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Woodbury Days 2013 blending technology with tradition

The 2013 event will mark the first time Woodbury Days-goers will be swiping and tapping their way to fun.

The 35th annual Woodbury Days marks the release of the event’s very own mobile app. Smartphone users can download the free app to tag favorite events and pin them to their calendars.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Woodbury Days Council President Theresa Janechek.

The app provides access to all the Awesome August events promoted through Woodbury Days as well as a map of the grounds, a Taste of Woodbury menu, a vendor list and parking options.

Users can also access a list for the event’s Button of Savings.

“I think it’s pretty significant for us to have a mobile app,” Janechek said.

While Janechek is excited to show off new features of the event like the mobile app, she said it’s a more basic element that keeps crowds returning year after year.

“It’s the fact that it still has that community feel even though our community has grown,” she said.

Folks know that they will always be treated to free live music – this year performed by crowd favorite The Dweebs and second-year performer GB Leighton – along with the Saturday night fireworks.

“It’s kind of a tradition,” Janechek said of the Saturday evening experience, where Dweebs music carries the crowd into the night before the sky fills with a fireworks display that wows young and old alike.

Also back this year is the business fair, where 160 representatives from the local and area business community share their offerings with the public. Other returning features are the bingo tent and the Woodbury Days Challenge, which now enters its third year.

“It’s kind of starting to take root,” Janechek said of the challenge, which tests competitors’ minds and bodies.

As for Janecheck, she confesses to a soft spot for the fireworks as well as the transformation Ojibway Park undergoes into an all-out fairgrounds.

“It always amazes me every year,” she said.

Events kick off Friday afternoon, with GB Leighton taking the stage at 7 p.m. Events continue through Saturday, including the 7 p.m. Dweebs show followed by fireworks, and continue through Sunday, when the 1:30 p.m. Grande Parade takes center stage. Woodbury Days concludes at 7 p.m. Monday, with the coronation of Little Miss Woodbury and Miss Woodbury at King of Kings Lutheran Church.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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