West End July 4 celebration includes Tofte Trek, music, parade and more

Tofte will be abuzz with activity July 4 and 5, with many old and a few new activities.

On Thursday, July 4, Birch Grove Community Center will serve breakfast pizzas (made in the new oven) beginning at 8 a.m. The Tofte Trek begins at 9 a.m., and at 11:30 a.m. there will be bouncy house fun and a balloon toss.
At the Tofte Town Hall/Park, festivities begin at 11 a.m. with live music, dunk tank, art & craft show, fabulous food and a beer garden. The parade steps out at 2 p.m., followed by the naming of the Citizen of the Year at 3 p.m. A spaghetti dinner wraps things up at 5 p.m. at Zoar Lutheran Church until 7 p.m.
Live music will spotlight the Cook County High School Band at noon; Cook County’s Most Wanted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and D’Merritt from 2 to 5 p.m.
The dunk tank, sponsored by Lutsen Mountains and Grand Marais State Bank, will feature Michael McHugh for the WTIP Youth Radio Project at 11 a.m.; Jim King for the Birch Grove Foundation at 11:30 a.m.; Ashley Green for Arrowhead Animal Rescue at 12:30 p.m.; Bruce Martinson for the West End fire departments; Tom Rider for the Junior Alpine Club at 3:30 p.m.; and Diane Blanchette for Birch Grove School at 4 p.m.
And that’s not all!
Visitors are invited to come back the next night, Friday, July 5, for fireworks at the Tofte Town Park. The show starts at 10 p.m. – it’s sure to be a blast!