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New Richmond Fun Fest 2014 will be packed with sports

There are plenty of opportunities for sports fans to be part of the New Richmond Fun Fest activities this week.

With options like softball, tennis, baseball and distance running, there are numerous opportunities for athletes and sports fans to find entertainment. Here is a rundown on each of the sports events.


The annual Fun Fest Softball Tournament should bring plenty of activity to Hatfield Park, with a total of 91 games scheduled for the weekend.

The tournament will be played in three divisions, with a total of 47 teams included. Eight teams will play in the Class C/D tournament. The Class E tournament will include 22 teams. The recreational level tournament has drawn 17 teams.

Games are slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The final games of the tournament are tentatively scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on Sunday.


The annual New Richmond Tennis Open continues to grow, adding more youth divisions to its tournament field for 2014.

The tournament is slated to begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and will continue with matches through to the championships on Sunday afternoon.

There are opportunities for all ages to play in the tournament. Youth division for boys and girls are ages 10-13 and 14-17 in singles and doubles competition. There are also parent-child doubles brackets.

For adults, there are open singles and doubles tournament for men and women and there is an open mixed doubles bracket planned.

For those over 40, there are separate men’s and women’s singles and doubles brackets, plus a mixed doubles bracket. There is also an over-60 men’s singles bracket planned. The tournament will be played at the New Richmond High School and New Richmond Middle School tennis courts.

New Richmond Millers

The Millers will play their annual Fun Fest baseball game against the Osceola Braves at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Citizens Field. The Millers and Braves are longtime rivals in the St. Croix Valley League.

Willow River Run

This year’s running of the Willow River Run with be the 35th year for the local distance running event.

The 5K and 10K portions of the race will start at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at Mary Park. The kids race will start at 8:30 a.m.

Participants can pre-register online at Entrants can get an early start on preparing for the race by picking up their race packets from 3-6 p.m. on Friday at Mary Park. Anyone seeking more information on the race can contact race director Jodi Saliny at 715-246-5444 or


A soccer tournament was part of the Fun Fest events until last year, when it was moved because soccer state tournaments fell on the same weekend as Fun Fest. The New Richmond Area Youth Soccer Association has moved the tournament date back three weeks so more teams can play.

The 14th annual 5v5 New Richmond Soccer Club tournament will be played on Saturday, Aug. 2. The tournament will have levels for U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15 and U16-18 teams and each team is guaranteed three games. Anyone seeking more information on the tournament should email

An adult 4v4 tournament is also being scheduled as part of this year’s tournament. The adult tournament will be played on Friday, Aug. 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Email for more information or by checking the association website at

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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