By Blaze Fugina,
Residents attending this year’s Maple Plain 100-year celebration on Aug. 18 will have a variety of events to choose from in the city’s downtown area.
The centennial celebration is the chance for residents to attend a celebration the city normally does not host.
Kristen Church, a volunteer coordinator for the 100-year celebration, said that this will be a chance for people to enjoy a celebration for the city.
"I think people will be excited to see Maple Plain have a city event like this," she said. "Maple Plain has not done this sort of thing for a while, and I think they will be excited to have a fun filled event in their home town."
The celebration is the chance to see bands running most of the day, starting at 3 p.m. and ending at midnight.
Bobbi Henrich, who has planned much of the centennial celebration, said that she is looking forward to the bands performing at the Main Stage in downtown Maple Plain.
"The Decades Music Show is by local high school students," she said. "They will be singing and dancing, in costume, from each decade of the last century. Then we move on to popular, local bands, Red Dot Garage and the Ladies of the 80s with Rock It Science."
The parades are planned to be a big draw, and will feature a Kiddie Parade at 12:30 p.m. before the Community Parade at 1 p.m. Church said the parade is the event she is looking forward to the most.
"My favorite event I am excited to see is the parade," she said. "It is going to be great to see businesses partake in the parade and support the community, and hopefully promote themselves in town."
Parade attendees should note that reserved seating for Kiddie Parade is planned for participants in front of the Discovery Center during the Community Parade. This will allow families in the Kiddie Parade to have reserved seats for the second parade starting at 1 p.m.
The parade rout is planned to start at a staging area in the industrial portion of Pioneer Creek Drive. The route will travel south on Budd Avenue before traveling east on Independence Street. The parade will then head north on Howard Avenue, turn east on Drake Street, and travel south on Perkins Lane. The block will be completed on Independence Street before the parade will finish heading south on Howard Avenue.
The grand marshals of the Community Parade are Paul and Marlys Lindholm.
Before the Kiddie Parade, children will have the chance to enjoy activities at the Discovery Center in downtown Maple Plain.
"The children’s activity will be a great place for families to hang out before the parade," said Church. "There will be bounce houses for kids to jump in, clowns, face painting and much, much more."
The Maple Plain Fire Department will be hosting a Waterball Challenge in front of the Fire Station. Henrich said this competition involves local fire departments spraying their fire hoses at a ball on a wire. The department that pushes the ball past a spot on their opponent’s side is declared the winner.
"It is a great event on a hot day," said Henrich.
Other downtown events Henrich mentioned that are taking place on Saturday, Aug. 18 include the 5-kilometer run/walk at 8:30 a.m., the Star West Chevrolet Classic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., tours of the Maple Plain Museum from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a celebration for the Hennepin County Library’s 90th year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Church added that Vikings Cheerleaders will be at the Maple Plain Centennial next to the craft market from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Church also thanked the city and all of the other planners of the Maple Plain 100 year celebration.
"I want to thank everyone that helped in planning this celebration, especially the Chamber of Commerce members, and the City of Maple Plain for helping fund it to make it possible," she said.
The Saturday, Aug. 18 festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. with the 5-kilometer run/walk, and conclude at 12 a.m. with bands and the street dance.