Do you know what the best part of a conversation that strikes a community chord is?
When hundreds of conversations about a shared love for local artists, musicians, and businesses starts sounding like music to your ears; when people start talking about what we have in common here in our tiny corner of the world we call Central Minnesota.
That conversation has since turned into the Central Minnesota Common Roots Festival, a three-day showcase of our grassroots talent supporting the local venues, theaters, restaurants and businesses we love during the massive street construction of historic 5th Ave in downtown Saint Cloud.
Let’s be honest folks, the construction downtown is needed. Those pipes under the streets are from the 1920’s and probably felt the feet of Al Capone. This is also the first phase of an entire downtown revitalization, and once the project is finished its going to be prettier than a polished agate off the banks of the Mississippi.
But through all that jackhammering and foundation smashing, we want to invite the entire state to come down and support our local artists, musicians, and performers who are proud of the places that help us make our music and our art.
It’s our first year, and we are hoping this festival will spread from the streets of downtown Saint Cloud into all the gems that make up the Tri-County.