Ramsey Park is in constant need of improvement.
Whether it is upgrading existing amenities or enhancing the look of the park with new things, the work of making the part an attractive place for visitors never ends, nor does the need for funding to make all of that happen.
The Friends of the Park, which is an entity dedicated to park improvements, raises funds for projects in various ways, but its biggest fundraiser of the year is the annual Ramsey Park Jamboree.
That event is being held this Wednesday (June 6) at the Redwood Area Community Center in Redwood Falls, and, according to Gail Ripka, a member of the Friends of the Park board, there is a lot going on again this year.
Activities are offered for people of all ages.
New this year is a presentation by Wild Things Zoo Attractions, said Ripka.
There will be one show from 6:30-7:15 p.m. by this group that will exhibit and talk about different exotic animals.
Located in Arlington, Wild Things Zoo Attractions offers presentations with interesting information not only about the animals they display but also about biology, ecosystems and life science. One can find out more about Wild Things Zoo Attractions at www.wildthingsattractions.weebly.com.
The jamboree begins at 4:30 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. at the RACC.
Some of the things happening at the 2018 Ramsey Park Jamboree include:
• A silent auction from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Donations can still be made for the auction. Contact a member of the Friends of the Park for more information.
• The Tersteeg’s grill will be fired up to serve a meal that includes hamburgers, brats or hot dogs along with chips, pickles, cookie and a beverage from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Cost of the meal is $5.
Ripka said the Orrin Estebo Foundation purchases the food for the jamboree, adding that means 100 percent of the funding raised from the meals is used to enhance the park.
• Cotton candy and popcorn will be available from 4:30-8 p.m.
• A Redwood Dance Center presentation is set to start at 5:30 p.m.
• Exhibits from Tatanka Arts and the Gary Revier historic photo collection will be on display throughout the event.
• The Redwood Valley Robotics team will offer a presentation.
• Information about the Celebrate Redwood Falls Summer Splash event will be available.
• There will be plenty for the kids to do in the hockey arena, as inflatables will be set up throughout the event, with a variety of games also available. Wristbands for unlimited use of the inflatables are $10 per child. Each game costs 25 cents, and there are lots of prizes.
• Pony rides by Schoenbauer’s Country Corral and Jessica’s Petting Zoo will be available outside.
• Families will be able to have their child’s eyes checked through a program being offered by the Lions Club.
“We have over 100 volunteers and over 100 sponsors who help with the jamboree,” said Ripka, adding those coordinating the annual event are extremely appreciative of all who help to make the jamboree happen. “This event would not be possible without them.”
Ripka added anyone who might be looking for something to do can show up as a volunteer that day, and a job will be found for them.
Most recently, the Friends of the Park was able to help fund matching dollars to upgrade the park’s trails and restrooms, and Ripka said future funds raised will be used for various projects including the upgrade of the playground equipment at the Zeb Gray shelter.
Additional donations will be accepted during the jamboree, with information also available about other fundraising opportunities.
The Friends of the Park operates as a not-for-profit entity under the umbrella of the Redwood Area Communities Foundation.
All are invited and encouraged to attend the 2018 Ramsey Park Jamboree June 6 in Redwood Falls.