Street dances return to Isanti this weekend

Dust off your dancing shoes because street dances are returning to Isanti this weekend.

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer explained the street dances are part of the marketing program for downtown Isanti. in_dance2

Killer Hayseeds will perform from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, July 27, and Boogie Wonderland will perform from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the intersection of First Avenue and Main Street in downtown Isanti. The Isanti Lions will sell beer, with other food vendors on site as well.

“The street dances are free, and everyone is encouraged to come to downtown Isanti for an evening of music and dancing,” Wimmer said. “The street dances are a way to promote our historic downtown and the wonderful businesses we have downtown. We are hoping to bring in those outside of our community, as well as those within our community.”

The Killer Hayseeds, who have previously performed at various events in Isanti County, have been one of the top-drawing country bands in the Midwest for more than 20 years. The Killer Hayseeds is a high-energy spectacle playing the top current and most requested country hits. Boogie Wonderland plays live 1970s disco music. in_dance1

“We went through the process of determining bands and felt we picked a couple of popular bands that offer different genres of music,” Wimmer said. “We feel we have a couple of great bands that will serve our area well.”

Wimmer said the street dances were discussed with the economic development authority and city council in March and April to determine how to improve the business clientele downtown, as well as market the downtown.

“We still have residents in our community who haven’t been to our historic downtown,” Wimmer said. “These street dances provide free entertainment for our citizens and are something everyone can enjoy. Citizens can come out and bring their lawn chairs and listen to the music, or they can get out and do a little dancing. This will be a nice community event, and it’s nice to do this for our citizens.”

The street will be closed, so it will be a relaxed, safe environment for the vendors and all the attendees.

Wimmer said the goal for next year is to offer one street dance in June, July and August.

Farmers markets in downtown Isanti

The Isanti Family Farmers Market is another marketing tool the city is offering to help promote downtown Isanti.

The farmers market is held from 2:30-6:30 p.m. every Friday in Eagle Park, located one-half block off of Main Street at 17 Main St. W.

“The response from the farmers market has been good, and we are adding new vendors weekly,” Isanti Economic Development Director Sean Sullivan said. “We’ve also seen an increase in traffic as well as more people are stopping by each week.”

Attendees can expect the familiar market features such as local, naturally grown, fresh produce. They will also find a variety of fresh food vendors and artisans, and local musicians will share their musical talents from time to time throughout the season.

“We realize it will take a couple of years to build up the farmers market,” Wimmer said. “But we have received a lot of positive feedback from our downtown businesses, as well as those attending the farmers market.”

Sullivan noted the Isanti Area Chamber of Commerce has been helpful in providing information on the process of bringing back the street dances and the farmers market, since it used to host and sponsor the events some years ago.

For more information on the Isanti Family Farmers Market, or if you are interested in being a vendor or business sponsor, call Sean Sullivan or Holly Buboltz at 763-444-5512 or visit www.isantifamilyfarmersmarket.org.

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