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RF Days festivities draw crowds

Kids scramble to scoop up candy during Friday night’s parade on Second Street.1 / 17
Locals lined Maple Street to buy parking meters Friday. The meters, recently removed from River Falls streets, sold out.2 / 17
Four-year-old Sylvia Rundle, dressed as a "ladybug", according to her mother, Brenda Rundle, for the public library's annual Kiddie Parade Saturday. She was one of many children to dress in costumes and parade around the library sidewalk. Costumes were judged in categories and prizes given out by the River Falls Royal Ambassadors. 3 / 17
The River Falls Public Library hosted a petting zoo and several other kids' activities on its lawn Saturday morning, including a costumed Kiddie Parade. 4 / 17
Knights of Columbus members Doug Weiss and Paul Steiner serve food at the truck pull.5 / 17
Shawn Voldberg poses before he competes in the truck pull.6 / 17
Festival-goers take shelter from the storm under the City Hall. The Saturday afternoon put a bit of a damper on some activities but many continued despite the rain. 7 / 17
Counsins 6-year-old Abbigail Wood (left) and 7-year-old Erica Miner pose for a picture with their choice of silly props Saturday, during the library's children's activities. Miner's dad, (Wood's uncle) Dan Miner, and Wood's twin brother Garrett (6), snuck into the picture as Miner's mom Lisa (not pictured) snapped a shot with her phone.8 / 17
The Kinnickinnic River Land Trust brought its parade float to City Hall for an event called "Enjoy the Kinni" in which the KRLT introduced its new map of all public and private access to the Kinni--available soon at several area businesses, as well as the KRLT office--and offered fly fishing lessons and a fly-making demonstration and more. The event was Saturday afternoon, July 12. Shown, the KRLT hung on its float the wedding dress that a volunteer group found during this year's annual river cleanup. 9 / 17
Kevin Westhuis, utility director for River Falls Municipal Utilities, announced the winner of the pie eating contest, James Witt. The contest was hosted by South Fork Cafe Friday evening. 10 / 17
Hundreds of locals enjoy a Friday evening at the River Falls Days Parade. Boy Scouts Dylan Rach and Grayson Sellman held a sign at the start of the parade.11 / 17
Vibrant Health Clinics hosted a variety of wellness activities during River Falls Days. Pictured here is Madison Tiffany pedaling the "blender bike." Vibrant Health employee Keri Lijewski helps Tiffany blend a free smoothie made by the bike.12 / 17
Ralvin Stockwell competed in the Truck pull Thursday in "Thunder Blue." 13 / 17
Heather Schuck poses next to her Elk Heart boutique at the Funktion Junktion flea market Friday.14 / 17
Tanner Bottolfson, 6, River Falls, throws a bean bag playing a kids’ game at the library Saturday. He attended the kids’ events with his little sister two-year-old Braelyn, mom Bobbi and eight-year-old brother Hayden (not pictured). 15 / 17
A local Girl Scout hands toddler Emma Lynch candy during the River Falls Days parade. Emma’s grandfather, Marty Lynch, is pictured on the left and said Emma loves parades.16 / 17
Children are amused by a “Mad Science” show, watching an “anti-gravity” leaf blower suspend a blow-up globe in the air. The “Mad Science” show was one of several kids’ events Saturday, and continued despite an afternoon rain storm. 17 / 17

River Falls Days kicked off its celebrations Thursday, July 10. 

Clear skies Thursday drew crowds to the annual truck pull at North End Industrial Park.

Dozens of local motorists competed, while spectators enjoyed the show and food sold by local organizations.

The celebration continued through the weekend with a host of events held mostly in the Heritage Park area of West Maple Street, near City Hall. 

For more photos and information, please see the July 17 print edition of River Falls Journal.