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Fun in the Sun: Here’s your guide to Rivertown Days 2018

Just one week until the 40th Annual Rivertown Days

What's different this year? Enjoy being able to take a relaxing stroll on the riverwalk between the carnival and the Art Fair.

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The carnival, music and food trucks have all been moved to Levee Park, while the Art Fair has been moved to Jaycee Park.

"We wanted to utilize our new outdoor pavilion at Levee," Kristy Barse, Chamber president, said.

This year features 35 different events around town, many being at participating local businesses.

There will be a total of 14 food trucks with a wide range of food options. Expect everything from gyros to asian invasion (think wontons and pad thai), but also classic fair favorites like turkey legs, mini donuts and cheese curds.

Here's a complete list of events going on, so you can celebrate Rivertown Days your way.

Buttons required at Levee Park

Rivertown Days buttons are required to get into these activities, so make sure to grab yours at the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce or at a participating local business. Buttons are $4 in advance or $5 at the gate. Buttons are only required for ages 12 and up.

• Conquer Ninja Warrior Course

• Friday, 5 p.m.

• Saturday, 11 a.m.

• Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

• Fishing for Life Trout Pond

• Friday, 5-10 p.m.

• Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

• Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Police K-9 Demonstration

• Friday, 6 p.m.

• Pleasant Hill Library Art Truck

• Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

• Saturday, 11 a.m.-to 4 p.m.

• Water Ski Show by SkiDox

• Saturday, 2 p.m., Mississippi River between Highway 61 and the train bridge.

Rotary Pavilion

The music lineup includes:

Friday, July 20

• Arch Allies, 7:30-11 p.m.

• Tribute Band: Bon Jovi, Journey and more

Saturday, July 21

• Black Dirt Theatre Improv, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

• The Coxmen, 3:30-5 p.m.

• Hip-hop and rock

• Bad Girlfriends, 7:30-11 p.m.

• Rock, country and dance from the 70s to present day

Sunday, July 22

• Community Church Service by St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 9:15 a.m.

• Hastings Sings 2018 Competition, 3:30 p.m.

Wine and Beer Tent

The tent will be set up next to the food area, found west of the Pavilion. Wristbands for the Wine and Beer Tent will be available at the Levee Park's Information Booth. Guests must show their ID to get a wristband.

• Friday, 5-11 p.m.

• Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.

• Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.


The carnival for Rivertown Days 2018 will be found in Levee Park, east of the Pavilion. Carnival activities do not require a button, but will cost extra.

• Friday, 5-11 p.m.

• Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

• Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Arts and Crafts Fair

The Arts and Crafts Fair will be held at Jaycee Park on Saturday from 9 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. tp 4 p.m.

Nearly 100 booths will be present at the fair and will feature a wide variety products for sale.

Rivertown Days Parade

The parade will step off at noon Sunday, July 22.

There will be 100 floats in the parade, mostly made up of local community organizations.

The route will start at the intersection of 10th Street and Ramsey Street, and will head northbound on Ramsey Street. Then, it will turn onto 2nd Street, go through downtown, turn on Eddy Street and end just before Wilson Park.