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Crazy fun will abound July 25 & 26

Patchouli will be performing at 2nd Street Stage from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25.

Shopkeepers in Downtown Park Rapids are bringing the “crazy” back to Crazy Days Thursday and Friday, July 25 and 26 with special events, street performers, live music in Pioneer Park, costume contests, sidewalk sales, 2nd Street Stage and an Arvig Summer Bash.

The fun will begin with a Downtown Dash and 5K Run at 8 a.m. Thursday. Both races will start and finish at 2nd Street and Main Avenue.

The Dash will be about a one-mile walk/run down Main to 8th Street and back. Participants are encouraged to wear crazy costumes with prizes for best costume (kids and adults). 5K Run participants will compete for Fastest Looneys in men’s, women’s and kids’ divisions.

The race registration form is available online at Entry fee is $10 in advance, $15 on race day. Pre-register to guarantee a T-shirt. Registration and sign in will be open from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. prior to the race.

During the day, street performers on Main Street will include balloon art and magic, caricature drawing, Taylor Schroeder (at Moose Creek Village) and Them Schillings (Angie and Ryan Schilling) with story time by the public library.

Entertaining in Pioneer Park will be: 10 a.m. to noon Eddie Kidd, noon to 1 p.m. Jody Ziemann, 1 to 2 p.m. Jake Helfrich and Craig Braunschweig, and 2 to 3 p.m. Just Us (Rick Amsberry, Dean Westby and Gene Blumberg).

The fun will continue with Patchouli performing at 2nd Street Stage from 6 to 8 p.m. Famous for her smiling voice that instantly turns a bad day into a good one, Julie Patchouli’s down-to-earth, hopeful, vibrant songwriting is new American folk music, inspired by worldwide folk styles. Using elements of folk, flamenco, jazz and world beat rhythms, Patchouli’s sound has been described as “Joni Mitchell meets the Acoustic Santana.” In the spirit of a crazy fun day, there’ll be a costume contest.

Arvig will join 2nd Street Stage festivities, too, hosting their Summer Bash customer appreciation event from 4 to 8 p.m. Bring the family, enjoy supper and watch as your kids and grandkids play on the bouncy games for free.