Wrenshall prepares to heat up the 'bricks'Where can you find the most family-friendly, midsummer activities packed into the smallest amount of space? The answer -- this weekend’s Wrenshall Brickyard Days, where all the festivities take place within a block or two in the heart of town.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
Where can you find the most family-friendly, midsummer activities packed into the smallest amount of space? The answer -- this weekend’s Wrenshall Brickyard Days, where all the festivities take place within a block or two in the heart of town.
Starting at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, crafters and vendors will showcase their wares in the city park alongside a host of kids’ games and activities, including Wizards Kingdom inflatables’ popular bungee trampoline and giant slide. Making its premiere appearance at this year’s festival, the Lake Superior Zoo will host an intriguing variety of animals with its popular Zoomobile between the hours of 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. in the park.
Kids are invited to decorate their own jumbo pretzels with a tempting array of chocolate, sprinkles and other festive touches at the Pretzel Stick Booth from 4-5 p.m. Then it will be time to unleash their creative sides at the Chalk on the Block Contest at 5:15 p.m. Kids ages 5-8 should meet at the pavilion in the park, and all will be assigned a section of sidewalk to create their own designs. Prizes will be awarded.
“We’re hoping that it doesn’t rain so their designs can decorate the town during Saturday’s parade and other activities,” said event coordinator Sandy Wallin.
For the grownups, the park will be the site of a classic car show from 3-7 p.m. on Friday.
The public is invited to come to the Wrenshall School at 6 p.m. for the dedication of the school’s new playground, with coffee, lemonade and cake for everyone. Also getting underway at 6 p.m. will be the pig roast and family barn dance, hosted by the Wrenshall High School Booster Club.
The activities will once again be non-stop on Saturday, starting with a pancake breakfast and historical display from 8-10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. The Brickyard Days 5K/1-Mile Run/Walk hits the streets at 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. at the Wrenshall One Stop Market. At 10 a.m., the little ones will get their chance with the Pitter Patter Fun Run for ages 2-6.
The Wrenshall sixth-grade class will host a pie sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall, and bingo fanatics can get their fill anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., hosted as a fundraiser for the activities department at Inter-Faith Care Center.
All eyes will be on the Wrenshall Brickyard Days parade at 11 a.m. Lineup starts at the school at 10:30 a.m. for anyone wanting to participate.
There will be plenty to do all afternoon, with kids’ activities and crafters and vendors in the park once again, a barbeque hosted by the Wrenshall One Stop Market, and kids’ fun races and activity stations beginning at 1:30 p.m.
“We’ll have sack races, egg races and musical chairs for the younger ones,” said Wallin, “and the older ones are sure to enjoy the first-ever Wrenshall Cheer Team powder puff football game at 2 p.m. at the football fields. The girls are really looking forward to it -- and so are the boys!”
There will also be live music, food and the Carlton VFW beer garden in the One Stop Market’s backyard from noon to midnight, rain or shine. Sit back and enjoy the sounds of live music beginning at noon. Featured acts will include Space Carpet from 2:30-3:30 p.m., Blue Collar Blues Club from 4-8 p.m. and The Brickheads from 8 p.m. to midnight.