Father Hennepin Festival

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651 West River Road Champlin MN 55316 US

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festival history


Father Hennepin Days, after fifty years, came to life again in 1976.  The year of 1929 was the only celebration until 1976.  The Bicentennial Committee decided it should be renewed as our heritage.  The last days of June were originally selected for the community celebration.  The Father Hennepin Festival is a historic celebration of Champlin.  The historic theme is the reenactment of the Crossing of Father Hennepin, who is a man from the community, chosen for his love of Champlin.

Original Bicentennial Committee Members were Gudrun Greenfield, June Tuzinski, Kay Chandler, Roger Olson, Louise Coler, Ambrose Johnson, Omar O'Connell, Ken Moehle, Pearl Mead, Harlan Mead, Ruth Stephens, Geri Nelson Gil Aguirre, Barbara O'Conners and Sylvial Hockel.

Historians report that Champlin is the site where Father Louis Hennepin first crossed the Mississippi River in 1680.  Today, the community celebrates its heritage with the annual Father Hennepin Festival.  Each year, on the 2nd weekend in June, a three-day community celebration is kicked off with a parade, amusement rides and live music.  Youth and adult activities run all weekend long and culminate with a reenactment of Father Louis Hennein crossing the Mississippi River.