By Starrla Cray
LORETTO, MN Hot air balloon rides and fireworks are just two of the fun attractions planned at the 14th annual Loretto Fun Fest, Saturday, Sept. 14.
Festivities begin at 1 p.m., with children’s activities at Loretto Lions Park.
Wrist bands ($10 per child or $30 per family) are required for all children’s activities except the K-9 demonstration at 2 p.m., which is open to everyone.
With a wrist band, children can enjoy unlimited kiddie train rides, inflatable bounce houses, a 25-foot climbing wall, pony rides, Gonzo the Clown show, and more.
From 5:45 to 7:45 p.m., RE/Max will offer tethered hot air balloon rides at Arnold Klaers Ball Field for ages 10 and older, weather permitting. A wristband or a Booster Button is required to ride.
Booster Buttons are $10 pre-sale, $12 the day of the Fun Fest, or $10 with a donation for the Hanover Area Food Shelf.
In addition to hot air balloon rides, the buttons provide entrance to the street dance, which will take place from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
Music will be The Irresistibles Sweet Soul Show featuring Mick Sterling, Cate Fierro, and Katie Gearty.
Plenty of music is planned before the dance, as well.
RK Sounds DJ will be playing from 1 to 7 p.m., and food and drinks will be available all day.
A medallion hunt will start at 1 p.m., with the first clue posted at the Lions Park concession stand. Grand prize is $40 or $50 if the winner has a Booster Button.
The Loretto Market will take place all afternoon along Railway Street. Anyone who’d like to be a vendor can contact Chris Stoltenow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fireworks will start at 8 p.m. Glow necklaces will be available for purchase at the concession stand at Lions Park.
In case of inclement weather, many activities will be moved to Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Center in Loretto. The rain date for the fireworks is Saturday, Sept. 21.
Volunteers 15 and older are needed to assist with games, setup/takedown, and more.
For more information about the Loretto Fun Fest, or to volunteer, contact Loretto City Hall at (763) 479-4305.
Fun Fest Buttons
Fun Fest Booster Buttons may be purchased for $10 at the following locations:
• 21st Century Bank
• Loretto City Hall
• Axel’s Tavern
• Liquor Depot
• Detour 19
• Koch’s Korner
• Loretto Post Office