Same time, new place for family fun at Rochesterfest.
With a new home base of Soldiers Field Park, activities kick off around town on Saturday with Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company’s Shakespeare in the Park, RideAbility’s pony rides at the Rochester Pet & Country Store, and a concert in Central Park, compliments of the Rochester Community Band.
“We really have something for every member of the family,” said Carole Brown, Rochesterfest executive director. “I think Soldiers Field Park will be a great new home for us, so much bigger, so nice to have all that grass.”
Rochesterfest activities continue through next weekend, offering longtime family favorites including kidDisco, Country Breakfast on the Farm, the K-9 Carnival, Family Fun Night, and Mayor’s Kids’ Day.
“Family Fun Night (on Wednesday) is always a big draw and this year it’s just wall-to-wall kid stuff. We’ve got Miss Kristen (and Mr. Guitar), the Rochester Fire Department, and a chance for kids to win a bike,” Brown said. “And on Saturday it’s the Mayor’s Kids’ Day. We’ve moved it this year from Foster-Arend (Park) to Soldiers Field Park. We’ll still have the mayor, and Santa will be there with goodie bags, but we’ll also have an obstacle course, games, and tree-climbing.”
In addition to these familiar favorites, Rochesterfest offers families a newly expanded Youth Sports Night. Held Wednesday evening, the event is designed to introduce kids and families to a variety of organized youth sports including tennis, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, golf and more.
“We’ll have 17 or 18 youth sports represented,” Brown said. “The idea is that kids get the chance to try out the sport and families get to learn more about what’s offered locally. We did this last year and it was really successful. This year we’re offering a lot more sports. It should be a lot of fun.”