Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days celebrates community

Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days will provide four days of fun Thursday, July 11, through Sunday, July 14.

The Isanti Rodeo and Jubilee Days Parade will kickoff the festivities at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and will feature two-time NCAA Heavyweight Champion and Isanti Native Tony Nelson as the grand marshal. The parade will be preceded by a fly over by T-6 Thunder and is expected to draw in a crowd of approximately 5,000 people.

The parade route runs on the south side of County Road 5 from Isanti Middle School to Strike Funeral Home.

Following the parade, Wintergreens and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will offer live music, games and campfires.

Each day will feature a variety of events sponsored by businesses and organizations of the community. Pony rides, an obstacle course and moon walk, a community wellness screening, a corn feed, food vendors and bingo are just some of the features people can expect to enjoy.

The Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days is a community celebration that is made possible through volunteers and the charity of the community.

“It’s an awesome event that the community steps up and helps pay for things,” said Dave Englund who is serving as Jubilee chairperson for the fourth year. “It costs a few thousand to put on, and if the community wouldn’t step up and pay, it wouldn’t be free.”

On Friday, July 12, vendors, classic cars, games and food will be at Lake State Credit Union starting at 9 a.m. From 2:30-6:30 p.m. the Isanti Family Farmers Market will be held at Eagle Park. Mutton Bustin’ will introduce the rodeo, which begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a dance featuring a performance by “Sterns County 17.”

Saturday, July 13, will offer a day of free events for kids and families. A fitness walk and run hosted by Snap Fitness will start the day at 7:30 a.m. A craft show will offer guests a new attraction and an opportunity to shop for crafts and goodies from local crafters beginning at 9 a.m. at Eagle Park. At 11 a.m. there will be a kiddie parade from Faith Lutheran Church.

One of the day’s most anticipated events, the Turtle Races sponsored by the Isanti Lions, will start at 1 p.m. That will be followed by the 23rd annual Outhouse Races at 2 p.m. The rodeo will resume at 6:30 p.m. and offer a dance featuring “Iron Horse.” Rodeo dances are free with paid rodeo tickets.

Events will close with the Isanti Ambassador Coronation 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14. The coronation will be held at Spectacular Events Banquet Center, and admission is $7.

“If you want to come out and have fun family time, it’s all free,” Englund said.

A complete schedule of 2013 Jubilee Rodeo Days events and information on registration can be found at www.isantichamber.com.

For rodeo ticket information, call 763-464-2508.

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