Hopkins continues mid-July tradition

85th annual Raspberry Festival underway

Mark Freie
July 19, 2019 - 12:54 pm

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What started as a festival to boost businesses during the Great Depression in Hopkins continues today as the city's annual mid-July tradition.

In its 85th year, the Raspberry Festival celebrates the northwest Minneapolis suburb with music, food, classic cars, and more. 

Leigh Drinkwine is the festival's executive directory and says the community is proud of the festival's 85 years.

"I think a lot of the Hopkins residents that have been there a very long traditionally get together with their families, have picnics, and come to the parade," Drinkwine said. "It's a family event that they just wouldn't miss."

Raspberry Festival activities go on all week long and culminate Sunday with thousands of people expected to attend the Grande Parade

"We'll keep people busy all weekend long in Hopkins," Drinkwine said.

One of the more popular events during the Raspberry Festival is "The Hunt for the Golden Raspberry." Each year, a palm-sized medallion is hidden somewhere on public city property in Hopkins. Clues to find the medallion are distributed via the city's webpage and social media accounts. The individual who finds the medallion first, wins $300.

The hunt began Monday, July 15.

"It's a nice amount of money so they're motivated to try and figure it out," Drinkwine said. "We get whole families looking for the medallion. Generally its found within the fourth day of it being hidden. We've had it found within two or three days, which disappoints some people."

The festival is a culmination of year-round work by volunteers and the Board of Directors.

"We're very proud of this festival. It's fun to see people attend for the first time, or joins us again for maybe the 85th time," Drinkwine said.

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