Redwood Falls Gazette
  • Ramsey Park Jamboree is June 5 at RACC

  • The annual celebration known as the Ramsey Park Jamboree is being held this coming Wednesday at the Redwood Area Community Center in Redwood Falls.
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  • The annual celebration known as the Ramsey Park Jamboree is being held this coming Wednesday at the Redwood Area Community Center in Redwood Falls.
    “This year’s jamboree is going to be much bigger than we have had before,” said Gary Bestmann, a member of the Friends of the Park board.
    The celebration marks the 101st anniversary of the formation of the city park.
    The jamboree celebrates the past, present and future of one of the community’s greatest assets, with activities scheduled for attendees of all ages.
    From 3-10 p.m. at the community center one can do everything from play in Bounce Around Inflatables to listen to music from The Puddle Jumpers and HickTown Mafia.
    In addition there is going to be lots of food available during the celebration, with displays on everything from environmental to historical topics for visitors.
    Among the displays, said Bestmann, is a collection of Ramsey Park history photos being exhibited by local historian Gary Revier.
    The Minnesota Valley History Center is also going to have a display at the jamboree that provides information on the natural and cultural heritage of the Minne-sota River Valley in an effort to held people of all generations to understand, preserve and learn the shared history of the valley.
    The Green Corridor Legacy program is providing an exhibit that outlines its mission to create a legacy of habitat connectivity in the Minnesota River Valley in what it calls the green corridor – from Granite Falls to Fort Ridgely State Park.
    An art show by Tatanka Arts is also being held.
    Bestmann and fellow Friends of the Park member Vonnie Rob-erts said the art on display is going to have a park theme.
    A display entitled “Commemorating Con-troversy: The Dakota-US War of 1862” is going to be available for those who come to the jamboree.
    The hockey arena is going to be the place where the inflatables for the kids are going to be set up.
    Food is being serve from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. with Tersteeg’s Grill making burgers, brats and hot dogs.
    A silent auction to raise funds for park projects is being held, with paintings by local artists, as well as tickets to the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, the Guthrie Theater and Old Log Theater, as well as memberships to the RACC and aquatic center.
    The Puddle Jump-ers are playing their bluegrass and folk music from 3-7 p.m., with HickTown Mafia playing from 7-10 p.m.
    Local dance groups, including Ramona Larson’s dancers and the Dakota Dancers are going to perform during the jamboree.
    There is a petting zoo featuring animals from local 4-Hers, as well as Vogel’s exotic animals, pony rides and Rich-Ness Alpac-as to see.
    Page 2 of 2 - Bestmann said the DNR is going to have a display, with Dennis Frederickson, former state senator and current DNR regional director, on hand to talk with those in attendance about legacy parks and trails.
    This event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Park as it works to improve the park amenities, and a special is being offered with attendees able to purchase a picnic table for $750 which in-cludes a donor or memorial plaque.
    One of the projects the Friends of the Park hope to begin soon is the rebuilding of the Zeb Gray shelter area on the west end of the park. The shelter, built in 1979, is in need of extensive repairs.
    Since 1991 the Friends of the Park has generated more than $400,000 for park renovations. The public is encouraged to attend this event Wednesday.
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