July Photographic Opportunities!

Lots and lots of events occurring in July. Be sure to check out http://calendar.yahoo.com/hkuchera & http://cameracouncil.blogspot.com/ for more!

And don’t forget to check out your local 4th of July festivities and county fairs!

July 4th & 5th, 2010 ~ Old West Extravaganza ~ 10 am ~Annandale, MN

The “Old West Society of Minnesota” is returning again this year and putting on this 2 day action packed event. They will give you their rendition of western living history, as well as a street theater and a wild west show including “arena arts” which is rope twirling and whip cracking, etc. A buffalo hunters camp along with numerous other displays will be set up. The MN Fast Draw Club will be having a competition. Numerous other attractions.

Adults: $5

July 10th & 11th, 2010 ~ Dragon Festival ~ 11 am ~ Phalen Lake Park, St Paul, MN

Dragon boat racing originated in China. Legend has it that Qu Yuan, a wise and loyal minister to the Zhou Emperor and loved by the common people, fought against corruption that plagued the court. He advised the emperor to avoid conflict with the Qin Kingdom while other court officials pressured the emperor to have Qu removed from service. When the emperor took the ill advice of the other ministers, he became so despondent he threw himself into the Milou River. Fishermen rushed out in long boats, beating drums to scare the fish away, and throwing dumplings into the water to feed the fish so they would not eat Qu ‘s body. Dragon boat races began as a way to commemorate Qu Yuan’s death, and is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. There also will be many activities such as cultural performances, martial arts demonstrations, foods and children activities that promote cross-cultural understanding. Representatives from local Asian community organizations will be demonstrating origami, kimono dressing, henna art, calligraphy and more.


July 17th & 18th, 2010 ~ AirExpo ~ 9 am ~ Flying Cloud Airport, Eden Prairie, MN

Appearing Aircraft: B-17G Yankee Lady (rides available), B-25 Miss Mitchell (cockpit tours available), Mustang P-51, TBM 3-E Avenger, Sea Fury, UH-60 Black Hawk, T-28 Trojan, OV-1 Mohwak, T-6 Texan, L-39 Albatross, L-29 Delphin, Stearman, T-34, Harvard, Navy SNJ, O-1E Birddog, Xtra 300L, Champ, Clay Adam’s 1929 Travel Air 400 (rides available), BT-15 Project

Adults: $10

July 24th, 2010 ~ Red Bull Flugtag ~ 11 am ~ Harriet Island, St Paul, MN

Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot homemade flying machines off a 30-foot high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder…or often, plunging into the waters below.  Flugtag, which means “flying day” in German, pushes the envelope of human-powered flight, but competitors need more than airtime to reach the podium. Teams are judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft, and showmanship.  This criteria has inspired flying tacos, prehistoric pterodactyls, Winnebagos with wings and even Snoopy and the gang to grace the Flugtag flight decks!


July 24th, 2010 ~ Twin Cities Carifest ~ 12 pm ~ W River Parkway between Plymouth & Broadway, Minneapolis, MN

Now in its 17th year, Twin Cities Carifest is a free admission family festival featuring danceable live calypso and reggae bands, traditional food, vibrant costume parade, cultural performances, children’s activities, craft market and more. The event wraps up at 10:00 p.m. with a great view of Aquatennial fireworks! A portion of event proceeds will go to Caribbean Disaster Relief Fund and Pathways to Urban Solutions Caribbean Book Shelf program, providing free books to Caribbean youth.


July 28th – August 3rd, 2010 ~ Tall Ships® Duluth ~ 11 am ~ Bayfront Festival Park & Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN

A once-in-a-lifetime experience on the shores of the world’s greatest lake. It’s a rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore. Eight magnificent vessels that harken back to the early days of maritime. Featuring a fleet of international and domestic vessels racing to six cities in the U.S. and Canada, this is Lake Superior’s only port of call for the Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge® 2010.

FREE – tickets required for on board ship tours — get there EARLY for good spots on the canal for the grand parade of the ships on July 29th!

RelatedThe Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors will be having a beacon lighting on July 31st – 9 pm (get there early for a good spot!)

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