St. Anthony brings Show & Shine, street danceAugust 16, 2018
By BILL POWELL
ST. ANTHONY — The public gets to check out 200 of the region’s coolest hot rods, rat rods, bikes and trucks. The St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department gets to fill a kitty used to acquire gear critical to protecting life and limb in its service territory.
This weekend’s 28th annual St. Anthony Street Fest will be a win-win for everyone.
The festival of live bands and good food, anchored by the popular car show, plays out Saturday in and around the St. Anthony Community Center at State Road 64 and Cross Street. It is the fire department’s lone fundraiser each year.
For the 22nd year, the festival will kick off with the Show & Shine Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and winners are announced at 3 p.m.
By 11 a.m., fried chicken and burgers go on sale and the fourth annual Backyard BBQ competition — there is tasting! — starts.
A beer garden opens at noon and, between that and a night street dance, there will be an afternoon kiddie tractor pull, kids games that include dodgeball and, at 7:30 p.m., the Anything Goes contest.
Fried chicken dinners that go on sale at 4 p.m. will feature the golden bird, potato wedges, baked beans and a little treat called threshing-machine tomatoes, which is a spiced salad of tomatoes, onions and various peppers, all diced together.
Studebaker performs on the main stage at 6 p.m. followed by The High Road from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Boogie Tunes will be pumping the jams before and after those bands’ sets.
“Boogie Tunes has closed for us I think since our first fest back in 1991,” Fire Chief Scott Uebelhor says. Lump in Studebaker and The High Road cranking up classic rock and it’s a musical lineup the fire chief is proud to plug.
“All local talent playing great music,” Uebelhor says.
Uebelhor says the street fest pulls the community together and proceeds from it and its grand raffle allow the fire department to improve.
St. Anthony’s firefighters are in the process of replacing turnout suits and self-contained breathing apparatus units. Each has a 15-year recommended life so Uebelhor says the plan is to replace a few each year.
Turnout gear runs about $2,500. Double that for each SCBA.
And, Uebelhor says, the department is still paying for its 4,500-square-foot, four-bay annex where its big trucks have been parked since 2015.
Before the inaugural street fest in 1991, the fire department was relegated to fundraising through fish fries, dinners and shooting matches. The daylong festival with something for every age group has replaced the dink-and-dunk fundraising efforts.
And, Uebelhor stresses, it is a great opportunity for the public to begin having some end-of-summer fun.
St. Anthony Street Fest
7-9:30 a.m. Breakfast sandwiches on sale
9 a.m. Registration for Show & Shine Car, Truck & Motorcycle show open; concession stand opens
11 a.m. Chili tasting ($3 bracelet); fried chicken, burgers and more available; cornhole tournament sign-ups
Noon Beer garden opens; cornhole tourney begins; car show registration closes, judging begins; variety Backyard BBQ contest tasting ($5 bracelet)
2:30 p.m. Kiddie tractor pull sign-ups start
3 p.m. Kiddie tractor pull begins, car show awards announced
4 p.m. Fried chicken dinners
4-6 p.m. Boogie Tunes
4:30 p.m. Backyard BBQ awards announced on stage
5:30 p.m. Kids games open (inside tennis courts)
6-8 p.m. Studebaker
7:30 p.m. Dodgeball (12-and-under and 13-and-over divisions) and Anything Goes (at softball field)
8-10:30 p.m. The High Road
9 p.m. Grand raffle drawing inside community center (tickets on sale all day)
10:30 p.m. Boogie Tunes cranks it up
12:30 a.m. Last beer sale
1 a.m. Lights out
Note: The Firemen’s Fest takes place in and around the St. Anthony Community Center, 4465 S. Cross St.
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