The first-ever Ripplesippi Music Fest drew large crowds through most of the day Saturday, as people came out to hear a large number of groups and soloists. Food was on sale throughout the event from vendors and area restaurants and visitors strolled Minnesota Avenue throughout the day. Crowds gathered on the closed-off Minnesota Avenue; “The Minnesota Beat Battle” took place in between acts, with artists like Flip Banguh, Don Queen, Xhioxe Thunder Sun, Dani D’Elegance McGinley, Track Mechanic and The Share Gawd all performing; Amanda Standalone performed as the second act; organizer Christian McShane took to the stage right before the headliner; Aitkin native Sam Sadlowsky drew a crowd; the Chmielewski Funtime Band performed polka on the upper floor of the Butler Building; The French Hillbillies were the first act on stage; the brass sound of the Rusty Crayfish Brass Band offered an instrumental set; headliner Charlie Parr had the street packed; Aurora Baer sung with electric guitar.

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