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Summer fun: Rivertown Days snapshots

The SkiDox Water Ski Team performed for a large crowd on the Mississippi River for Rivertown Days Saturday, July 20. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 10
It was all fun and games at the Rivertown Days Carnival, which featured all the classic rides from the Tilt-a-Whirl to the Ferris Wheel. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 10
Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center staff taught guests about local raptors Saturday morning at the Rotary Pavilion. Along with a red-tailed hawk, the center brought this peregrine falcon, in captivity due to a damaged wing. During a lesson on the near extinction of the bird years ago, a wild falcon called to this one from upriver. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 10
Sheep and goats ... galore! Premier Bank hosted a petting zoo Saturday, July 21, during 2018 Rivertown Days. The zoo also featured a pony, donkey, baby chicks and a snuggly pig. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 10
Performers from the SkiDox did all sorts of tricks during their show Saturday, July 20, including skiing backwards. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 10
Black Dirt Theater's improv group performd for an audience at the Rotary Pavilion Saturday, July 21. This game required two members to act out a scene. At any moment, one of the two not in the scene could yell freeze, tag out one of the performers and start a new scene in the same pose as the previous performer. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia. 6 / 10
Were you a lucky winner? The Rivertown Days Carnival featured a row of games for guests to show off their skills and win big prizes — literally. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 10
A dragon unleashes his fiery breathe onto the crowd at the 2018 Rivertown Days Parade. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia. 8 / 10
Machinery Hill allowed kids of all ages to get up close to construction equipment, and even get inside to honk the horns during 2018 Rivertown Days. Kelsey Roy / RiverTowns Multimedia 9 / 10
Local restaurant Las Margaritas brought bright colors and lively music to the Rivertown Days parade on Sunday, July 22, 2018. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia 10 / 10

Food, games and more, oh my!

Residents from Hastings and beyond turned out this past weekend for 2018 Rivertown Days festivities.

The celebration featured a wide variety of events around town that ran from Friday, July 20, to Sunday, July 22.

Main Rivertown Days events were held at Levee Park, where the new Rotary Pavilion was put to use, staging everything from music groups to comedy acts.

Levee Park also hosted a row of classic fair foods (think savory cheese curds and giant turkey legs), a ninja warrior course, carnival and much more.

The Rivertown Days Parade was a big attraction of Sunday, July 22. The surrounding streets were full of parked cars, and the parade route was lined with chairs and blankets filled by parade viewers, especially kids eager to grab all the candy they could get.