A fair-sized crowd turned out for the annual Festival of the Parks celebration on Wednesday at the Scandinavian Heritage Park, taking in the music, food, and sunshine that was offered.
The festival started at 8 a.m. with breakfast, followed by an ecumenical church service, a concert by the Minot City Band and a patriotic program. In the afternoon there was entertainment provided by Dakota Dixie, Formerly Fiona and Dakota Rose, which finished by 4 p.m. so people could attend the Soaring Over the Souris air show starting later in the afternoon.
Formerly Fiona, a duo of sisters from Grand Forks, was new to the Festival of the Parks stage this year, treating their listeners to songs they'd written as well as cover songs. The sisters brought their father on stage to sing with them for a couple of numbers.
Jill Hambek/MDN • People attending the annual Festival of the Parks celebration on Wednesday seemed to be enjoying themselves as they listened to the music and enjoyed the warm and breezy summer day. The festival was held in the Scandinavian Heritage Park for the second time since Roosevelt Park and Zoo were flooded and not ready for use yet.
The other two bands, Dakota Dixie and Dakota Rose, have played at the Festival of the Parks in years past and treated the audience to their lively tunes during the afternoon, too.
People attending the festival seemed to be enjoying themselves, with the shaded places being the most popular spots to gather and listen to the music. Ellen St. Croix, Minot, and her friends, had been having a fun afternoon since arriving at 12:30 p.m..
"We ate some gyros for lunch when we got here, and we've visited with people we know and we're having a good time," St. Croix said.
Kids in attendance also seemed to be enjoying themselves, most especially in the bouncy giraffe castle.
Admittance to the Festival of the Parks was free this year, but people could buy souvenir buttons.