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GALLERY: Stormy start doesn't dampen Fun Fest

PowerUp mascot Chomp did not wilt in front of fans along the parade route Sunday at Fun Fest in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 44
The New Richmond Fire Department Fun Fest water fights first place trophy went to the Garfield Fire Department, from Minnesota. Photo courtesy of Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst2 / 44
Deer Park Fire Dept. II won third place in the New Richmond Fire Fun Fest water fights. Photo courtesy of Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst3 / 44
The Zor Roadrunners made Knowles Avenue look like the Indy 500 at the Fun Fest Parade Sunday, July 15 in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 4 / 44
Teams from surrounding departments battled it out last Saturday, July 14, at the New Richmond Fire & Rescue Water Fight. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 44
(From left) Helena and Etta Folstad joined Samuel and Cecelia Manteuffel and one furry puppy along Knowles Avenue in anticipation of the Fun Fest Parade Sunday, July 15, in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 6 / 44
New Richmond Police Officer Katie Chevrier conducted a training demonstration with her K-9 partner Storm as part of Fun Fest activities over the weekend. Fun Fest is facilitated by the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 7 / 44
The New Richmond High School Marching Tigers were the first of four marching bands to entertain the crowd at the Fun Fest Parade Sunday in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 8 / 44
This year's New Richmond Fun Fest featured the first annual pickleball tournament at Mary Park. The tournament was organized by Randy and Kathy Stanke, who recently formed the New Richmond Pickleball Association. Pictured playing in Saturday's tournament are (from left) Jean Kelley, Marty Weisbeck, Dave Thompson and Jan Derrick. For more information on the NRPA, email NRPickleball@yahoo.com. Jordan Willi / RiverTown Multimedia9 / 44
There was no better way to beat the heat Saturday than to play in the puddles at the New Richmond Fire & Rescue Water Fight, part of Fun Fest activities facilitated by the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, July 14. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 10 / 44
Anne Mehls accompanied her husband New Richmond Citizen Of The Year and Fun Fest Grand Marshal, Chuck Mehls, in the parade Sunday in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 11 / 44
The last band of the day, the Osceola High School Marching Chiefs did not disappoint at the Fun Fest Parade Sunday in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 12 / 44
The New Richmond Fun Fest car show drew visitors, both young and old, to see the wide variety of classic cars on Saturday, July 14, at Cyclone Park. Jordan Willi / RiverTown Multimedia13 / 44
Precision formations and professional sound made the Osceola High School Marching Chiefs a Fun Fest Parade favorite Sunday in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 14 / 44
Members of VFW Post 10818 New Richmond / St. Croix County provided one of the color guards for the Fun Fest Parade Sunday, July 15, in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 15 / 44
New Richmond’s favorite K-9 Storm and her partner, Officer Katie Chevrier, thanked adoring fans along the Fun Fest Parade route Sunday, July 15, in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 16 / 44
Maddie Sylvester teamed up with New Richmond Firefighter Danielle Reali for a little water management practice ahead of the New Richmond Fire & Rescue Water Fight, Saturday, July 14. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 17 / 44
The Osceola High School Marching Band produced the top performance at the Fun Fest Parade Sunday in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 18 / 44
Luke Rowden assisted New Richmond Firefighter Marc Chute practice aiming the hose ahead of the New Richmond Fire & Rescue Water Fight, part of Fun Fest activities facilitated by the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, July 14. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 19 / 44
Kathy Johnson and Stan Soderquist loaded up on pie and ice cream at the social sponsored by New Richmond United Methodist Church as part of Fun Fest 2018. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 20 / 44
Hudson Royalty managed to keep their blue cool at the Fun Fest Parade Sunday, in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia21 / 44
Maddie Sylvester was designated the human sprinkler at the New Richmond Fire & Rescue Water Fight, part of Fun Fest activities facilitated by the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, July 14. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 22 / 44
Team 2 from New Richmond took on Deer Park at the Water Fight hosted by New Richmond Fire & Rescue, Saturday, July 14. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 23 / 44
Members of the New Richmond Middle School Marching Band did not let the heat slow down their precision performance at the Fun Fest Parade Sunday, in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 24 / 44
This year's winners of the Star Prairie Lions Club Prairie Star Awards appeared to enjoy all the attention as they made their way down the Fun Fest Parade route Sunday in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 25 / 44
Tiaira Lee (left) and Ashley Adkison, owners of the soon to be opening Sweet Beet Bakery, tempted Fun Fest Parade goers with sweet treats Sunday in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 26 / 44
The replica Concord stagecoach, once the parade trademark of William “Junior” Clapp, was presented by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department in hopes of stirring up clues from Fun Fest Parade goers in the 25-year-old unsolved Clapp murder case. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 27 / 44
Several classic car and truck owners took a few minutes to finish cleaning their vehicles for the New Richmond Fun Fest car show, which took place on Saturday, July 14. Jordan Willi / RiverTown Multimedia28 / 44
Hayden Peterson (left) and Savannah Smith (right) shared the benefits of a very large umbrella along the Fun Fest Parade route Sunday in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 29 / 44
The Slechta family (from left) Kevin, Dawn, Courtney and Rich employed heavy duty sunscreen in the form of umbrellas Sunday, July 15, at the Fun Fest Parade. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 30 / 44
Sunday’s heat had little effect on this member of the New Richmond Tigers Cheer Squad as she cartwheeled her way down the Fun Fest Parade route. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia31 / 44
Roberts/Warren Fire won the second place honors at the New Richmond Fire Fun Fest water fights. Photo courtesy of Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst32 / 44
The Osceola High School Marching Band Flag Team traded in their flags for a little dance number much to the delight of Fun Fest Parade goers Sunday in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 33 / 44
Members of the New Richmond Middle School Marching Band Flag Team dazzled parade goers with their routine at the Fun Fest Parade, Sunday, in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 34 / 44
Members of the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Posse proved to be a crowd favorite Sunday at the Fun Fest Parade in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia35 / 44
The New Richmond High School Marching Tigers defied the heat with a rousing performance at the Fun Fest Parade Sunday in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 36 / 44
The New Richmond Fun Fest tent at Cyclone Park was filled with bean bag teams on Saturday, July 14, for the annual tournament. Jordan Willi / RiverTown Multimedia37 / 44
Members of the New Richmond Middle School Marching Band more than held their own against their senior counterparts at the Fun Fest Parade Sunday in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 38 / 44
Working the hose with firefighter Danielle Reali was a popular ticket at the New Richmond Fire & Rescue Water Fight, part of Fun Fest activities last Saturday. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 39 / 44
New Richmond Mayor Fred Horne found another reason to don his kilt and cap at the Fun Fest Parade Sunday, in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 40 / 44
American Legion Butler-Harmon Post 80 provided one of the color guards for the Fun Fest Parade Sunday, July 15, in New Richmond. Fun Fest is facilitated by the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 41 / 44
Members of the New Richmond Tigers Cheer Squad appeared cool as cucumbers at the Fun Fest Parade Sunday in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 42 / 44
Ellea Jarchow helped her firefighter dad, John, with hose control during the New Richmond Fire & Rescue Water Fight, part of Fun Fest activities facilitated by the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, July 14. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 43 / 44
The owners of Prime Time Nutrition burned off a few calories handing out free samples during the Fun Fest Parade Sunday in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 44 / 44

High winds, ominous clouds and driving rain threatened to derail Fun Fest Thursday evening, but clear skies returned Friday morning bringing with them heat and humidity that would last the weekend. The crowds could have cared less as they filled the midway, danced to the music of assorted bands each night and cruised between events up and down Knowles Avenue ranging from tractor pulls and water fights to car shows and bean bags. The season's longest parade drew a large crowd armed against the sun with assorted umbrellas and hand fans to fight the heat. Four marching bands took turns entertaining the crowd in between multiple color guards, floats filled with princesses, a stagecoach, posse and plenty of fire trucks, tractors and a convertible carrying a mayor sporting a kilt and cap.

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