Fourth of July getting ready to rock in CloquetGet ready for a full day of activities in Cloquet this July Fourth, because it’s pretty much nonstop fun from the Sawdust 5K at 8 a.m. to the fireworks at 10 p.m.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
Get ready for a full day of activities in Cloquet this July Fourth, because it’s pretty much nonstop fun from the Sawdust 5K at 8 a.m. to the fireworks at 10 p.m.
New to this year’s Cloquet July Fourth celebrations will be wiffleball and a craft show.
Cloquet High School senior Eric Peterson is organizing several wiffleball games from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for ages 12 through 90 in Veterans Park, right on the site of the previous ball field at the corner of Cloquet Avenue and Highway 33.
Peterson reckons wiffleball will make a nice addition to the festivities.
“It’s a laid back game where you can just enjoy the weather, enjoy the festivities and play a quick game of wiffleball,” said Peterson, who directed this year’s Sunnyside Memorial Day Wiffleball Tournament in Cloquet, taking over the reins from founder Tyler Korby.
There will be no charge for teams of five players each (co-ed preferred) to play. Simply contact Peterson by June 25 to get on the schedule. There will be one “exhibition” game between the Cloquet and Carlton high school baseball teams at 4 p.m., with the losers to go in the dunk tank (sponsored by REACH).
Peterson said games are four innings each, gloves are optional and a good attitude is mandatory. To sign up, email email@example.com or text 218-393-6744 with contact information and age range of team.
While wiffleball will be one of many activities at Veterans Park on July Fourth – including pony rides, a petting zoo, bouncy castles, live music, a magic show and the evening movie – crafters and other entrepreneurs will be running the show just over the river at Voyageur’s Park. Spaces are free, but limited, so email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Cloquet Tourism/Chamber office at 218-879-1551 and leave your name and contact number.
Other highlights of the day include the following:
Sawdust 5K at 8 a.m. - New this year is chip timing, online registration, tech-style shirt instead of cotton. Cost is $20 in advance; $25 on the day. Same route as last year. The Beach swimming pond will be open to runners following the race.
Car show at Northeastern Saloon & Grille from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Veterans Celebration Parade starts at 11 a.m. and goes down Cloquet Avenue from 18th to 5th Street. Lineup is between 10 and 10:30 a.m., Crazy Troop will be this year’s Grand Marshals.
Immediately following the parade (estimated around noon) the Cloquet Community Band will play patriotic music at Veterans Park.
Starting after the parade, two tractor-pulled wagons will travel between the different event areas including Veterans Park, Voyageur’s Park (with a stop near Northeastern Saloon & Grille) and Pinehurst Park.
A pool party, games, DJ and fun, fun, fun at The Beach at Pinehurst from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Events are free with paid admission to the pool.
Dash for Cash, the annual event sponsored by area credit unions and banks, where kids dig for quarters in the sawdust, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Veterans Park.
The fun doesn’t stop. All afternoon, kids and the young at heart can enjoy bouncy castles, a maze, a dunk tank, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, wiffleball and music by Everybody’s Uncle all afternoon. Picnics are encouraged.
The Amazing Charles magic show will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the outdoor movie featuring Scooby Doo and the gang to roll at approximately 8 p.m. (dusk).
This year’s fireworks display is sponsored by Shamrock Environmental. The landfill company donated $5,000 to the Cloquet July Fourth celebration.
The organizing committee is still seeking donations to cover other events or add to the fireworks. Email email@example.com or call the Cloquet Tourism/Chamber office at 218-879-1551 with questions.