Rain -- sometimes just a drizzle but mostly in sheets -- challenged spectators and participants at this year's Heritage Days festival in St. Paul Park, Aug. 17-19.

The Saturday morning parade managed to complete its route with nearly all of the 100 promised units marching from Heritage Park to Broadway Avenue, where weekend events were scheduled.

Cottage Grove's Art Kistler, an Elvis tribute artist, had to contend with light rain Saturday afternoon, but Steve Millar & Diamondhead, scheduled to play for the night's street dance, was canceled after rain drove the musicians from the stage.

Mud volleyball players, horseshoe throwers and classic car owners stayed the course on Saturday, with the volleyball players coming back for a second day of games on Sunday.

Garden tractor drivers managed 45 minutes of sled pulling before torrential rains hit on Sunday. Fireworks, scheduled Sunday night at Oltman Junior High School, were canceled, while under the big tent, die-hard families had great fun with children's games, the egg toss and a mustache contest. -- Toni Lambert