2019 turned out to be another successful year for the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation. We carried on many traditions while also exploring new opportunities. Continue reading below to see what happened in 2019 for SPFHF!
Our Winter Carnival could have arguably been one of the “Coolest Celebrations” yet, as Minnesota experienced a polar vortex during carnival. This didn’t stop the celebrations, however, as a new warming house became the source for warm drinks and entertainment.
It was so cold in Minnesota at Winter Carnival time, that the carnival received a shout out during a short segment on Live with Kelly and Ryan. The beautifully crafted ice sculptures were the backdrop for the many viewers watching. Click the picture below to watch the segment.
Our new setup at Kellogg Mall Park provided more space for our activities and the Bailey’s warming house. Carnival goers could partake in all the festivities while enjoying a view of a snow covered Mississippi River.
The Treasure Island Resort & Casino Entertainment Stage was the spot to hear seven nights of live music. Carnival goers kept warm by putting on their dancing shoes and rocking out to some great music!
The Vulcan Snow Park was the spot for interactive winter fun, complete with thrilling polar plunges, snow sculptures, snow slides, and a Fire Castle featuring mini golf, proving that the Winter Carnival is the place to experience all the fun a Minnesota winter can offer.
On a warmer note, the execution of Cinco de Mayo West Side was a little different this year, a result of numerous feedback from community members and stakeholders. It was our goal for the new changes and improvements to create an enjoyable experience for all. The event saw 50,000+ attendees and had a social media reach of 900,000+.
One of the most popular events, the parade, continues to be a highlight of the Cinco de Mayo celebration. Thousands of attendees came out to watch the parade, made up of 80 local cultural and community organizations based on the West Side and surrounding Saint Paul communities.
2019 also proved successful in our fundraising efforts. Our annual Sip & Savor fundraiser was a great opportunity for attendees to indulge in the best food and beverages the Twin Cities has to offer, all while supporting a great cause! We hosted our Golf Classic in June, where we saw over 100 attendees, 25 sponsors, and even some celebrity appearances. We also introduced our casino night, Royally Flushed, due to popular demand. For all our fundraising events, we relied on generous donations and sponsorship from companies and community members to attend.
We could not have pulled off our events and fundraisers without a Board of Directors. Thank you to our 2019/2020 Board of Directors for contributing their time and expertise to SPFHF! We are so appreciative of their work.
Save the date for our future events! We are excited to see what the year 2020 holds for SPFHF!
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