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Woodbury Days: Let the fun begin

Our city's annual community-sized party -- Woodbury Days -- is just about ready to make its yearly reappearance. A weekend of family fun, food fellowship and fantastic fireworks at Ojibway Park kicksoff on Friday. Aug. 22.

A lion's share of the credit for making and keeping Woodbury Days family-friendly must go to the event's organizers and many volunteers. All the planning and labor that goes into this celebration clearly pays off and this year's edition -- the 30th one -- will be no exception.

A quick look at the Woodbury Days schedule of events reinforces that point, because there's something for every visitor to enjoy over the course of the three-day bash.

Inside this week's Woodbury Bulletin, you'll find a special section devoted to Woodbury Days. Read about the

numerous attractions and events festival visitors can experience. You'll find photos and stories on the people who'll be working to make Woodbury Days an exciting and enjoyable time for all.

Participants can satisfy their appetites with the Taste of Woodbury's varied culinary delights. They can stimulate their sense of hearing by taking in one or more of the musical acts.

For the sports-inclined, there will be a number of athletic events to observe: tennis and hockey tournaments, sand volleyball, the bike ride and the Country Mile run.

There'll also be a Custom Car Show, Woodbury Days' Grande Parade and a fireworks show to enjoy. And be sure to drop by the Business Fair.

And if that's not enough, carnival rides and games will be available for Woodbury Days patrons.

If there's one bit of information derived from previous Woodbury Days to keep in mind, it's probably this: A lot of people are going to be concentrated in one general location over the next few days -- so long as Mother Nature cooperates.

Woodbury Days doesn't attract the mayhem-prone crush of humanity usually present at a Mardi Gras week in New Orleans. Fortunately, attendees of Woodbury's premier event are generally better behaved than the raucous revelers in Louisiana.

Another detail learned by experience from past celebrations is that many of the people who partake of Woodbury Days don't actually reside in Woodbury. It is these folks who are in a position to best see how Woodbury Days makes our city shine.

So, while you're traversing the various venues and attractions of Woodbury Days, keep in mind that you, too, are a feature of the festival. As unofficial ambassadors of the community, your demeanor is also what makes Woodbury Days great each year.