Inver Grove Heights Days, city's annual festival, on tap for this weekend

Inver Grove Heights Days, the city’s annual festival, runs Friday through Sunday.

Friday’s events include a community fun night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Oakwood Park and a street dance with country musician Tim Sigler from 8 to midnight outside Drkula’s 32 Bowl.

The 2017 Inver Grove Heights Days' button was designed by A.J. Jacobsen. (Courtesy of Inver Grove Heights Days Committee)
The 2017 Inver Grove Heights Days’ button was designed by A.J. Jacobsen. (Courtesy of Inver Grove Heights Days Committee)

Saturday’s parade begins at 11 a.m. and runs along Cahill Avenue between 65th and 80th streets.

Viktor the Viking, local soccer teams and other volunteers, including Mayor George Tourville and Dakota County Commissioner Joe Atkins, will be pushing grocery carts in the parade again this year, collecting food and household items for Neighbors Inc., the local food shelf.

The parade’s food drive has collected more than 30,000 pounds of donations since 1997.

Other events Saturday include professional wrestling at 2 p.m. at Drkula’s, a five-mile ride on the Mississippi River Regional Trail at 4 p.m., the 12th annual Royal Coronation at 5 p.m. at Simley Performing Arts Center, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. above Simley Island.

Sunday’s events, which run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Cahill Avenue between 65th and 70th streets, include a pet contest, a classic car show, a food court. and a public safety display with fire trucks, police squad cars and other city vehicles.

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