Taste of Elk River kicks off Thursday at Lions Park

by Jim Boyle
The Elk River Rotary, which has been responsible for restoring the Handke Stadium, adding a freezer at CAER and building a trail head in downtown Elk River, is ready to burst into other community service projects.

The club will host its sixth annual Taste of Elk River from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Lions Park in Elk River. The event and fund-raiser should help the club pay off the city of Elk River for the trail head project and position the club to do more good in the community.

The club has already started a STRIVE program at Elk River High School, in which Rotarians come alongside seniors to help them successfully complete high school, but it wants to do more.

“The community has enjoyed this event, and it helps us do good things,” said Pete Reiner, the co-chair of the event. “With our history, the weather has usually cleared it and broke loose with a great night and a great event.”

The public (adults only) is invited to join the celebration for wine and other beverages, food, entertainment, raffles and much more.

Tickets are $25 and available from all Elk River Rotarians, at select businesses and online at www.elkriverrotarymn.org. The cost of the ticket covers all the food, drink and entertainment. The signature sponsor for this year’s event is Fairview Northland Medical Center and Fairview Clinics.

This year there will be karaoke (American Idol-style) and the The Mighty Hindenburgs, a mix of comedy, danger and fire juggling.

“It’s one of the most powerful, high-impact, action-packed, hilarious variety entertainment acts currently available,” the group’s Web site states. The Mighty Hindenburgs will perform from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m. See page 2B for more.

Shane Martin, a one-man acoustical jam artist with roots in Elk River, will be back to perform again from 5 to 7 p.m.

Karaoke will be from 7 to 9 p.m.

The cost of entering the karaoke contest will be $5, which will go toward the STRIVE program. The winner of the karaoke contest will get $250.

The club is hoping 25 to 30 singers sign up, and the top three contestants will be called back to sing toward the end of the night. Judges, with the help of the audience, will pick the winner. Top D Entertainment will lead the contest.

There also will be a silent auction, wall of wine, and Wild Wood Carriage and Sleigh will offer romantic carriage rides around the park.

Another new attraction will be an air ambulance provided by the top sponsor, Fairview.

For more information, go to www.tasteofelkriver.com.

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