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Planning is under way for Rivertown Days July 18 to 21

The 2013 Rivertown Days button design is done, thanks to Dave Youngren and Natasha Hill. The planning has begun for the events and activities.

The annual Rivertown Days, sponsored by the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and RBC Wealth Management, will be held July 18-21.

Some events have already been confirmed.

As it has for years, the Edina Realty Medallion Hunt will kick off this year's festival the week of the festival. Each day a new clue will be released daily at the Edina Realty office, 1649 S. Frontage Road. The finders received a $500 prize with a Rivertown Days button, or a $250 prize without a button. The medallion will be hidden on public property within the city.

The amateur photography contest is sponsored by Mac McGoon Portrait Design Studio. There are four categories: people, animals, historic Hastings and landscapes. Entries will be displayed at the LeDuc Historic Estate during Rivertown Days. The cost per entry is $5. Deadline for entries is July 17.

For more information, call 437-2000.

Teens will have their night at the Hastings Family Aquatic Center Thursday, July 18. Open swimming will be available for teens ages 13 to 17 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The carnival will be will be located in Jaycee Park along the riverfront from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. There are unlimited rides with a $20 wristband.

Hastings native Nick Fox will be part of "Get Nuts" at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20 at The Busted Nut. He performs a variety of pop, rock and his own original music.

The fireworks display is at dusk Saturday, July 20.

The Rivertown Days parade begins at noon Sunday, July 22. This year's route is northbound on Ramsey (opposite the one-way) from 10th Street to Second Street, Second Street to Eddy Street, ending at Wilson Park.

The arts and crafts fair will be located in Levee Park. All food vendor spots are filled. Information on registration for the different events and activities is available at the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce website,, and by calling 651-437-6775.