Fireworks are just the start of Pan-O-Prog in Lakeville | Lakeville
The event includes a carnival, parades, sports tournaments, family entertainment
A full slate of Panorama of Progress events are set to liven up downtown Lakeville and other city locations during the 56th Annual Summer Festival July 4-10.
The Grand Parade at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 fireworks, carnival rides, tournaments, music, games and more are on the agenda for young and old.
For those looking to get in on the action, some entry deadlines are still available to register. People can participate in events such as softball, archery, pickleball and sand volleyball tournaments. More information on registration at panoprog.org.
For the youngest there will be events such as the Kiddie Parade, Baby Crawl-A-Thon, Big Wheel Races, Pet Show, Pedal Tractor Pull and Ping-Pong Ball Drop.
People of all ages can participate in two different races. The Cruise Night Mile will take place just before Cruise Night in downtown Lakeville on Friday July 8th. The following day, the Pan-O-Prog race will take place at Casperson Park.
The Pan-O-Prog board and sub-committees have been meeting several times a month since September to plan all the fun.
“This is necessary to ensure proper preparation, focus and planning that achieves the goal of presenting an exciting municipal festival considered one of the best in the state,” said Paul Jacobus, board member by Pan-O-Prog.
He said the Pan-O-Prog team is made up of 30 passionate volunteers who coordinate all aspects of the festival.
Jacobus said the total number of planning hours for all volunteers exceeds 1,500, and the festival’s volunteer work adds to that number.
“We encourage festival-goers to experience our many unique events that showcase our excellent Lakeville park system as well as the organizations involved with the festival,” he said. “In addition to many sporting events related to the park and recreation, there are several activities for young people.”
It all starts with a bang, during Fireworks & Family Fun on July 4 at Century Middle School. Before the fireworks go off at dusk, activities will include live music by IV Play, inflatables and concessions.
The new Family Tailgate event will begin Tuesday, July 5 at the parking lot of the Lakeville Area Arts Center and Alternative Learning Center. Scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., it will include free food, drinks, rock climbing, archery, garden games and a photo booth.
“Recognizing that we have a growing number of young families in the Lakeville community, this was the perfect event to roll out for 2022,” Jacobus said. “Berean Baptist Church is thrilled to host this new Pan-O-Prog event for the whole family.”
Another new series of events, the Asian Nations Festival will kick off from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6 at the new Phoenix Hall Event Center, 20732 Holt Ave.
The event will include lunch ($15), fashion, cooking demonstrations, origami crafts, a market, food trucks and dancing, including belly dancing instruction.
The festival will continue for the next three nights from July 7 to 9 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Saturdays) with a market, food trucks and a dance party.
“The Pan-O-Prog team sees this as the start of what will be more diverse, immersive event experiences offered during Pan-O-Prog in addition to the long-running festival events,” Jacobus said.
Lions Club Beer, Brats & Bingo will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 on the grounds of the Lakeville Area Arts Center.
For bingo night, the Lions will be giving away more than $25,000 in prizes across dozens of games as the tent has been oversized to 9,000 square feet to accommodate 2,000 people. There will be two $1,000 combination games sponsored by Lakeville’s Outdoor GreatRoom Company and the Staupe Family in memory of Dr. Sara Staupe Holzgen.
“Beer, brats and bingo and all of the Pan-O-Prog events hold special memories, and the family wanted to put the funds in to celebrate his memory with everyone in Lakeville,” said Jacobus, also a member of the Leos.
The menu will include brats, burgers, pork sandwiches and hot dogs.
The Lions beer tent will also feature music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, including performances on the respective nights by Tim Howe of Lakeville; honkytonk band Trailer Trash and Dan Ristrom and the Big Throwdown; and Nashville Night featuring Lakeville native Erin Grand and JT and the Gunslingers.
JT and the Gunslingers are a country rock band from southwestern Minnesota who are back by popular demand.
On Saturday afternoon, the Lions Craft Brew Review opens earlier than usual at 11 a.m. as it will feature over 30 brewers, and added this year will be Bloody Marys and mimosas with music starting at 1 p.m. by Trailer Trash.
Babe’s Music Bar & Grill will have its indoor dance on Thursday, July 7 with the Self Titled Band.
The next two musical nights at Babe’s will feature Top 40 pop and rock band Good for Gary on Friday and the Johnny Holm Band on Saturday. Good for Gary plays songs from artists such as Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift and Macklemore, while Johnny Holm cranks out tunes from the 60s to today.
The cars will be the center of attention at the evening cruise on Friday, July 8 and the following day at the auto show in downtown Lakeville.
Since you can’t have cool cars without a musical background, there will be two bands performing on the Citizens Bank MN stage in Market Plaza on Cruise Night. Soviet Machines will play from 4-6:45 p.m. and Rhino will take over from 8-11 p.m. Rhino is billed as one of the top 40 bands in rock, playing hits from artists including Prince, the Stray Cats, Big and Rich, Hall and Oates and U2.
If the music doesn’t match the mood, the high-flying, body-slamming action will be in the square circle on Cruise Night when Steel Domain Wrestling rings the bell at 8 p.m. during its matches near the Fun Fair Carnival. The event is free and is presented as family.
On Saturday, Citizens Bank MN Stage on Market Plaza will host the Southside Kool Jazz Combo from 11 a.m., followed by Willy Wisely, Scarlet Goodbye and Mr. Peabody from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The latter covers the likes of Don Henley , Chicago and Kansas.
Free shuttle service will be available from the Lakeville North High School parking lot to downtown Lakeville from 4:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8 and from 1:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9.
The Pan-O-Prog Carnival takes place on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, noon-11 p.m.; Saturday 10am-11pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm
Discounted Carnival Passports will be available for purchase until 4 p.m. on July 7. There are a limited number of passports in each store; no rain checks. Passports cost $49 (cash only) in advance and are available at all three Lakeville Cub locations, the Parks and Recreation counter at City Hall (credit card option), and Ace Hardware downtown. town of Lakeville. Passports are for unlimited travel during the four days. The cost is $55 at the door. All mechanical rides are included with the passport. Individual walking tickets will be available on site.
The Junior Royalty event took place on June 28 and the Miss Lakeville Scholarship Program will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. .
Official Pan-O-Prog buttons, which are required to participate in certain events, can be purchased at various locations in Lakeville until Friday, July 8. They include Ace Hardware, Babe’s Music Bar, City Hall, Cub Foods – Heritage, Cedar and Kenwood Trail; Kwik Trip stores, Lakeville Liquor stores, Lakeville Heritage Center, Tapestry Coffee, and several POP events, including the downtown information kiosk.
One of the events that people will definitely want a button for is the Medallion Hunt. The prize is $250 cash for finding the medallion which is hidden on public property in Lakeville, but not in any of the following parks – Aronson, Antlers, Casperson, James Jensen, Steve Michaud or Downtown Plaza.
The first clue will be published in the July 1 POP special edition of this newspaper. The next indices will be published each day from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5 on panoprog.org and facebook.com/panoprog.
It is not necessary to damage or destroy property to find the locket. Instructions on what to do when the treasure is found are printed on the back of the locket. If the medallion is not found, the hunt will end at 8 a.m. on July 11.
The annual Pan-O-Prog Race will feature races for all ages on July 9 at Casperson Park.
Races include a 1 mile race (8:45 am departure) and a 4 mile race (7:45 am departure) or a free ½ mile race for children under 9 (starts around 8:30 am).
Early bird registration at tinyurl.com/mtaeca8e is due July 7, cost per runner is $20. Registration after July 7 is $25. Runners will receive a Pan-O-Prog Run 2022 t-shirt.
On the final day of the festival, Sunday July 10, the Lions Fly-in Breakfast is expected to see over 100 planes land and serve over 2,000 visitors at Airlake Airport.
Breakfast is $12 for adults, $7 for ages 5-12, and children 4 and under. There is no charge for each paying adult.
Jacobus said Pan-O-Prog has many volunteer opportunities open for individuals, families and groups.
Support is needed at the Kiddie Parade, Fun Run, Pickleball Tournament, Car Cruise and Grand Parade.
Each opportunity is listed with a brief description on panoprog.org with an online tool to register. All volunteers receive a Pan-O-Prog t-shirt, Pan-O-Prog buttons and are invited to an appreciation picnic on Sunday July 10th.
“The festival doesn’t work without the many aspects of the community coming together as a community,” Jacobus said. “Volunteers, sponsors, associations and our wonderful municipal services work together to ensure the success of Pan-O-Prog.”
He said every volunteer role is essential and valued, and the contributions of local organizations and youth clubs, who plan their own events, help organize a great festival.
“And we always welcome more,” he said. “The continued support of our sponsors and the business community is equally important. Pan-O-Prog was founded by businesses in partnership with community organizations to bring families together as a community. Their continued support, from new sponsors to long-time sponsors, is incredible and helps us achieve our goal of family, food, fireworks and fun.
He said another key partner is the City of Lakeville, which provides critical contributions from police, fire, public works, parks and recreation, and more.
“We work closely with them to ensure a safe, family-friendly and fun environment. Their commitment and support are essential to the success of Pan-O-Prog,” he said.