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Bite of Park Rapids holds fun, food, music for all ages

The first annual Bite of Park Rapids event, was a success. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

The 2nd Annual Bite of Park Rapids promises food, music and fun from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 27 on 2nd Street in Downtown Park Rapids.

Twelve Park Rapids area vendors will offer a variety of fun food from barbecued pork and treats on a stick to healthy smoothies.

Food races will be held from 12:45 to 1:25 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 are invited to participate in watermelon slice eating and watermelon seed spitting contests and adults will compete in watermelon seed spitting and mini hotdog/corn dog eating races. Prizes will be awarded to winners. All participants must sign up at the side stage before the events begin.

An inflatables park and face painting also will entertain young children from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After the food races, musicians who will entertain on the side stage are Chasing Clarence from 1:25-2:15 p.m. and Paul Reese from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m.

Homegrown Tomatoes will open live music on the main stage at 11 a.m. This musical trio of Willis Mattison, Frank Gack and Larry Kimball team up to play country, folk, Cajun, rock, Celtic, bluegrass and pop well seasoned with humor.

Performing from 2:15 to 3:45 will be dancing Light (small d - big L). This duo performs between 60 and 75 shows a year, with a musical blend that has been called cosmic acoustic. Greg Webb's unique approach to acoustic guitar supports a mesmerizing vocal blend, occasionally peppered with Kiki Carter Webb's percussion. Their lyrics offer a vision of unity, environmental compassion and spiritual connection. Above all, dancing Light's songs are a call for love.

Thea Ennen will be on stage from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. She has been described as a "new folk, country-rock chanteuse" and has garnered considerable acclaim for her exquisite and heartfelt songs. She explores the edge of human emotions and yet offers hope for the future in her songs.

From 6 to 8 p.m., the band, i like you, will deliver an energetic sound from the main stage. Hailing from the wilds of Minneapolis, i like you has emerged as the darlings of the most vibrant independent music scene in the country. Wendy O' Sunshyne leads this group of talented musicians with her hauntingly beautiful voice, soulful songwriting and ecstatic devotion to her primary instrument, the ukulele. She is backed by a band of talented multi-instrumentalists featuring an eclectic blend of percussion, guitar, violin and acoustic bass. Their music evokes elements of folk, funk and gypsy jazz.

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association is sponsoring the Bite of Park Rapids and will host the beer garden from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, the second day of Crazy Days.