Billings Park gears up for fun
Once again, Billings Park Days will team up with Kwik Trip to show respect for local police officers. During the event Friday and Saturday, more than 1,000 blue light bulbs will be distributed. Everyone is encouraged to turn the city blue during ...
Once again, Billings Park Days will team up with Kwik Trip to show respect for local police officers. During the event Friday and Saturday, more than 1,000 blue light bulbs will be distributed. Everyone is encouraged to turn the city blue during National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7, with the free bulbs.
A trio of Superior High School seniors are taking the lead on the giveaway, according to Keith Kern, a member of the Billings Park Business Association, which organizes Billings Park Days.
"We thought it was a nice partnership for seniors looking for a senior project," he said.
The fun kicks off Friday with garage sales all day. Deep Water students will perform on the main stage from 5:30-6:30 p.m., when the Billings Park Days king and queen will be announced. Dance to live music by "Most Wanted" beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Jimmy's Saloon.
Fireworks will begin at dusk followed by a showing of "The Goonies" at the Billings Park Civic Center. Free popcorn and juice boxes will be provided.
The adventure for pirate treasure beat Steven Spielberg's "E.T." in a Facebook poll with 66 percent of the vote.
"As we're doing things, we try to keep the community in on the decision making," Kern said.
Saturday activities begin at 9 a.m. with Align Yoga on the main stage.
The one-block parade starts at 10 a.m.
A kids carnival with games, bounce houses, face painting and more runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Superior Improv brings comedy to the main stage from 11 a.m. to noon.
The car show begins along Iowa Avenue at noon and runs through 4 p.m. The decision to change venues for the show was driven by community input, Kern said.
A badminton tournament and a 21-and-older bean bag tournament also take place at noon.
Miranda's Smooch a Pooch invites everyone to showcase their favorite canine during the dog show from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the main stage. Participants can dress them up, show off their newest trick or just share a story about them. Entry forms are available at Smooch a Pooch, 1827 Iowa Ave.
A kids demolition derby will take place at 3 p.m. on the main stage, followed by raffle drawings at 4 p.m. and ventriloquist Jeremy Lepak from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Music by "Tempted Fate" begins at 7:30 p.m. at Charlie Brown's.
The Billings Park Business Association aims to keep the family-friendly events free, Kern said. They focus on activities that are appropriate for all ages and bring neighbors together. A fee is charged for the kids carnival, a fundraiser for the Rampage.
There's still time to be part of the fun. Sign up for the neighborhood garage sales by Wednesday through the Billings Park Days Facebook page or by emailing Billingsparkdays@gmail.com . Kern is still seeking floats for the parade. Call 218-391-8037 to sign up.