STILLWATER — Even though the Lift Bridge loop trail has been open for a year, its grand opening has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The community will finally celebrate the newly constructed loop trail system that connects the historic Lift Bridge with the St. Croix River Crossing Bridge, beginning with a long-overdue ribbon-cutting at the west end of the Stillwater Lift Bridge at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14.

According to the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, dignitaries from both the state of Minnesota and Wisconsin will be at the ribbon-cutting to celebrate the reopening of the Lift Bridge and shared loop trail between two states, two historic bridges and the beautiful St. Croix River. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony is hosted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The celebration will continue throughout the day and festivities include a bike rodeo, trail walk, a street dance from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and fireworks at Lowell Park in Stillwater.

Bridge the Valley Bike Rally

The grand opening celebration continues Sunday, Aug. 15, with the inaugural Bridge the Valley Bike Rally, sponsored by the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club. It will begin and end on Chestnut Plaza in downtown Stillwater with six different routes that weave through the St. Croix Valley countryside. There will be fun for everyone, whether it be a short family ride, challenging longer rides or a secluded gravel ride. The six different routes range from 5 to 80 miles in length to suit all ages and skill levels. After the ride, participants can meet up with family and friends to enjoy an amazing variety of  savory cuisine and exclusive discounts with the club’s Stillwater business partners.

Top off the day with live entertainment along the St. Croix River. For more information, go to stillwatersunriserotary.org/page/bridge-the-valley-bike-rally.

— Noelle Olson

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