Taste of Minnesota is homeless after Harriet Island flooding


Everything is ready to go for the return of Taste of Minnesota – except where it'll be held.

The festival was supposed to take place on Harriet Island in St. Paul from July 3-6, but due to significant flooding, organizers have to find a new place to hold the event, according to its website.

Taste of Minnesota organizer Linda Maddox told WCCO that all the plans are made, they just need a location for the event, which can be hard to find on such short notice.

Maddox says they're looking at everything from soccer fields to baseball fields as a possible home for this year's event, but if they don't have a spot by Wednesday it may be too late, WCCO reports.

Event organizers plan to notify the public as soon as they find a new location.

The Taste of Minnesota was a Fourth of July tradition for many years. Maddox's late husband founded the festival on the state Capitol grounds in 1983 and sold the event to International Event Marketing in 2009, which then filed for bankruptcy in December 2010, the Pioneer Press reports.

The event wasn't held for the last three years. But in October, Maddox said she was reviving Taste of Minnesota and booked the now-flooded island for the Fourth of July event. Soul Asylum, Starship, Halestrom and Joe Nichols are among the musical acts set to perform.

The festival’s website says the feel of the 2014 event will harken back to its origins. ���The formula for the event will reflect what made Taste so successful in its first 26 years, while introducing new ideas that will make the 2014 event fresh. It will cater to families who want to enjoy good music, food and fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday,” it said.

Here are some more photos from flooded Harriet Island:

Flooding also ruined wedding plans for a couple:

One man was following minnows on the sidewalk of Harriet Island. Instagram user wernerroland posted this picture to the photo-sharing website:

And with the playground being flooded, many news organizations are reporting that a giant clam from the playground is floating down the Mississippi River.

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