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Grand Old Day adds twice the fun, making it a weekend event

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Grand Old Day will henceforth be known as Grand Old Days, as the block party has become a weekend event next year.

The St. Paul summer kickoff, which claims to be the "largest one-day festival in the Midwest," drew more than 300,000 participants this summer, according to a press release. This broke the attendance record, the Pioneer Press reports, and the area is expanding next year from Dale to Prior Avenue, stretching 30-blocks.

With an extra day the Grand Avenue Business Association hopes to draw even more people.

The first day is described as a "Crazy Days-style" sidewalk sales and restaurant events, the Star Tribune reports. Traffic will also remain open along Grand Avenue on day one.

More could be added to the first day festivities, including music, but the details are still in the works, the Star Tribune notes.

The Sunday festivities will look more like the traditional Grand Old Day with the streets closed and filled with more than 100 food vendors, live music, festival gardens and the Grand Old Day parade.

What's new for 2016 is the Art District, which will feature local artists, crafts, art cars and handmade goods.

Mark your calendars for the Grand Old Days weekend on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, 2016.

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