Linwood, Scandia set to celebrate this weekend

Taco Daze features Star Trek theme

Clint Riese
News Editor

The 2013 version of Taco Daze promises to be out of this world. Scandia’s town celebration Friday and Saturday is themed ‘Taco Trekkie – Beam Me Up, Swedie!’

The zany theme is fitting for a Scandinavian city whose annual event bears the name of a Mexican food. Such lightheartedness also shows in the schedule of events. Scandia will pay homage to its Swedish roots with the third-annual Running of the Meatballs, set for 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Elim Lutheran Church’s patio. The event, which sold out last year, involves numbered meatballs rolling down a sloped track. The winning meatball brings a $500 cash prize. Proceeds will help to restore the lower level of the barn at Scandia’s Gammelgarden Museum.

The Dweebs
The Dweebs

Taco Daze 2013, put on by the Scandia-Marine Lions, begins Friday night. The food and beer garden opens at 6 p.m. at Meister’s Bar and Grill, where The Dweebs will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday will open with a flag-raising ceremony at 7 a.m. at the Scandia Community Center. Registration and check-in for the car, truck and tractor show will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Meatball Races
Meatball Races

A farmers market and games will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ninth-annual dodgeball tournament will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each team in the five-division field is guaranteed three officiated games.

The celebration’s signature event, the Boy Scout taco sale, will start at 11 a.m. and go until 5 p.m. or the Scouts run out of tacos. The Lions’ food stand and local craft beer garden will open at the same time.

At Meister’s, the food and beer garden will open at 11 a.m. A kids sawdust scramble is set for 11:30 a.m., followed by a kids talent show at 12:30 p.m. Midway games will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Taco Daze Grand Parade winds through downtown on Oakhill Road starting at 3 p.m. Float contest winners will be announced at 6 p.m. at Meister’s.

Live music and a bean bag tournament will be on tap at Meister’s from 4-7 p.m. An outdoor concert by Shag will start at 7:30 p.m.

Chiko’s Bar and Grill will also have live music from 5-9 p.m.

See for more information, including contacts for the various events.

Family Fun Day includes several new attractions

Linwood Family Fun Day is Saturday and the event features a schedule packed with late-summer fun. The township’s annual celebration will center around Town Hall, 22817 Typo Creek Drive NE.

The day will start with a Cub Scout pancake breakfast and bake sale from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the senior center.

Angie Senger
Angie Senger

The Wilderness 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m. at Linwood Covenant Church, 6565 Viking Blvd. NE. The route follows through county park trails and ends at Town Hall. Registration is $10 and starts at 7:30 a.m. at the church. Email [email protected] for more information.

A business exposition and craft fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Linwood Fire Department, Anoka County Historical Society and Rosenbauer America will host displays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Food vendors will open at 11 a.m.

Tricia and the Toonies
Tricia and the Toonies

Entertainment on the stage will fire up at 10:30 a.m. with a one-hour performance by singer and guitarist Mary Hall. Country singer Angie Senger will follow from 1-4 p.m. Make sure to grab a spot near the stage at 2 p.m. for the unveiling of this year’s Linwood Hall of Fame class. Tricia and the Toonies will hit the stage at 4 p.m. for a musical puppet show with an environmentally friendly message. A pie-eating contest will follow at 5 p.m. and a talent show at 6 p.m.

Near the stage, a cake walk, fish pond and inflatable jump houses will be open from noon to 4 p.m. A petting zoo will feature $3 pony rides from 1-4 p.m.

New this year will be a reptile zoo from Owatonna. Walk through the exhibit in the senior center or check out a show at regular intervals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $1.

Magician and escape artist Karl Achilles will perform at various sites throughout the day.

Broadbent Park will be home to the eighth annual car show, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers are hoping to arrange a tractor show, as well. Festival-goers are encouraged to ride theirs in and put it on display.

Mechanical bull rides will be offered in front of the Fire Department starting in the late afternoon. The bull will also be featured at the 52nd annual Linwood Fire Department Relief Association Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at the station.

A firework display launches at 9 p.m. at Broadbent Park.

For more information about Family Fun Day or to register for a contest, call 651-462-5565.