Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!

With the first day of summer less than a week behind us, this coming Sunday, June 28, St. Germain will celebrate Independence Day 2015. If you are a veteran of this event, heads up, there are a few changes this year.

Returning this year is the 11th Annual Freedom 5K and 1k Kids run. In the past 10 years this event has raised more than $28,000 for the Bike and Hike Trail in St. Germain. The money raised will be used to maintain this beautiful 12-mile route.

If you have just decided to take part in the year’s run, it’s not too late. Last minutes registration is for the 5K run is $25, 1K Run $10 and if there are any shirts remaining they will be distributed.

There are male and female categories with age brackets as follows:  13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over. The Kids 1K Run is for children 12 and younger.

Trophies are awarded to the 5K top male and female finishers and medals will be awarded  to the top three finishers in each category. In the 1K category, trophies will be awarded to the top male and female finishers and ribbons awarded to the rest of the runners.

Registration for the 5K run is from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. and for the 1K run from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.. The 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 1K begins at 9:15 a.m.

For more details about the run, please visit the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce at and click on the link: 11th Annual Freedom 5k Run. Also, visit their Facebook page at

Next on the agenda is the Craft Show, this year benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Northwoods. This will be held at the community park along with popcorn sales  by the Northland Pines Music Booster Club, food by the St. Germain Lions Club, inflatable toys for the kids starting at noon and Music by Brett and Frisk from noon until 3:00 p.m.

Head downtown for the 3:00 p.m. start of the annual parade. This year’s theme is “Hats Off to America”. Make sure to bring something to carry home the generous supply of candy that will rain down from the floats along the parade route.

After the parade, it’s back to the park for the St. Germain Fire Department’s kids obstacle course and water games. Music will be provided by “Wolfman” and the Spirit Helicopter will be on display from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Leading up to the over-the-top, spectacular (dare you to find one better ANY WHERE) fireworks display that will begin at dusk, the St. Germain Lions Club has promised another “UNIQUE” raffle for the sixth year.

It’s a totally fulfilling way to commemorate our nations’ birthday with friends, family and tons of fun!

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