Red Bull Flugtag is returning to St. Paul in 2019

The annual event was last held in the city in 2010.
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While Crashed Ice gave St. Paul a miss this year, another popular Red Bull event is coming back.

Nine years since it was last held in St. Paul, Red Bull's Flugtag will be returning to Minnesota's capital on Sept. 7.

The announcement was made by Mayor Melvin Carter and snowmobiler Levi LaVallee, who sky-dived and parachuted onto Harriet Island Tuesday morning.

If you're not familiar with Flugtag ("flight day" in German), it challenges competitors to make their own flying machine and then try them out by launching it (and themselves) off a 30-feet platform over water.

It was last held on Harriet Island – on the St. Paul side of the Mississippi – in 2010, attracting tens of thousands of spectators. 

This year's event will see 50 teams once again, launch their homemade crafts as far as possible into the Mississippi, with Red Bull taking entries between now and June 26.

The record turnout for Flugtag was set in 2012, when 220,000 people turned out to watch it in Cape Town, South Africa.

You can watch the highlights below.


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