Cloquet July 4th festivities were a blastCloquet's July 4th festivities offered something for everyone.
There was something for everyone in Cloquet on Wednesday.
For athletes or folks who simply wanted a challenge, the second annual Sawdust 5K was a great way to start the day. The race began in Pinehurst Park and followed a hilly route to end in the same place, where runners could take advantage of The Beach swimming facilities to cool off.
Parade-goers were treated to a fly-over just before the parade began at 11 a.m., featuring the Crazy Troop and their family members as Grand Marshalls.
Then the crowd followed the lead of the Cloquet Community Band and moved from the parade to Veterans Park in the heart of Cloquet for an afternoon of free family events. There were three bouncy castles, pony rides, skateboard demonstrations, live music by Everybody's Uncle, a dunk tank, wiffleball and the ever-popular Dash for Cash, $500 worth of quarters donated by area credit unions and banks and dumped in a massive pile of sawdust for kids to dig through.
Two wagons traveled a route between Veterans Park and The Beach at Pinehurst Park, which had its own rocking July 4th party going on in the afternoon. There was music by DJ Duane Buytaert, games and prized by MCCU and Cloquet Community Education.
As the day turned to evening, all eyes were on Veterans Park, where a magic show and the movie in the park preceded the fireworks. This year's fireworks display was more than 50 percent larger than in recent years, thanks to a generous donation of $5,000 by Shamrock Landfill Inc. and an almost equal amount of event funding by the Cloquet Kiwanis Club. Many other area businesses also contributed to help pay for the day's events, plus the city of Cloquet provided all facilities and staff assistance free of charge.
Keep your eye on the Pine Journal website and paper for more photos of the July 4th festivities!