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Baseball, Bike Rides, And Bluegrass Are All Part Of Our ’5 Cool Things’ This Weekend [VIDEO]

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It’s June, the temperatures are finally starting to warm-up, and there are a lot of great summertime things to do around the area this weekend.  Here are a list of five things that Jim Maurice and Abby Faulkner found that you might want to check-out.  Make sure you click on the event name for more information!


1).  The Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff

The three-day outdoor music and camping festival features regional bands performing bluegrass, old-time string bands and other acoustic music.  It’s at El Rancho Manana Campground and Riding Stables from tomorrow through Sunday.   Along with the main stage acts there will be workshops, organized jam sessions and craft and food vendors.  For tickets, call 1-800-635-3037.


River Bats

2).  St. Cloud River Bats

The ‘Bats have their home opener on Friday night at Joe Faber Field.  The first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.  Former Twins great Gary Gaetti will be there signing autographs, and he’ll throw out the first pitch.  After the game there will be fireworks.


3).  Mayors Bike Ride

Area mayors, politicians and enthusiastic bikers will gather together for the annual “Mayors’ Bicycle Ride” in St. Cloud Saturday.  The ride starts at 9:00 a.m. at St. Cloud City  Hall, make its way 5 miles over to River’s Edge Park in Waite Park, and return to City Hall.  There is also an extended route for those who want to ride further.


Hot Rod Cookoff

4).  Melrose Car Show and Cookoff

Spend the whole day in Melrose Saturday, and help support brain cancer research.  The annual “Kickoff to Summer Car Show and Cookoff” runs from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.  Events include a classic car show — the gates open at 7:00 a.m. at the Sauk River park.  The Turkey and Rib Cookoff starts at 2:30 p.m. Live music starts at 7:00 p.m.  And there’s fireworks at dusk.   You will also have a chance for you to win an autographed guitar signed by Tim McGraw.


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5).  The musical ‘Nunsense’

The Rooftop Theatre Company will perform the comedy at the Holy Angels Performing Arts Center.  Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are available through the Paramount Theatre.

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