Prominent Saint Paul events join forces to kick off summer together

Goff Public 3/23/18

Grand Old Day and Flint Hills Family Festival to partner for fun-filled weekend, June 1-3

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (March 23, 2018) — The Grand Avenue Business Association and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts this morning announced a new partnership between the organizations’ longstanding summer events: Grand Old Day and the Flint Hills Family Festival. This year, the festivals will join forces for a fun-filled weekend in Saint Paul, running from Friday evening, June 1, to Sunday evening, June 3. This new partnership will involve joint marketing initiatives and each organization having a visible presence at each other’s events.

The two festivals offer a combined 63 years of experience and attract nearly 300,000 people to Saint Paul each year. The announcement of this partnership was made this morning at the Ordway’s 2018 Community Partners Breakfast, an annual event to celebrate and kickoff the Flint Hills Family Festival.

“These fantastic events are annual traditions for hundreds of thousands of people,” said Jamie Grant, president and CEO of Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. “With the Flint Hills Family Festival moving to Friday and Saturday this year, it’s a perfect time for us to partner with our friends on Grand Avenue. We can’t wait to create new ways for people of all ages to celebrate the start of summer in Saint Paul.”

“Our events combine to offer something spectacular for everyone,” said Connie DeLage, executive director of the Grand Avenue Business Association. “By joining forces, we’ll make each festival shine even brighter.”

The weekend will kick off at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 1 through Saturday, June 2 with the 18th annual Flint Hills Family Festival in downtown Saint Paul. The two-day festival – sponsored by Flint Hills Resources – features free outdoor performances, crafts and activities, and affordable indoor performances for children and families. Then on Sunday, June 3, the 45th annual Grand Old Day will bring food vendors, artists, merchants, and a variety of activities out to Grand Avenue for the largest one-day street festival in the Midwest.

“The Flint Hills Family Festival’s new format and coordination with Grand Old Day provide an outstanding opportunity for families to enjoy many of the great things Saint Paul has to offer during one extraordinary weekend in June,” said Heather Rein, director of community affairs at the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount.

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