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Summer Solstice Celebrates Nine Years

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For the ninth consecutive year the Mankato Solstice has hosted live bands, craft and food vendors. Today marked the second and final day of the event at Riverfront Park.

Although summer doesn't officially start for five more days, today at the Mankato Summer Solstice, community members got to enjoy the warmth.

Val Curtis says, "In the sun, in the fun, in the park, with your family, your friends. It's just good company, it's don't worry be happy. I think we've all been a little starved for some fresh air and sunshine."

Nearly 3,000 people gathered here today at Riverfront Park to kick off the unofficial start of summer.

Lisa Jacobs says, "We listened to some great music, enjoyed the sun, hung out with friends and family and enjoyed the weather."

Participants got to sit outdoors at the amphitheater, on lawn chairs or under their tents to soak up the sun and listen to live bands from around the area, which included the Mankato band the Murphy Brothers, among others.

The event was also a fundraiser for Vine Faith in Action and Lifework as vendors split the proceeds 60/40.

And with sun shining and clouds staying away, we can all only hope the rest of summer was just like today.