Slice of Shoreview 2018

 

Slice of Shoreview 2018 - A Special Section published by Lillie Suburban Newspapers
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Slice of Shoreview Days: ‘Celebrating Community’

There are Slice of Shoreview Days volunteers who have pitched in for upwards of 15 years, organizers say. 

To honor that neighborly Shoreview spirit, this year’s festival theme is “Celebrating Community.”

Due to such volunteers’ year-round dedication, the weekend festival returns again. And it’s coming up fast, packing the fun of a parade and a three-day itinerary of events.  

For three days of the summer -- July 27, 28 and 29 -- folks of all ages will have the opportunity to get out and celebrate what they love about their city. 

There are many reasons to celebrate life in Shoreview; chief among them, organizers say, is the community. Slice weekend could not be free -- or exist at all -- if it weren’t for volunteers, and Shoreview could not be the proud city that’s been going strong for over 60 years without its community. 

The multi-generational celebration is designed to take the load off -- all free community fun and no muss like parking or walking. Parking will be in a lot across the street from Island Lake Park and a free shuttle will bring people over. There will also be passenger golf carts for seniors, young families, or anyone who wants to make the rounds to see everything the festival has to offer without having to hit the pavement. 

Slice of Shoreview Days will launch Friday July 27, with a ton of activities, booths and foods. Those things -- and much more -- will continue through Sunday, July 29, at Island Lake County Park, located at the intersection of Interstate 694 and Victoria Street.  

 

First slice of Slice

Slice of Shoreview Days officially starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 27, with activities like art in the park, chalk art in the street, rubber ducky races and much more. The first slate of activities on the first day will also include the Robotics Village presented by Titanium Allies FTC Robotics Team, which will be a showcase of Shoreview students’ robotics abilities -- and the fun competition of what they can do with their machines.

An hour in, and the festival schedule tacks on even more activities to the list of fun.

At 5 p.m., a bungee trampoline and a climbing wall will open, as well as the always-popular petting zoo and pony rides. Also starting at 5 p.m. is bingo. 

Starting at 6 p.m. and going until 10 p.m., the Bad Girlfriends Band will once again bring back live music and provide the musical backdrop to the celebration of community and fun activities taking place. Those looking to belt out a few tunes themselves can join in the Root Beer and Hymn Sing presented by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church from 6 to 7 p.m.

The night wraps up with with a display of fireworks over the lake. 

 

Actual slices of food 

The Slice wouldn’t be the Slice without the many foods residents can find and enjoy. 

According to longtime organizer and chair of the Slice of Shoreview Days Committee Jacci Krebsbach, food is a focal point of the festival. She says the food will be set up in a food court area at Island Lake County Park. 

There will be fan favorites like Green Mill’s pizza, 9-2-5 Food’s pork chops and smoked turkey legs and Wonderton’s deep-fried pickles. 

There’ll also be cheeseburgers and salmon burgers from Kowalski’s, egg rolls and sesame chicken from Asian Invasion -- which Krebsbach says people really like. Super Gyros will serve up gyros, of course, as well as chicken shawarma. Snack Shack will have their mini donuts and 4 Reasons Kettle Korn will serve its signature kettle corn and cheese corn. 

 

Day two

Saturday, July 28, will begin bright and active at 8 a.m. with the Slice’s first-ever 5K fun run. Registration runs from 7 to 7:45 a.m. -- more about the run later.

From 8 a.m. onward, all of the festival’s many booths, activities and programs will run until 8 p.m., and some -- like the food court, carnival activities and live music -- will go until 10 p.m.

Also starting at 8 a.m. is a pancake breakfast. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. there will the weekend’s staple activities like pony rides and the petting zoo. Bingo, the bungee trampoline and kids climbing wall kick back up at noon.

A bicycle-pulled photo booth will be available from 2 to 6 p.m. The Shoreview Park Maintenance Department and Lake Johanna Fire Department will break out the slip ‘n slide from 2 to 4 p.m.

From 3 to 6 p.m. there will be a comedy showcase in the south shelter, as well as the musical stylings of The Jim Tones band over on the main stage. From 7 to 10 p.m., the band Power of 10 hits the the main stage to provide the final opening act to the headlining fireworks at 10 p.m.

 

Parade at a glance

Folks should start getting excited about the annual parade. 

It starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Victoria Street and County Road D, traveling north on Victoria. 

People can catch crowd favorites like the Zuhrah Shrine horses, which will be back this year. Also joining those parading horses will be horses from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office. 

Other parade attractions include the St. Paul Clown Club, Brooklyn Park Lions drum and dance team, and, for the first time, the St. Francis High School drumline. 

The parade grand marshall is Mike Schoonover.

 

New stuff!

Building off the theme of community appreciation, Slice will for the first time have a fun run. The proceeds will go to the Ralph Reeder food shelf, says Krebsbach. 

The 5K run was set up by Shoreview resident and Mounds View High School sophomore Matthew Walker. Walker, who’s been working on the run as an Eagle scout project since November, says the committee has been great to work with. “It’s going to be a fun fun-run,” says Walker. 

Also unique to this year’s festival is a new art booth feature. There will be a glassblower doing a demonstrations and selling blown glass, says Kersbach. 

 

Slice sendoff

Sunday, July 29 -- the final day of the Slice -- will start with the Tour De Trails bike ride. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The ride lasts through 11 a.m. Participants can choose to ride an eight-mile loop or brave the 22-to-25-mile loop. 

Live music will be played by The Holy Rocka Rollaz band and Church of Cash Band, starting at 12:30 p.m.

The food court opens at 10 a.m. Art in the park, rubber ducky races, carnival attractions and other fun start at 11 a.m.

The classic car show, which is a classic at the festival, will start at noon. The Classic Car Show Parade heads southbound from the area of I-694 and Victoria Street to Island Lake Park. After that, the cars will settle near the north shelter of the park from noon to 3 p.m., so people can walk by and observe them. 

The Slice wraps up with the car show awards at 3:30 p.m. 

Then, at 4 p.m., this year’s Slice of Shoreview Days will turn into a wonderful weekend memory, leaving folks even more connected to their community, and looking forward to next year’s summer celebration. 


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