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Gwendolyn McKay, 2, enjoys a ride at Woodbury Days Saturday. Staff photo by Riham Feshir1 / 16
The ferris wheel is always a favorite at Woodbury Days. Staff photo by Riham Feshir2 / 16
Mathnasium challenges kids to do quick math at the business fair during Woodbury Days weekend. Staff photo by Riham Feshir3 / 16
Woodbury Dance Center dancers performed a number for the audience of the Woodbury Lions Bandshell Saturday. Staff photo by Riham Feshir4 / 16
Woodbury Days goers enjoy food at the Taste of Woodbury tent. Staff photo by Riham Feshir5 / 16
Kian Pavel is excited to eat a hot dog at Woodbury Days, while Kenzie Oster watches. Staff photo by Riham Feshir6 / 16
Eight-month-old Cash Thoemke experienced his first Woodbury Days outing with dad Nick. Staff photo by Riham Feshir7 / 16
One-year-old Tessa Saum of Maplewood looks around the carnival area of Woodbury Days. Staff photo by Riham Feshir8 / 16
The Business Fair was hopping with visitors all weekend at Woodbury Days. Staff photo by Riham Feshir9 / 16
Fans sang along with The Dweebs, who performed for the Woodbury Days crowd on Saturday at Ojibway Park. Staff photo by Mike Longaecker10 / 16
The Dweebs' hard-rock version of the "Hokey Pokey" got audience members of all ages moving on Saturday at Woodbury Days. Staff photo by Mike Longaecker11 / 16
One carnival rider stayed connected on her mobile device while being spun on Friday at Woodbury Days. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith12 / 16
The petting zoo was a continued draw for children on Friday at Woodbury Days. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith13 / 16
Families flocked to carnival rides on Friday at Woodbury Days. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith14 / 16
GB Leighton performed for the Woodbury Days crowd on Friday at the Woodbury Lions Club band shell. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith15 / 16
The petting zoo was one of several family-friendly activities at Woodbury Days. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith16 / 16

Steamy temperatures didn't keep Woodbury Days from remaining a hit in 2013.

Theresa Janechek, president of Woodbury Days Council, said the event drew record crowds on Friday and Saturday.

"I think it was a great event," she said after Woodbury Days concluded on Sunday, which saw temperatures climb to 95 in Woodbury.

The high for the day occurred while the Woodbury Days Grande Parade traversed the city on its way to the fairgrounds at Ojibway Park.

Neighbors along the parade route gleefully sprayed down those marching in the event.

One resident even sacrificed his weathered garden hose in hopes of providing a momentary relief for the marchers. Steeple View Road resident Nick Milleson drilled holes in the hose, then stopped the end, which provided a steady stream of cool water for passers-by.

"They can just walk through at their leisure," Milleson said after laying out the hose on the curb.

Janechek said the weather likely did a number on attendance at the festival on Sunday, though she said the relatively small number of heat-related medical calls were a pleasant surprise.

"It was really good that people planned for it and made accommodations," she said, adding that those included stationing Woodbury ambulances at key points in the parade.

Meanwhile, the Best of Woodbury Days winners were announced Monday.

Taste of Woodbury winners were:

Best Entree: Acapulco (burrito)

Best Fair Food: Holy Cross (cheese curds)

Best Dessert: Culvers (concrete mixer)

Best Taste of Woodbury Booth: Green Mill

Grande Parade winners were:

Most Entertaining: Ultimate Martial Arts

Most Outrageous: Woodbury Senior Living

Best Business Representation: Classical Ballet Academy

Spirit of Woodbury: Woodbury Royals football team

Best Royalty: Cottage Grove Strawberry Festival

Judges' Choice: Delmonico Dance

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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