Covered Bridge Music & Arts Festival is June 19-22

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ZUMBROTA – Mark your calendar for the weekend of June 19 -22 for the 2014 Covered Bridge Music & Arts Festival. 

Start off the fun Thursday evening downtown on Main Street with Rock the Block, sponsored by the Zumbrota Business Group. Sidewalks will be buzzing with sales, food vendors, and entertainment.

Then on Friday you can take your family out for supper at the old fashioned Car-Hop at the United Redeemer Church parking lot (560 3rd St W).  The Zumbrota Area Arts Council  is hosting Family Movie Night at the historic State Theatre (96 4th St E) with a 7 p.m. screening of Up.  Those of us who are old enough can head on down to the VFW (25 1st St E) for its Friday night free street dance featuring “The Fields.”  

Saturday is full of activities, starting with the annual Covered Bridge 5K Fun Run, a fundraiser to help support the Goodhue Pioneer Trail.

The men’s softball league will hold their tournament Saturday and Sunday at the Covered Bridge softball fields east of Highway 58.  To sign up a team contact Darin Nelson at 507-261-3522. The women’s volleyball tournament will be held at the Covered Bridge Park; contact Chrissy Flotterud at 507-259-5834 to sign up your team. 

Other activities at Covered Bridge Park include kids’ games and activities sponsored by Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. In the same area will be the 4-H Petting Zoo where kids can see and hold a variety of farm animals. The Zumbrota Dance Studio dancers will be on stage to entertain the crowd on Saturday at 11 a.m. The young kids can take a ride on Kaptain Kirby Train Rides all afternoon. 

Saturday morning at the City Hall area will be Red Wing Stoneware pottery sales. This year’s limited edition piece is an egg separator with the logo introduced at the 150th Zumbrota celebration in 2006. Only 100 are available for sale. Also available is an invaluable one-of-a-kind Red Wing Stoneware butter churn lamp that will be sold via silent auction. This “only one produced” will be awarded to the lucky high bidder at 1 p.m. 

The Everett Smithson Band will play Zydeco (swamp rock), blues, and funky roots music outside the Zumbrota Public Library at 1 p.m. Audience participation and education are a part of the band’s performance. There will be free harmonica lessons and Zydeco dance lessons. 

The Street Market is also a very popular spot to be on Saturday. Vendors too numerous to list will be selling their wares on East Avenue, between 3rd and 5th Streets. Then continue up East Avenue to Art in East Park. The ever growing juried Art Festival will have live music playing in the band shell throughout the day. This event offers displays and sales of art and a variety of authentic handcrafted items. 

There will be a variety of food vendors scattered throughout town. Goodies will include mini-donuts, slushies, kettle corn, cotton candy, nachos, burgers, BBQ ribs, french fries, onion rings, pizza, cheese curds, chicken wraps. 

The Grand Parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Main Street. This parade boasts six high school bands competing for trophies. Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley will lead as Grand Marshal.  Following the parade is yet another free VFW Street Dance, this year featuring music by JT & the Gunslingers. The group plays outlaw country and southern rock.

Rounding out the evening will be a pyrotechnical fireworks display at 10 p.m. Saturday night.  

On Sunday morning the VFW will host a pancake breakfast. 

A band festival will be held at East Park from noon - 5 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and tuck in for music from the Zumbrota Community Band, Fridley City Band and German Band, Shoreview Northern Lights Varsity Band, and Brio Brass Swing.

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