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A group of kids and their parents play with a table full of LEGOs during the inaugural LEGO Fun Fest at the New Richmond Community Commons on Saturday, May 10. (Photos by Jordan Willi)

Inaugural LEGO Fun Fest a big success

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Inaugural LEGO Fun Fest a big success
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On Saturday, May 10, more than 575 LEGO lovers from around the area congregated at the New Richmond Community Commons to take part in the inaugural First National Community Bank LEGO Fun Fest, which was hosted by the St. Croix Valley LEGO League and New Richmond Community Education.

“Everyone was super excited about the event,” said St. Croix Valley LEGO League Director Beckah Whitlock. “Before the event happened, we had already sold 427 tickets. That is way more than we anticipated. And besides the people who pre-bought tickets, we had a ton of people just come in the door on the day of the event.”

Children of all ages and their families had the chance to take part in several interactive LEGO-related activities, including the race ramps, the Tower Tumble, the LEGO Relay Build Race, the Reading Rest Stop, the Creation Station and the Mini-Figure Art Wall. The Fun Fest also featured robotic demonstrations by the Ponytail Posse, the Minnesota 2nd Champions and FLL Team. First National Community Bank also handed out owl-shaped coin banks for the children and challenged them to build owls out of LEGOs.

“I was very pleased with how everything went, especially for our first event,” Whitlock said. “We only had positive reactions from the people who were at the event. However, if there was one thing we would change for next year it would be shortening up how long the event goes and maybe be done by 4 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.”

In addition to sponsoring the event, First National Community Bank also financed the purchasing of all the LEGOs that the St. Croix LEGO League used for the Fun Fest activities. Local businesses also helped out with the event by contributing over $800 of door prizes for the event, which is more than Whitlock expected to be donated.

“We would really like to thank everyone who helped us out with this event and for contributing to the door prizes,” Whitlock said. “I think people enjoyed it because it was a cheap event that had a lot of fun things going on. I think people were surprised by the variety of activities we had to offer.”

All ticket sales and proceeds will go to the St. Croix Valley LEGO League Jr. FLL and FLL programs for kids of all abilities. A portion of all apparel sales, concession sales and photography sales will also be donated to STCVLL.

Along with First National Community Bank and Community Education, these groups also had a hand in making the event a success, according to Whitlock: Friday Memorial Library (New Richmond), Somerset Public Library (Somerset), Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (New Richmond), Minuteman Press (Hudson), Moore Imprints (New Richmond) and others.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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