Rum River Festival to have 14 bands in parade

The Milaca High School Marching Band, pictured above in 2012, is expected to be among 14 or so bands that will perform in the 2013 Rum River Festival Parade.
The Milaca High School Marching Band, pictured above in 2012, is expected to be among 14 or so bands that will perform in the 2013 Rum River Festival Parade.

The Maple Lake Irish, the Champlin Park Marching Rebels and a dozen other marching bands will fill the streets of Princeton with music during this year’s Rum River Festival parade on Thursday, June 13.
This will likely be the most marching bands the town has ever hosted in a parade — and ironically Princeton doesn’t have a marching band to be part of it.
Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce interim coordinator Jim Oliver had originally planned to book a maximum of 10 marching bands for the parade but decided to allow more.
“I love bands. I love music,” Oliver explained as he worked on the planning for the upcoming June 9-16 festival.
The marching bands will compete for parade honors, which will be announced during an awards ceremony at the high school football field after the parade.
The parade will have at least 75 units, according to Oliver, and will start at 6 p.m. on Rum River Drive next to the Holiday Station. The parade route goes from there north to the First Street signal intersection, before heading west three blocks to the west side of the Caley House/Elim Home complex. From there, the parade will go south along Eighth Avenue where it ends at South Elementary.
The Princeton Ambassador coronation kicks off the festival on Sunday, June 9, at New Life Church. Pageant admission is $6, or $5 if wearing a Rum River Festival button. The coronation pageant will begin at 6 p.m., with an optional informal picnic that people can attend beforehand, starting at 5 p.m. The church will be selling a hotdog, chips and pop meal for $3 as part of the picnic.
. The pageant will include music from the Princeton High School Chamber Singers. At least one member of the Minneapolis Aquatennial royalty will attend, as will ambassadors from other cities. The seven Princeton Ambassador candidates are Allison Sterneman, Hailey Wheeler, Makayla Luke, Emily Cassiday, Heather Anderson, Sabrina Steinke and Karly Syverson.
Festival buttons, which carry the festival’s “Take Me to the River” theme, will be selling for $1 each at various local merchants to help offset the festival’s expenses
Medallion hunt
The festival medallion hunt will begin on Monday, June 10, with clues posted each day at the office of the Princeton Union-Eagle and on the air at WQPM Radio. The prize for finding the medallion is $100.
Music in the Park
The festival has no event on Tuesday, June 11. However, the Tuesdays in the Park concert series will have a concert that evening, featuring the blues group  The Everett Smithson Band at the Mille Lacs County Historical Society depot.. The concert is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Other events
Wednesday, June 12, is the festival’s Distinguished Service Awards banquet in the Princeton VFW meeting room, with social hour starting at 6 p.m. and the banquet at 7 p.m.
The parade is the big event on Thursday, June 13.
Although the Princeton Speedway races are not a festival event, they are on Friday, June 14.
The festival has several activities on Saturday, June 15, one being the 5K family run/walk. The 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. in front of the library. The runners and walkers will go south on Fourth Avenue to near the wastewater plant property and then double back to finish where the 5K started. Race registration will be at 7 a.m. in the library community room for those who have not already registered.
The registration fee is $20 if made prior to May 31, and $25 after that. For the fee, participants will receive a T-shirt, digital chip timing and snacks and water, and they will be eligible for prizes and will compete for a medal.
Crafts, food, games
A festival street fair, featuring craft and food vendors, and children’s games will be set up in the north mall lot and on one block of Rum River Drive between First Street and Second Street North from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15.
Another attraction that Saturday, separate from the festival, will be the local farmers market in the nearby south mall lot during the morning.
Lions breakfast
The Princeton Lions Club annual festival brunch takes place at the Princeton airport on Sunday, June 16, with a charge of $8 for adults, $3 for ages 5-12 and free for under age 5. The fundraiser brunch will run 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. inside one of the airport hangars.
A classic car show and a display of radio-controlled planes will also be on the airport grounds..
More information on the festival events is available by calling the chamber office at 763-389-1764.