Mills readies for all-out blast June 9-10
Kevin Cederstrom firstname.lastname@example.org For one weekend this summer the city might as well be renamed Party Central. Looking at the number of events going on the weekend of June 9-11, the streets of New York Mills will resemble more Mardi Gras than this ...
For one weekend this summer the city might as well be renamed Party Central.
Looking at the number of events going on the weekend of June 9-11, the streets of New York Mills will resemble more Mardi Gras than this quiet little hamlet we call home. Maybe not quite that wild but the city will be busy with The Great American Think-Off, parade and street dance, Ronald McDonald House Benefit Ride, kids bike rodeo, and activities in Central Park.
Where else can a person find an eclectic blend of philosophy and a biker rally like this? Mix in a small-town parade, food in the park, climbing wall for the kids and there you have it - Party Central.
With all the fun and excitement comes a potential concern. Brian Nelson, NY Mills Police Chief, is concerned about having enough resources to provide adequate law enforcement coverage while the street dance is going on downtown and the bikers have their party at the V.F.W. Nelson told the City Council on Tuesday the Mills street dance has a great reputation as a family event with very few problems over the years but police officers must be at the dance to take care of any incidents. The RMH Ride committee will provide its own security at the V.F.W. during the outdoor concert but again, Nelson said, he must have enough officers available in town should there be a need for additional muscle at the club. Nelson told the council by having his full-time officers on and hiring part-timers for the night the city should have adequate coverage. There is a possibility county deputies could help out as well.
Activities in Central Park begin at 3 p.m. There will be a climbing wall and bounce house for kids. Food vendors will be set up selling turkey sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, drinks and other treats.
Parade - Begins at 7 p.m. There will be no kiddie parade this year but parents are encouraged to dress their children in Eagles wear to walk ahead of the NY Mills Marching Band.
Street Dance - Begins immediately following the parades conclusion and will go until midnight with the band, Powerplay.
Citywide Garage Sale - Friday and Saturday; locations to be listed in the Herald.
Kids Bike Safety Rodeo - This free event starts at 9 a.m. in the Farmers & Merchants State Bank parking lot. All kids are welcome to participate and have a chance to win one of 20 new bikes. Ronald McDonald and his pals will be on hand to pose for photos.
Ronald McDonald House Benefit Ride - The ride takes off from the V.F.W. at 12 noon. Bikers will travel a 110 mile scenic route through rural Minnesota with a variety of stops before ending back at the V.F.W. for a hog roast, door prizes, live auction and live outdoor concert with Icebreaker.
The Great American Think-Off - Four philosophers take on this years question, Safety or Freedom: Which Benefits Society More? The debate begins at 7 p.m at the school auditorium.