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Stockyard Days 2014 Ewe can’t miss it!
The 34th annual Stockyard Days Aug. 3-11 will once again provide family-friendly entertainment for the entire New Brighton community.
The eight-day historic festival began in 1981 as throwback to New Brighton’s early days as a center of the cattle industry, when the city was a bustling site of stockyards, meatpacking plants, railroads and fashionable hotels for cattlemen.
The theme of Stockyard Days this year is “It’s shear fun!” The theme was chosen to draw attention to a little-known aspect of the city’s stockyards: “We wanted to show that New Brighton stockyards not only had cows, but they also had sheep that they would shear,” says Mary Gallagher, president of the Stockyard Days board of directors.
“(I hope) it is a successful festival and everyone in the community comes together for a fun time!” Gallagher added.
This year’s Stockyard Days Parade will take place on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. The parade route is the same as last year, beginning on 1st Avenue between St. John’s Church and New Brighton Health and Rehab and heading down 10th Street to Old Highway 8. It then goes past City Hall, turning west on 8th Street before heading south down 8th Avenue and returning to Old Highway 8, where it ends in front of Oak Grove Community Housing. After the parade, stick around for the outdoor party and beer garden at the New Brighton Eagles Club (563 Old Hwy. 8) until 11 p.m.
Festival fun continues all day long on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Long Lake Regional Park with food, vendors, inflatables, bingo, a petting zoo, Teen Tent and more. Activities will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, and 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 10. Most activities are free; parking is $3. Stick around the park on Saturday to see fireworks light up the night at 9:30 p.m.
Local bands will rock the stage Friday and Saturday nights at Long Lake Regional Park. You’ll feel like dancing as Playback brings back party rock, pop and dance favorites from the past three decades on Friday night from 7-11 p.m. Then, on Saturday, get up and groove as Jonah and the Whales makes waves with current and classic pop favorites from 7-11 p.m.
For more information about this year’s event, visit the Stockyard Days Facebook page or www.stockyarddays.org or check out the Stockyard Days supplement to the Bulletin below.
— Kaylin Creason
New Brighton's Stockyard Days is August 3-11, 2014. Here is information, event schedule and advertisers' specials for this years Stockyard Days. A supplement to the New Brighton Bulletin for the week of July 30, 2014. A Lillie Suburban Newspapers publication.
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