Celebrate community at Slice of Shoreview Days

The Slice of Shoreview Days annual parade always draws a big crowd. This year’s will take place on Saturday, July 27, starting at 10 a.m. at Victoria Street and County Road D, traveling north to Island Lake Park.

Minnesotans don’t have to wait until the State Fair to get their cheese curd fix; Slice of Shoreview has all the classic fair favorites with a few gourmet specialties, like barbecue fusion and homemade Rice Krispies-style treats.

A young visitor is excited about the festival’s goats. Slice of Shoreview’s petting zoo is a great place for kids to discover new species, and new friends. (file photos)

Slice of Shoreview has a lot of opportunities for kids in the community to get out and play, from bounce houses to carnival rides. This year, the festival will also introduce an obstacle course similar to those seen on the television show, “American Ninja Warrior.”

For three days this summer — July 26 to 28 — folks of all ages will have the opportunity to get out and celebrate what they love about their city at Slice of Shoreview Days 2019.

The festival is all about free — and stress-free — family fun. It will launch on Friday, July 26, with a ton of activities, booths and food vendors. Festivities will continue through Sunday, July 28, at Island Lake County Park, located at the intersection of Interstate 694 and Victoria Street.  

Parking will be available in the Deluxe Corporation lot across the street from the park, with a shuttle available to take people over. There will also be golf carts at the festival for seniors, young families and anyone who wants to make the rounds without needing to hit the pavement.


Opening day

The festival starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 26, with chalk art and free berry treats from Driscoll’s. There will also be rubber ducky races, a bungee trampoline and an obstacle course, which will all be present throughout the festival. 

The obstacle course —called Ninja Anywhere and reminiscent of the television show “American Ninja Warrior” — is new to the festival.

“It’ll be exciting because it’s interactive. We like to have interactive things,” says Jacci Krebsbach, chair of the festival committee. 

Carnival rides, bingo and a petting zoo will start up at 5 p.m. on Friday and run every day of the celebration. “Art in the Park,” an arts and craft fair, will also be present all three days.

From 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, the Bad Girlfriends Band will take the stage and provide live music for festivalgoers. Those looking to belt out a few tunes themselves can join the Root Beer and Hymn Sing presented by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church from 6 to 7 p.m.

The night will wrap up with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.


Serving up a slice

Dining options this year will be a mix of old standards and fresh flavors, according to food coordinator Steve Gallop. 

One of this year’s new vendors is Wok This Way, with Rice Krispies-style treats “served up warm and gooey in a Chinese take-out container,” according to Gallop. Schroder Concessions will have classics like hot dogs and cheese curds. Nine to Five and Bubba’s Fusion BBQ will be back, and Northern Soda Company will be doing tastings of homemade, local soft drinks. 

Annual parade 

Saturday, July 27, will begin bright and early at 8 a.m. with the Shoreview YMCA’s 5K fun run. For residents who aren’t running enthusiasts, there will be an 8 a.m. pancake breakfast. 

Shortly after, the annual Slice of Shoreview Days parade will kick off at 10 a.m. at Victoria Street and County Road D, traveling north along Victoria and ending in Island Lake Park. People can catch crowd favorites like the Zuhrah Shrine Horsemen and the Brooklyn Park Lions drum and dance team. 

This year’s parade grand marshal will be Carol Jackson, manager of the Shoreview Library. Jackson was one of 50 librarians worldwide to be named one of Library Journal’s 2019 Movers & Shakers for her innovative community engagement efforts.

On Saturday, visitors can also participate in free activities from Ready Go, a program from Springboard for the Arts that brings artist-created mobile tools to connect communities. There will be a table tennis trailer from noon to 6 p.m., a letterpress from 1 to 5 p.m. and a metal casting demo by a Shoreview native from 4 to 7 p.m. 

The KTIS Truck, from the local Christian radio station, will be present from noon to 5 p.m. The Lake Johanna Fire Department will host an open house from noon to 6 p.m., and Memorial Blood Center will put on a blood drive from 1 to 5 p.m. 

Kids of all ages can cool off on a slip ‘n’ slide from 2 to 4 p.m., while adults of all ages take in a musical theater presentation from the Lakeshore Players during the same timeframe. The Backyard Band will be playing rock ‘n’ roll from 3 to 6 p.m., with the Power of 10 bringing the hits from 7 to 10 p.m. 

Saturday night will also end with a fireworks display at 10 p.m. 


Slice sendoff

Sunday, July 28, will start with the Tour De Trails bike ride. The race starts at 7:30 a.m., and participants can choose an 8- or 25-mile course. Registration is available online at store.shoreviewmn.gov/webstore.php. There will be a waffle breakfast at 8 a.m., a sand volleyball tournament from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a service presented by Calvary Church at 10:30 a.m.

The classic car show will start at noon, parading southbound from the area of I-694 and Victoria Street to Island Lake Park. The cars will settle near the north shelter for people to observe until 3 p.m., with an awards show following at 3:15 p.m.

The Holy Rocka Rollaz will play from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and the Barley Jacks, a bluegrass band, will be on stage from 1 to 3 p.m. There will also be a slip ‘n’ slide and mobile sign shop from Ready Go, each running from 1 to 3 p.m.

Following the car show, this year’s Slice of Shoreview Days will turn into a wonderful memory, leaving folks connected to their community and excited for next summer. For additional information, visit sliceofshoreview.com.

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