Make sure you play your part in the Little Falls Dam Festival

This week is the time when all residents of Little Falls get a chance to celebrate their community. The annual Little Falls Dam Festival begins Monday with a medallion hunt sponsored by Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union. Cash amounting to $500 goes to the finder.

Then Friday, the Little Falls Business Association has organized a big sidewalk sale. Friday evening a karaoke contest and a street dance  featuring the “Roosters” will take place.

On Saturday at 8 a.m., the first Dam2Dam Bike Ride will take place, starting at LeBourget Park. Free airplane rides will be offered, starting at 9 a.m., at the airport, which will allow everyone, including camera buffs, to get a new perspective on Little Falls.

Minnesota Power will be offering hydroelectric power plant tours all day.

At 10 a.m., a Fur Trade Era Historical Re-enactment will be performed in Maple Island Park. Most of the weekend’s activities and attractions will be in that park, including food vendors, a community lane and an arts and crafts lane, all opening at 10 a.m.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the big parade, starting at 11 a.m., and running from City Hall to St. Gabriel’s Hospital along First Street.

The JSAW Professional Skateboard Team will put on daredevil performances all afternoon, starting at 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Little Falls Kiwanis will host Turtle Races, starting at 2:45 p.m. Sign up your speedster beforehand.

A cash raffle giveaway will take place under the big tent at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Dam Talent Contest, starting at 6 p.m.

Then, another street dance, featuring the deejay Double Trouble will play from 8 p.m. on.

The celebration will be capped off at 10:05 p.m. with a big fireworks display.

This is a time to get together with family and friends and celebrate with them. Many former residents are now making a point of coming back to town on this weekend just because of the celebration, so you never know who you will run into.

Show your pride in our community, and have some fun at the same time. Participating in the Dam Festival is a great way to say, “I Love Little Falls.”