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A Nice Mix: Art and Beer!

Already tired of the cold? Look back at a great summer event!

There are events all over this valley, some widely known and popular, such as our annual (currently on hold) Lumberjack Days Festival.  Others are brand new, such as Lift Bridge’s Brew-B-Que or the Taste of Stillwater at Aamodt’s and promise to build a solid following.  Some yearly St. Croix Valley events generate a lot of interest, and yet if we don’t live in a particular community, we may be unfamiliar with their existence. 

One such event held the first weekend in June each year is across the river in New Richmond, WI.  The Park Art Fair draws visitors from a large area to shop for unique artwork and crafts from over 175 artists.  There’s something for both genders and all generations to be found in this small town event.  From hand made fishing lures and hunting knives to toys, clothing, jewelry and outdoor art.  One thing a visitor can see is hand made glass beads created right before your eyes.  Food and drink is served up by local non-profits as well, so no one is going hungry!  With this first week of real cold, aren’t we already looking forward to warm summer evenings spent outdoors? 

Adding to the fun the last couple of years is the Willow Rivers Blues and Brews Fest held in conjunction with the Art Fair.  Micro brews from all over the Midwest are represented, with over 50 craft beers to sample, including Lift Bridge, as well as a variety of awesome blues music to entertain the whole family.  Lamont Cranston was the big name this year, which provided a great background music for the video we shot.  The event is held at Mary Park, right on the water, so not only is it a beautiful St. Croix Valley setting, but the kids can stay entertained as well!

If you’re looking for something fun to do, support some local artisans and non profits and taste some great local brews, check out the Park Art Fair and Blues and Brews Festival in New Richmond next year the first week in June!

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