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Fun for 'Daze' in Carlton

Tim Orlowski drives the vintage Carlton Area Lions Club truck while his son, Tom, throws candy during the Carlton Daze parade. Chad Erickson laughs as he sprays parade goers with the fire hose. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal1 / 8
Joe Tykey, John Meredith, Jeff Brosi, Pat Alexander and Trent Hansen partially submerse their raft as they participate in the final Paddlemania race of the weekend Sunday, July 29. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal2 / 8
Inter-faith Care Center 2018 royalty King Arthur Johnson, 90, and Queen Lillian Gilderman, 93, ride in the parade Sunday, July 29. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal3 / 8
Minnesota Vikings Football cheerleaders Hannah and Andrea were a hit at Carlton Daze on Sunday, July 29, selling calendars, signing autographs and posing with fans. Contributed photo4 / 8
The annual car show packs people in each year during Carlton Daze despite the threatening clouds. The car show ended about 30 minutes before the rainstorm, which included pea-sized hail. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal5 / 8
More than 600 hot dogs were served during the Carlton Fire Department open house. Contributed photo6 / 8
Brooklyn Nilsen waves and throws candy while her father, Ben, holds her. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal7 / 8
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The annual Carlton Daze festival Friday, July 27, through Sunday, July 29, featured the Paddlemania whitewater kayaking and rafting event on the St. Louis River, a new pie contest and a visit from the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders.

The 5K race stayed on course with 169 runners, up a few from last year's race.

Long lines formed as the Carlton Fire Station gave away over 600 hot dogs during its open house. After the parade the rootbeer floats are popular with young and old alike each year at the pavillion in front of the fire station.

The berry pie contest had three entries, all blueberry. All participants received a ribbon. Carlton Chamber of Commerce President Shannah Wolf said she hopes to see the event grow in the future.

The Red Barn Festival's band performances Saturday were interrupted by a rainstorm in the afternoon. The first annual family friendly event featured bean bag toss and other games as well as live music.

The parade on Sunday afternoon saw more entries than last year. Many area politicians interacted with the crowds lining the street.

The weekend wound down with the last bands playing into the early evening at The Third Base Bar and VFW.