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Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey got into the spirit of Strawberry Fest waving at hundreds of people lined up and down Jamaica Avenue. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss

Cloudy but dry for the Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Grande Parade

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Cloudy but dry for the Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Grande Parade
Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

While the sun didn't make an appearance at the annual Strawberry Fest Parade in Cottage Grove, the rain held off, a welcomed sign to the hundreds of area residents who lined Jamaica Avenue Saturday afternoon.

Local law enforcement units hyped up the crowd with siren chirps and ushered in dozens of elaborately decorated floats. Music echoed through the parade route as children and adults alike darted after bubble gum, suckers and candy bars thrown from the passing floats.

Parade goers soon made their way to Kingston Park for the afternoon's activities, which included the Business Expo, helicopter rides, carnival and strawberry pie eating contest.

For a full list of event activities, visit the official Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest website.

Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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