Midsummer fun to be had amid the rain (slideshow)


Photos by Jon Tatting, Victoria Dahlin and Derrick Knutson

Between the torrents of rain Saturday, youngsters who showed up for the Midsummer Days festivities participated in a range of activities.

During the morning at the athletic fields adjacent to North Branch Area High School, kids from three to 11 years of age threw baseballs and softballs, kicked footballs and ran in an array of races as part of Kiddie Midsummer Olympics. North Branch Legion Post 85 Commander Jim Johnson emceed the event.

After a brief break, the rain returned in the afternoon, but before the wetness drove participants and spectators under the Legion tent for shelter, the children in the Kiddie Parade had a chance to show off their costumes near City Hall.

Later in the day, members of the North Branch Fire Department showed about 20 Midsummer-goers how they extricate victims from a car wreck during a Jaws of Life demonstration near city hall on Elm Street.

The Midway in Central Park provided fun for families with children who enjoy the carnival rides, games and food offered by Family Fun Shows.

Area fire departments once again engaged in a little friendly competition at the North Branch Fire Department’s Water Fight contest. Despite the threat of rain at the beginning, the show went on to the delight of the crowd with umbrellas or not.

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