Brooklyn Park’s annual celebration of its agricultural roots as one of the nations largest potato producers returns this weekend. Tater Daze will be held June 15-17.
The festival began in the mid-1960s and was sponsored by the Brooklyn Park Jaycees. Throughout its 50-year existence, it has provided the city with a variety of family-friendly activities, many of which can be found at Noble Sports Park, at 4701 Oak Grove Pkwy.
The festival opens with a parade 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15. It will start at 101st and Xenia avenues north, head east on 101st, then turn south on Regent Avenue North, ending at Noble Sports Park. The festival closes with a fireworks show 10 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at Noble Sports Park.
There are 82 registered parade units for this year, as opposed to 77 in 2016 and 70 in 2015, according to Marc Ofsthun, program assistant for the city.
Activities ranging from face painting, sports, music, concessions and bingo will be available at Noble and Eidem Homestead.
The annual 5K Spud Run and Tiny Spud Run will kick off 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday at the North Fire Station. Registration for the races begins at 7 a.m. On the day of the event, registration costs are $35 for the full 5K or $20 for the Tiny Spud Run.
A free root beer float social and volunteer celebration, with floats served by councilmembers, city staff and Spud McTater, is 6-8 p.m. Friday. Ice cream will be donated by Cold Stone Creamery, and root beer is donated by Hy-Vee.
Food concessions will be available 3-10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Cold Stone Creamery, Lake State Barbeque, Tot Boss and Wha’Jamaican, among others, will be serving food.
USA Inflatables will be at Noble Sports Park with a number of inflatable attractions for children, including their Battle Zone, NinjaSaur Double High Slide, Race to the Top and Power Bungee Jump. Inflatables will be available for use 3-9 p.m. Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets are $1 each, and two tickets are required for most rides. The Power Bungee Jump is seven tickets, or $7 per ride. Unlimited ride wristbands are available for $18 for one day, or $30 for two days. Rides on the Power Bungee Jump and Spider Mountain attractions are not included with the unlimited ride wristband offering.
New this year, a set of teen specific activities, planned by the Zanewood Recreation Center staff will be held 5-9 p.m. Friday and 5-10 p.m. Saturday.
The Brooklyn Park Lions Club will continue its annual participation with a beer and wine garden at Noble Sports Park, which will be located near the main band stage. Beer and wine in red and white varieties will be served 4:30-10 p.m. Friday and 1-10 p.m. Saturday.
The beer garden will transform to host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast 7-11 a.m. Saturday. Pancakes, sausage, tater tots, coffee, milk and orange juice will be served by the Lions. Admission is free for Spud Run participants, $7 for ages 7 and older, $4 for ages 3-7, and free for ages two and younger. Admission is reduced by $1 if you have a 2017 Tater Daze button.
Eidem Homestead, the city’s historical farm, is hosting several events, starting with an open house noon to 7 p.m. Friday, and continuing 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The homestead will host a baking contest 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and an old-fashioned baseball tournament 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
It is recommended that participants park at the Metro Transit Noble Park and Ride on 95th Avenue. Parking is also available at the Church of St. Gerard.
For more information, visit brooklynpark.org.
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