Visitors to Somerset's 2018 Apple Splash Festival were greeted by some of this summer's hottest weather and some of its coolest art.
The 40th annual UFO Days in Elmwood July 27-29 drew earthlings from all over the region, who celebrated Elmwood's unique "UFO Capital" heritage with bus tours of sighting spots, an "out-of-this-world" cake decorating competition and sidewalk chalk contest, classic car show, parade, chicken poop raffle and more small-town festival fun.
High winds, ominous clouds and driving rain threatened to derail Fun Fest Thursday evening, but clear skies returned Friday morning bringing with them heat and humidity that would last the weekend. The crowds could have cared less as they filled the midway, danced to the music of assorted bands each night and cruised between events up and down Knowles Avenue ranging from tractor pulls and water fights to car shows and bean bags. The season's longest parade drew a large crowd armed against the sun with assorted umbrellas and hand fans to fight the heat.
Most of the estimated 20,000 students and supporters who filled the Capitol plaza Saturday, March 24, 2018, in St. Paul likely found the overcast sky and biting wind appropriate for a cause as sobering as gun violence in America's schools.