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Pan-O-Prog returns in action with a full list of events July 4-11
After the 2020 Pan-O-Prog was diverted from July to a possible September festival in Lakeville, the volunteer committee decided that even a scaled-down version of the fall was not achievable because the COVID-19 pandemic continued to cancel community gatherings until the end of the year.
But 2021 is another year.
Much of Minnesota’s population has received vaccines to counteract the virus, and community events large and small are back on the calendar.
The Pan-O-Prog committee decided in May to put the plans it had implemented for the July 4-11 summer festival in the “it’s happening” column.
The Grand Parade, fireworks, rides, tournaments, music, games and more are set to return.
For those looking to participate in the action, certain registration deadlines are still available to register. People can participate in events such as cribbage, bowling, horseshoe, softball, archery, pickleball and beach volleyball tournaments. More information on registration is at panoprog.org.
For the younger ones there will be events such as Kiddie Parade, Baby Crawl-A-Thon, Big Wheel Races, Pet Show, Pedal Tractor Pull and Ping-Pong Ball Drop.
People of all ages can participate in two different races. The Fun Run will take place just before the Cruise Night in downtown Lakeville on Friday July 9. The next day, the Pan-O-Prog Fun Run will take place at Casperson Park.
Evenings will be plentiful during the festival.
It all starts with the fireworks display. During the July 4th fireworks, there will be no parking available at King Park. People are encouraged to enjoy the fireworks of a party at their homes or parked nearby in their vehicles.
There will be the park party on Tuesday July 6 at Antlers Park. The event will feature food trucks, outdoor games and prizes. The music for the Lakeville Community Band will be at 7:00 p.m. and the movie “Raya and the Last Dragon” will begin at 9:00 p.m. The event is also a fundraiser, as people are invited to bring a new durable backpack or money to donate for new backpacks for middle school and high school students in Lakeville.
The VINGO and Beach Bash will take place on Wednesday July 7 at Antlers Park. This event is aimed at teenagers. VINGO is a game like BINGO, but to fill the map, music videos are played and the names of the artists help people “x” on a square. After the VINGO games, there will be a teen dance.
Beer, Brats & Bingo will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 8 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center grounds.
For the bingo night, the Lions will be handing out over $ 20,000 in prizes over 40 games as the tent has been oversized to 9,000 square feet to accommodate 2,000 people.
A few thousand customers are also expected to eat, as the menu will be filled with kids, burgers, pork sandwiches, and hot dogs.
(More information about the event is in a story in the June 25 edition of Sun Thisweek Lakeville and online at SunThisweek.com.)
The Lions Beer Tent will also feature music on Friday and Saturday nights, including a performance by JT and the Gunslingers, a popular country rock band from southwest Minnesota.
JT Thompson is a native of Rochester and a former Army Ranger who has turned to music in recent years to spread the fun. The group performs a combination of covers and original music. Two days before the band plays in Lakeville, they’ll be in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, for Country Boom opening act for best country rock band Diamond Rio.
Babe’s Music Bar & Grill will host its dance party on Thursday July 8, with acoustic music on the terrace and rock band Junk FM inside the bar. For those who don’t know Junk FM, the band’s slogan is: “Ruining your favorite songs since 2010”. “Ruining” is perhaps too strong a term, as the band is filled with accomplished musicians, who have just left their own imprint on the hits of AC / DC’s Top 40, The Backstreet Boys and Bruno Mars.
The next two musical evenings at Babe’s will feature Top 40 pop and rock group Good for Gary on Friday and energetic and eclectic Pop Rocks on Saturday. Good for Gary plays songs from artists such as Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift and Macklemore, while Pop Rocks has a stadium rock vibe with covers of Bon Jovi, No Doubt and U2.
The cars will be the center of attention during the cruise night on Friday July 9 and the following day at the auto show in downtown Lakeville.
Since you can’t have cool cars without a musical backdrop, there will be two bands on the Citizens Bank MN stage in Market Plaza on the night of the cruise. Double Take will play from 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Rhino will take over from 7:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Rock and country rock are the specialties of Double Take with music by Aerosmith, Blondie, Johnny Cash, Bon Jovi , Robert Palmer and ZZ Top. Rhino is billed as a Top 40 rock band, playing hits from artists such as Prince, the Stray Cats, Big and Rich, Hall and Oates and U2.
If the music doesn’t match the mood, the high-flying, body-slapping action will be in the square circle on Cruise Night when Steel Domain Wrestling rings the bell on its matches near the Fairground Carnival. The event is free and is presented as family.
On Saturday, the Citizens Bank MN stage in Market Plaza will have the Southside Kool Jazz Combo playing from 11 am to 1 pm plus music in the afternoon and Mr. Peabody from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm The latter will cover Don Henley. , Chicago and Kansas.
A free shuttle will be available from the Lakeville North High School parking lot to McGuire Middle School from 4:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, July 9 and from 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 10.
Lakeville is one of the few communities in the region to have a big carnival this summer. It could be four busy days north of the grounds of the Lakeville Area Arts Center, as the carnival takes place Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 12 pm-11pm; Saturday 10 am-11pm; Sunday, 11 am-6pm
Discounted Carnival Passports will be available for purchase until 4 p.m. July 8. There is a limited number of passports in each store; no rain checks. Passports are $ 49 (cash only) in advance and are available at all three Lakeville Cub locations, City Hall Parks and Recreation (credit card option) and Ace Hardware counter in downtown Lakeville. Passports are for unlimited travel for the four days. The cost is $ 55 at the door. All mechanical rides are included with the passport. Individual journey tickets will be available on site.
Firefighters and police vehicles are on display on Saturday July 10 at the fun fair.
Junior royalty was on June 21 and the Miss Lakeville scholarship program will take place on Wednesday July 7. The cost to attend the program at Lakeville South High School is $ 10, and you need a button to attend.
Official Pan-O-Prog buttons, which are required to participate in certain events, can be purchased at various locations in Lakeville. They include Ace Hardware, Babe’s Music Bar, City Hall, Cub Foods, Kwik Trip stores, Highview Hills, Lakeville Bowl, Lakeville Liquor locations, Lakeville Heritage Center, MainStreet Coffee & Wine Bar and several POP events including the information booth at downtown.
One of the events that people will definitely want a button for is the Locket Hunt. The prize is $ 250 in cash for finding the hidden button on public property in Lakeville, but not in any of the following parks – Aronson, Antlers, Casperson, James Jensen, Steve Michaud, or Downtown Plaza.
It is not necessary to damage or destroy any property to find the locket. Instructions on what to do when the treasure is found are printed on the back of the locket.
If the medallion is not found, the hunt will end on July 12 at 8:00 a.m.
The annual Pan-O-Prog Run will have races for all ages on July 10 at Casperson Park.
Races include a 1 mile (start at 8:45 am) and 4 mile (start at 7:45 am) run or a free ½ mile Fun Run for children under 9 (start around 8:30 am). ). Participants are requested to arrive at least 20 before the race start time.
Early registration is due June 28, cost per runner is $ 20. Registration after June 28 is $ 25.
“The Pan-O-Prog Run is such a fun event. It really is a great race for everyone; there are young families, groups of friends and even competitive runners running every year. says Kacie Robinson, Lakeville Parks and Recreation Coordinator. “My favorite part of the day is when the kids are running in the Fun Run and their parents, who just ran, are there to cheer them on. “
Race results will be available online after the races, prizes and race medals will be awarded after the 1 mile race is completed. Runners will receive a 2021 Pan-O-Prog Run t-shirt.