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Fun Fest will be filled with sports activities

One of the staples of the New Richmond Fun Fest festivities is all the sports events that occur during weekend.

This year's Fun Fest will be no different. Beginning on Friday, there are sports activities that will run the entire weekend. Here is a rundown on this year's sports offerings.


The annual New Richmond Fun Fest softball tournament will have 41 teams competing in three divisions. The divisions are Class C/D Division (Upper), Class E Division (Middle) and a Recreation Division (Lower).

Games start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and go until about 11:30 p.m. Saturday games start at 8 a.m. and go until about 11 p.m. Sunday games start at 8 a.m. and championship games are scheduled for 4:45 p.m.

Willow River Run

The 34th annual Willow River Run will start and end in its usual place, but a new course awaits runners for this year's event.

The Willow River Run begins at 7:35 a.m. at Mary Park. Registration will be held there from 6-7:20 a.m. A kids run will start at 8:30 a.m.

There are 10K and 5K versions of the race. Medals will be presented to the top finishers in each age group.

For more information on the race, see the New Richmond Running Club website at

New Richmond Tennis Open

The annual New Richmond Tennis Open will be played at the New Richmond High School tennis courts throughout the weekend. There will be an assortment of divisions for singles and doubles entries in the tournament.

New Richmond Millers

Baseball fans will get two chances to see the New Richmond Millers adult baseball team play at Citizens Field.

On Friday, the Millers battle their arch rival, the Osceola Braves, at 7:30 p.m. in a crucial St. Croix Valley League game. The Millers will be back in action again the following evening. The Millers will host Brill in a non-league game at 7:30 p.m.

Fun Fest soccer

The annual New Richmond Fun Fest soccer tournament had to be moved to the weekend of July 27. The move was caused by the announcement that the soccer regional playoffs are being held this weekend. New Richmond has nine youth soccer teams that are playing in the regional tournaments this weekend hoping to advance to the state tournament.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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