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Sights from the 39th annual Rivertown Days

Mike Bremer, left, and deputy police chief David Wilske were neck and neck for most of the duck race. Bremer ended up pulling ahead in the second half of the race and took first place. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 8
Scott Stricker races against his son Joel during the VP75/Hobby Stock finals in the stars and stripes #59. Scott took fourth overall and helped run all of the power boat races over the weekend. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 8
Six-year-old Ben Waldon attempts to climb the wall at the end of the Conquer Ninja Warrior Course. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 8
Joel Stricker races in his neon #5 boat during the VP75/Hobby Stock finals, which included his father Scott. Joel took sixth overall. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 8
Anna Minard, age 5, colors with sidewalk chalk underneath the bridge Saturday afternoon during Rivertown Days. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 8
The Hastings High School marching band and colorguard put on a show as they walked along the parade route. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 8
Numerous examples of coloring, pictures and designs could be found underneath the bridge during the chalk art exhibit. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 8
Some helpful parade walkers pushed the pictured tractor out of the way at the intersection of Ramsey and Second streets when it stopped working halfway through the parade. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 8

The weather was beautiful (if a little hot) and large crowds turned out for the 39th-annual Rivertown Days this past weekend, July 21-23.

The Mississippi River was lined with spectators for the Twin Cities Power Boat Races put on by the Twin City Power Boat Association, which included local racers Scott, Joel and Mackenzie Stricker. Families strolled through Jaycee Park during the carnival while kids of all ages took turns trying out the Conquer Ninja Warrior Course.

The Rivertown Days Tennis Tournament, put on by the Hastings Tennis Association (HTA) crowned champions in 23 different brackets over the course of three days. Several concerts were put on throughout the city and a fireworks display was featured Saturday night over the river.

Sunday saw the Rivertown Days Grand Parade and the event was concluded with the eighth year of the Hastings Sings Vocal Competition.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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