Lion John Weicht Park Family Zone

Elk RiverFest Map of Events: Saturday July 30

Ent-Inf-facepaintFamily activities will take place at the newly reconstructed Lion John Weicht Park on Saturday, July 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., including food trucks, entertainment, inflatables, community partner booths, and so much more!

Escape Place

In an effort to make Elk RiverFest accessible and fun for everyone, the city has partnered with Sherburne County Public Health and ISD 728 HOPE program to provide Escape Place, this year. Escape Place is an area for attendees with special needs to take a break and relax for a bit. Escape Place will be open all day, and includes resources for families, fidget spinners, coloring books, a lounge area, and a fun craft.

Life Well Occupied - Mini Chats

Interactive community conversations:

At 11:00 a.m. Question: What's on your mind about rest in Elk River?

At 1:00 p.m.. Question: What's on your mind about play at all ages in Elk River? 

This is for anyone who is interested in having conversations about how we impact each other as a community and wants to identify what is possible, what resources already exist, and what we wish to build together. 

Event Lineup

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Petting Zoo, sponsored by First Bank Elk River
Pony Rides ($5)
Inflatable Zone, sponsored by The Sunshine Depot and Teachers on Call


11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Face Painting
Bubble Zone, sponsored by Kages: Custom Reptile Enclosures
Bingo, sponsored by ERFD Auxiliary (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) 


Sponsors - First Bank of Elk River, Teachers on Call, ERFD Aux, Kages, The Depot


Field Fun

Fun, games and friendly competition all day long! Test out your skills of speed, throwing and batting throughout the day! The afternoon will be capped off with some open kickball games. Schedule of Field Fun events includes:

Base RunningLongest ThrowWater Balloon PitchingKickball
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.3:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Lions Mile

"It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle: when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."

Join us for the inaugural Lions Mile held during Elk RiverFest 2022! You can run as a single or as part of a relay team. If you chose to do the relay you will list your group's names in the registration. The times of each runner will be added up for the relay time. Relay teams must be established before the race. 

Single Racers

  • 10:00 a.m. Adult Runners age 25+
  • 10:45 a.m. Runners 25 and under (½ or one mile)
  • 10:45 a.m. One pond loop (recommended for age 10 and under)

Relay Race

Each team must consist of four members for both the youth and/or adult relay races, with each member's total run-time being totaled up after the relay concludes. There are five relay categories to select from:

CATEGORYREQUIREMENTS
Open DivisionAny combination of ages, must include two females and two males
Adult/Youth ComboTwo adults 21+ and two people under age 21
Youth DivisionTwo youth ages 13-16 and two youth under age 12
Family DivisionTwo parents and two youth (can be a mix of families)
Corporate/Public Group DivisionMust be any four members from a company, public group, school, or charitable organization with any combination of ages and includes two males and two females

Registration is required by clicking here, please note there is a suggested donation $10.00 per runner for commemorative shirt.

No fee charged when you register online. Suggested donation at the event of $10.00 per runner for a t-shirt. Any additional donation would be considered a charitable contribution to support endurance sports in the Elk River area, primarily cross country running and Nordic skiing.

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