July 7, 2011 at 8:47 a.m.
The second wave that came through was the one that really had me worried. My son and I were on the porch looking at the approaching storm and he pointed out the color of the clouds. It was an emerald green which usually signifies hail. Again, we were lucky to only have heavy rain, but there was plenty of hail damage around the area. Not a great way to begin a supposed relaxing weekend.
As you are reading this, Karl Oskar Days are in full swing. The weather is supposed to be perfect so they are expecting large crowds.
The snuff box hunt is underway and the lucky finder will receive $250 if they are subscribers to the Press and have a Karl Oskar Days button. If you find the snuff box, on Saturday or Sunday, please bring it to the Press on Monday to collect your prize.
The queen coronation will take place tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in the Chisago Lakes Performing Arts Center.
Ladies Nite Out will also take place Thursday night and features great specials along with food and entertainment around Lindstrom.
Friday, you are invited to a recycled book sale at the Chisago Lakes Library that runs all day. Friday evening is one of my favorite nights of the celebration. How about a tug-o-war between the queen and the rest of the candidates with their respective teams? They will try to pull the other team into a huge mud pit.
When the tug-o-war is complete, all you have to do is spin around to watch the 2011 kiddie parade. If you have young children, you are invited to dress them up in their favorite costume and walk with them in the parade. The parade begins at 7 p.m. on Akerson Street by Fairview Cemetery. There is bingo right across the street at the Lindstrom Community Center if you are looking for some relief from the heat.
Finally, to cap off a busy day, there will be a fireworks display down at Beach Park at 10 p.m. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs, but get there early to claim a good spot.
Saturday the Chisago Lakes Golf course will be holding their annual golf tournament which begins at 7:30 a.m. Call 257-1484 for more information.
Saturday morning is also the biggest 5K race held in Chisago County. The Lindstrom Loppet has long been "The Race" and judging by recent numbers, it will be a full race again this year. The race is at 8 a.m. at Lakes Free Church by the High School and registration is from 7 to 7:45 a.m.
Make sure to take a stroll down Main Street in Lindstrom on Saturday. There will be a Farmer's Market along with the ever-popular arts and craft fair in Memorial Park, next to the Chamber of Commerce.
St. Bridget's of Sweden will have a classic car show as well as a 3 on 3 basketball tournament in its parking lot.
From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., The Lindstrom Bakery will be serving Scandinavian Donut Sundaes. All proceeds will go directly to the food shelf, so why not stop by for a yummy treat.
At 3 p.m., the Gustaf Anderson House will host a Queen's reception.
The Grand Day parade will begin at 6 p.m. and has a new "old" route. It will travel west through downtown then turn south on Park Street and east down Newell Avenue across Olinda Trail then south on Broadway to Sylvan Avenue. I am telling you this so you do not set your lawn chairs up in the wrong area.
Saturday night has two places for live music and dancing. Uncle Chunk will be playing at the St. Bridget's parking lot and Jonah & the Whales will be performing at Tortilla's.
Sunday you can get a pancake breakfast at the Mason's Lodge beginning at 7 a.m. At noon there is a "Moberg's Mosaics" reception at the Gustaf Anderson House. And finally, the annual Karl Oskar Days Trap Shoot caps the celebration off at 2 p.m. at the Sportsmen's Club.
So as you can see, there is something happening every minute of every day, I really hope you can come out and have some fun.
Remember that next week is the Chisago County Fair. The fair is held in Rush City and has been around for decades and decades and is still one of our family's favorites. The fair runs July 14 to July 17 and includes rides, tons of animals, motocross, demolition derby, and a tractor pull.
If you are a runner, a swimmer or a biker (pedal), your dream event is just a few weeks away. The Chisago Lakes Triathlon will take place on Sunday, July 24 in Chisago City. If you have been part of the Triathlon before, either participating or volunteering, you know what a huge event it has turned into.
You may still register for the race at www.midwestsportsevents.com. Keep in mind that you do not have to run the half Iron Man, there is a sprint race and a team race you and your friends can enter. There is also a kids triathlon as well, so get your kids' bikes tuned up.