Hot time: Pioneer Day sizzles in the sun
NEWPORT — It was so hot Sunday at Pioneer Memorial Park in Newport that some savvy operator probably could have sold shade for 10 dollars a foot.
But the city's annual Pioneer Day proved a roaring success, with its grassy oasis of striped tents, food booths, inflatables and bushels of sweet corn.
More than a century old, the party celebrates Newport's founding by 19th-century settlers. The event featured a raffle, games, car show and live music by rockabilly band The Bad Companions. Crowds lined the streets for the parade, which featured fire trucks, floats and the Klondike Kates from past St. Paul Winter Carnivals.
This year's Klondike Kate, Natalia Hemingway, took the stage with the band and barnstormed through a rocking version of "I Saw Her Standing There" by the Beatles.