Picture Perfect Volksfest

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  The annual Victoria Volksfest arrived on Saturday, August 27th, under blue sky and clear day with perfect temperature.  It was, in fact, picture perfect.

Some of the visitors had familiar names like Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who entertained Editor Sue and Mary Moore, or was it the other way around?

Canopied vendors lined Stieger Lake Lane, Victoria Drive, Tower Boulevard, and the Alley in downtown Victoria.

Visitors strolled from one vendor to the next.  After a season of unseasonable heat and humidity, the picture perfect day was nearly unbelievable and certainly not taken for granted.

Students of Tae Kwon Do displayed some of their moves during Volkfest.

There was opportunity to become acquainted and reacquainted as the event began at 11 a.m. and continued through the evening hours into the night.

The Clocktower Building is a center focus and landmark in downtown Victoria.

Gamin Ride is a mobile video entertainment thing that some of the older kids enjoyed.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse was on task much of the day

Victoria businesses remained open for business .

Handpainted Adirondack chairs get more attractive every year.

Nobody had to guess where the Blue Dogs came from.

Hi, Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik and Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson.

You can see exactly where my ball went.  Yes, I dunked Randy Miller of the VBOA.

Residents of Victoria, the Anderson family, includes Amy, Curt, and daughter Addie.  Amy showcased some of her work, billed as “a mixed media of inspire art and things.”

Kids climbed the climbing wall.

This Adirondack chair was painted by Jenny Neubarth for KleinBank.

Hi, Mike Wartman, Julianne Wartman, Mary Moore, Sharen Geske, Jodene Wartman, Al Orsen.

Kelsey Gomez, seated, daughter of Al and Nancy [Bongard] Gomez of Chanhassen, painted this chair.

Laura Hansel, seated, daughter of Jim and Lois [Bongard] Hansel of Chaska, painted this chair.  The girls are granddaughters of Willard and Jean Bongard of Victoria.

Dave DuToit of Chaska auctioned off the Adirondack chairs to the highest bidder.  It was fundraiser for the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Cousin Bobby and wait staff at the Victoria House were ready for the Volksfest.  (L-r):  Cindy, Kim, Nancy, Kary, Bobby Goral (owner), Mary, Andrea, Kate, Connie, Elin, and Kelsey.

Bed races down Main Street Victoria have become a popular late afternoon attraction.

There was no rain, no hail, no flooding water, no mud slide, no high wind, no hurricane, no earthquake, no power outage.  In so many ways it was a picture perfect day.

Love, Sue