Hopkins Raspberry Festival: a refreshing tradition

Raspberry Royalty had a place of honor in the Hopkins Grande Day Parade, waving on an adoring audience from atop the brightly colored Raspberry Float, leading the rest of the parade down a crowded Mainstreet. (Sun Sailor staff photos by Gabby Landsverk)

Residents from across the metro area and state gathered July 15-16 in Hopkins for the grand finale of the much-loved Raspberry Festival. The celebration honors Hopkins rich history.
The community celebrated, beginning July 8, with the first-ever Running of the Bulls event, and carried on throughout the week with Raspberry Royalty and other events.
The last weekend of the festival includes an arts and crafts fair, live music, fireworks and a family favorite, the Grande Day Parade.

Madelyn Mettert, 1 1/2 years old, of Chaska, appreciated the water fountain provided by Hopkins Public Works, keeping the crowd hydrated during the Raspberry Festival. The mobile water station, included pipes for filling water bottles and refreshing thirsty pets, is new to the Hopkins Festival for 2017, built by public works employees.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek waves to the crowd in downtown Hopkins in front of the iconic Clock Tower on Mainstreet.
The Pound Fit Demonstration leads a group of participants through a dance oriented work out that combines the rhythmic pattern of stick clapping and the cardio of dance. The demonstration is the first of four acts that performed on the Central Park Main Stage. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Hayden Farmer)

The 2017 Hopkins Raspberry Royalty include Queen Natalie Jacobwith, Princess Kelly Flanders, Princess Chloe Ekstrum, Junior Queen Charlotte Sommervold, Junior Princess Elsa Braendlin, Senior Queen Deb Winter-Renfro and Senior King Jay Graziani.
The 2017 Hopkins Raspberry Royalty includes Queen Natalie Jacobwith, Princess Kelly Flanders, Princess Chloe Ekstrum, Junior Queen Charlotte Sommervold, Junior Princess Elsa Braendlin, Senior Queen Deb Winter-Renfro and Senior King Jay Graziani.