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Editorial: End of summer: Not the end of things to do

Downtown River Falls. River Falls Chamber photo.

Even if the heat seems relentless, we know summer can’t last forever. The start of the K-12 school year and the start of college classes at UW-River Falls is a reminder of the coming changeover to fall. But as our stories in this week’s Journal show, even with summer ending there’s no shortage of stimulating, entertaining and recreational activities and events taking place in River Falls.

It all happens this weekend, Saturday and Sunday:

-- The annual Kinni River Trout Trot, a fundraiser for Our Neighbors Place homeless shelter, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Park and ending at Glen Park. Runners pay an entrance fee. The options are a one-half marathon, and 10K and 5K walk/runs. A 1K run starts at 10 a.m. at Glen Park. Children run for free. Go to for more.

-- The annual Art on the Kinni, unveiled for the 18th straight year, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, along the river banks of the White Pathway and Heritage and Veterans parks. Scores of local and regional artwork, including jewelry, glass, pottery, photography and more will be exhibited. There will be a children’s art tent, a variety of musical acts, and food booths offering many scrumptious treats.

--The inaugural River Falls Bacon Bash from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, on East Elm Street between Second and Main streets. The first of its kind, this one-day festival for all ages will showcase lots of bacon-inspired dishes, and pig-themed activities, including pig races, cooking contest and live music. More than 30 vendors will promote their bacon/pig products. You can attend this novel event and be home in time to catch the Green Bay Packers season opener on Fox starting at 3:30 p.m.

-- The third annual Car Cruze-In, free, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with more than 100 classic and custom cars parked for display on both sides of Main Street between Locust and Pine streets. This is the fourth and last Cruze-In of the year held in River Falls. Those who show their cars are often on hand to chat with people and answer their questions. Another plus: Cruze-In overlaps with the new Bacon Bash downtown.

So the weekend here in River Falls, especially with the continuing summer weather, looks busy and promising. Bottom line: You won’t have to go far to find something you’ll like to do.