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Festival will celebrate community music

The Spring Lake Park Music Festival has proved popular in its first two years. This year’s edition, scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17, is growing

A few years ago, arts councils from Rosemount and Hastings approached Dakota County Parks with a plan to host a music festival in Spring Lake Park Reserve. The park straddles the border of the two cities and is stunning.

Dakota County Parks operation coordinator Katie Pata thought the concert seemed like a great idea and in 2012 the three organizations partnered to host the first Spring Lake Park Music Festival. The event was a hit its first year and again in 2013.

Preparing for the third annual concert, Pata said she hopes to see the festival grow and reach more families this year. This year organizers have added an extra hour of music to help facilitate that growth.

The festival will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17.

Overall, Pata said, they’ve put together a good lineup that will appeal to people of all ages.

The Rosemount and River Valley community bands will perform as they have in years past. New this year, the Hastings High School Marching Band and Ponticelli, a strings ensemble, will round out the evening.

“We want to celebrate community-based music,” said Pata of the event.

Going forward, organizers hope to turn the event into a day-long festival. For now, an extra hour will have to do.

The festival is free. Pata recommended folks bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Food trucks will offer food and wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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