yesterday on June 21," Zeimet said.
FARMINGTON—A young hometown girl will sing her heart out and bring a little trouble at a park concert this week. The Trouble Clefs featuring Montana Monet will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in Rambling River Park. All are welcome to attend the free concert and can bring blankets or chairs to relax in the green space.
FARMINGTON — Upgrades at the Schmitz-Maki Arena will get underway this summer and some work is slated to be complete by fall. Farmington City Council approved $9,500 to hire Wold Architects and Engineers at the Monday, June 18, meeting. Requests for proposals related to preliminary design work and construction cost were mailed to three consulting firms: Stantec, Stevens Engineering and Wold. "All three firms have experience in the design of arena improvement projects," said Randy Distad, city parks and recreation director.
On your next visit to the Farmington McDonald's, you may want to eat inside and check out the new kiosks. If you are picking up food in the drive-thru, soon you will notice a new outdoor digital menu. The Farmington McDonald's hosted reopening Monday, June 18, after a month of remodeling the interior. "It is part of McDonald's vision for the restaurants to upgrade all 14,000 restaurants across the system by the year 2020," said Kay Butler, franchise owner of the Farmington and Rosemount restaurants among other locations in the state.
This collectible shimmers like a white knight in shining armor. Bob and Ruth Pryor parked their Chevy two hours before the 2018 Farmington Dew Days Car Cruise on Saturday, June 16, then fired it up for the drive despite sunny, sweltering temperatures. The next day the Pryors drove their Chevy Bel Air to the annual Father's Day car show in Red Wing. The drive their car as often as they can and said like to take part in summer car cruises like the two upcoming car shows sponsored by the Farmington Business Association.
FARMINGTON — This week the community will show up to support Farmington’s summer festival parade with curbside chairs and blankets. Dew Days Grand Parade coordinator Dori Seegar has been a festival volunteer for seven years. This is her fourth year leading the parade efforts. The Grand Parade attracts more than 4,500 spectators and last year it offered 76 diverse units to entertain children of all ages.
FARMINGTON — Dew Days Market aims to bring greater foot traffic into downtown during the summer festival. “This year we decided to bring in someone to run it professionally and pay them a percentage of the entry fees,” said Jake Cordes, chair of Dew Days. In years past, asking a volunteer to recruit business owners and to organize the outdoor market event did not work out, Cordes added.
ROSEMOUNT — Rosemount Area Arts Council invites all who love the arts and those who are curious to come take part in ArtBlast. “We offer a lot of different arts opportunity to people who wish and nearly all of them are family events,” said Jeanne Schwartz, Rosemount Area Arts Council program chair Most events and activities are free June 18-24.
This year the Farmington Dew Days Kiddie Parade hopes to become a three- ring circus. Organizers are planning for a fun, organized, intentional circus parade—a parade with unexpected surprises and youngsters dressed as circus lions, tigers and red nosed clowns. The parade theme is Big Top Circus. All youth are invited to come dressed up as a circus character while riding in a decorated wagon or riding a tricycle or bicycle alongside neighbors, family and friends. Homestead Community Church in Farmington will lead the parade as event sponsor.
Start your engines and show off your sweet ride. The Dew Days Car Cruise will be revving up engines for the ninth year during Farmington's summer festival. Car cruise founder is Bruce Matzdorff, who has been leading the event since the first year when there were 46 cars. Last year 186 cars rolled into the streets of Farmington. After the car cruise details are executed, Matzdorffsaid he looks forward to driving his 1969 Impala Custom Coupe alongside his father, who will ride in the passenger seat.