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Events blend, grow for North End Days

Courtesy of Carolyn Nelson-Kavajecz Sterling Silver Studio dancers line up during a recent Spooktacular parade in Superior. The parade and Pumpkin Patch for kids of the Spooktacular were donated to a new two-day event that runs Oct. 12-13, North End Days.

A pair of Superior events are coming together and expanding to create North End Days.

The Oct. 12-13 event features an art crawl; live music at different venues; a parade and children's games; inflatables; and a Saturday night street dance between Ogden and Hammond avenues on Broadway Street.

It expands on a 10-year tradition of celebrating the arts, sponsored by Andrew Perfetti of Goin' Postal, and the Superior Business Improvement District's annual Spooktacular.

"I've had a number of constituents and people I know request doing something in the downtown, North End area," said Councilor Tylor Elm, who is helping to organize the new event. "At the time, I wasn't sure what that would be. Initially, one of my first thoughts ... was trying to do something unique and different ... I wasn't even sure what time of the year this would be."

He said first considered creating a simple festival where the public could sample the flavors of various food trucks.

However, with the Superior Business Improvement District looking to refocus on its primary function — improving businesses — and knowing Perfetti, the idea blossomed to combine events and expand them for the new celebration of North End and downtown.

"We've been doing it for about 10 years now, twice a year, but this one is going to be different," Perfetti said of the art and music event that begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 12. "It's going to be a whole art and music festival."

Goin' Postal plans to have a number of different artists showing at the variety of venues, many featuring music. Art will be on display at Goin' Postal, Vintage Italian Pizza, Art on the Planet, Thirsty Pagan, the Spirit Room and a gallery by the Spirit Room, and Framing by Stengl. Listen to music at VIP, Framing by Stengl, Thirsty Pagan and the Spirit Room.

"It's a gigantic celebration of art and music in the North End," Perfetti said.

The Oct. 13 events kick off at 2 p.m. with the Spooktacular parade. The parade starts at Ogden Avenue and North 13th and goes down to Broadway, where it turns east to and exits off Hughitt Avenue.

"We started to talk together," said Carolyn Nelson-Kavajecz, owner of Sterling Silver Studio, who was involved in planning the fall event in downtown. "We thought that the Spooktacular parade was already an event that was proven to be successful. We had built up the concept of the Pumpkin Patch, which was the children's outdoor carnival so we thought this might be a really good fit."

Lindsey Jacobson, director of the Superior Business Improvement District, said the Spooktacular was a wonderful community event, but the BID learned through its strategic planning process last year that it wasn't helping businesses. So when they learned the North End group was looking to start North End Days, it was an opportunity to turn over the event to them.

"The traffic was great," Jacobson said, estimating about 1,000 people turned out to catch candy and see costumes during the parade. "It was a great event for kids and families.

"I'm hoping that it brings positive awareness to the North End," she said.

"That was part of the Spooktacular before," Elm said. "There will be games; there will be food truck vendors. We're working on a car show."

The car show still hasn't been decided, said Brian Lammi, organizer and event marketing manager. He said the plan for the two-day event is still developing and people can still get involved in the event.

Around like 3:15 p.m. Oct. 13, Elm said the city's police and fire departments face off in a new competition: a tug-of-war.

"How often do you see a tug-of-war between the police and fire?" Elm asked

A costume contest begins at 4 p.m.

"I know it's going to be a fabulous event," Nelson-Kavajecz said. "Being involved in the Spooktacular for several years — that in itself was just so well attended ... it's so much fun. It's free for families ... It's celebrating the arts, fun and family, and looking at local artists. It really is a way of accentuate our community."

The street dance starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 and features three local bands: Born Too Late, Buckwild and South of Superior.

Lammi and Elm both said they hope the final band will change their name for the night to "North of Superior."

"I think it's a great opportunity to get down in the area and see what it has to offer," Lammi said. "For me, a favorite is always the vendors and we're still getting that lined up. Plus. it's the end of the season ... and a chance to get the kids dressed up for Halloween."

For information on how to get involved, go to northenddays.com.