Lunda Community Park will be bustling with activity this weekend with the return of Festival in the Park.
Festival in the Park, which will mark its 13th event on July 2, is bringing back all its regular activities and events, including sports tournaments, music and fireworks.
“We think we’re ready, and the weather is looking pretty good,” said Andy Ellingson, a member of the festival’s planning committee. “It should be another big turnout.”
A three-on-three basketball tournament and grass volleyball tournament will begin at 9 a.m., and the Gr8 Sk8 skateboarding competition will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rotary Skate Park. A youth fishing contest is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon, and a kayak demonstration and public paddle will run from 12:15-2:15 p.m.
“We didn’t really add anything,” Ellingson said. “We’re pretty well geared up.”
The Lions Club will serve food and refreshments beginning at 10:30 a.m. — an earlier start time than previous years.
Ellingson said he hopes that will help serve both the lunch and dinner crowds. Hot beef and pork sandwiches and all the traditional selections will be on the menu, he said.
“They have a pretty good variety of food,” he said.
Cody’s DJ service will offer musical entertainment from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will be followed by the return of the Vic Ferrari Band, which will play from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Ellingson said they wanted to have the Vic Ferrari Band return because of their popularity with a wide variety of age groups.
“We really feel they’re extremely talented, and they cater to a wide audience,” he said.
The day will cap off with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Festival in the Park serves as a fundraiser for Lunda Park maintenance. The city relies on the Lunda Charitble Trust to provide funding for the upkeep, and Festival in the Park has been another source of financial support, although the money gleaned hasn’t been as much as hoped in recent years.
“The general nature of how governments are tightening up budgets means fundraising remains as important as ever,” Ellingson said.
Ellingson said the festival continues its popularity because it serves as a sort of class reunion for area residents.
“I think a lot of it is they see so many of their friends — it’s almost like a class reunion for some. They really come back,” he said.
“We see people that don’t normally come back except for the holidays. It is Fourth of July, but they come back for the weekend and see their friends.”
For more information on Festival in the Park, visit www.blackriverfalls.com/festivalinthepark.