Weekend Showcase: festival roundup
It's a double dose of festival fun this weekend in the northwest metro as Maple Grove Days and New Hope's Duk Duk Daze kick into high gear.
In Maple Grove, the festival lineup includes a Friday night showing of the movie “Trolls” outdoors at Town Green. On Saturday, Deb Syhre, chair of Maple Grove Days, says you won't want to miss the business expo.
“Saturday there is the business expo in the community center with 130 vendors, businesses and churches in the area,” said Syhre.
On Sunday learn about some history at the Maple Grove History Museum open house.
Al Madsen of the Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society said, “The one portion that we're setting up especially for Maple Grove Days is called the Country Store. This is a display of things that you would find back in the 30s and the 40s back in the country store.”
The Maple Grove Art Fair is happening on Main Street Saturday and Sunday as well.
In New Hope, Duk Duk Daze is underway. And if you're wondering how the festival got its name, New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken takes a swing at that question.
“Now I don't know if this is the truth, but this is what I've always heard: there was a young boy who submitted his entry to the contest because there were ducks floating around on Northwood Lake, and so he couldn't spell real well so he called it Duk Duk Daze, so he won the 25 dollars,” said Hemken.
Northwood Park is the site of carnival rides and plenty of food choices. There are the softball and bean bag tournaments, but there is something very special that’s new this year.
“We've got on Friday night, we do have the Viking Gjallarhorn from the Sounds of the North that's going to be on display. You can take pictures with it. They'll have a prize wheel you can spin,” said the co-director of Duk Duk Daze, Brad Westlund.
“On Saturday afternoon at twelve o’clock we're going to have the New Hope Dance Team. They'll have a performance under the pavilion,” said Westlund.
A full schedule of events for Duk Duk Daze can be found at: Duk Duk Daze and for Maple Grove Days it's Maple Grove Days.
Neil Pursley reporting
July 14, 2017