Celebrating The Brightness Of Life: Stillwater Sunshine Fest

Despite flooding in Stillwater, the annual Sunshine Fest event drew people together at River Siren Brewing Company. The fest honors the legacy of Van Carlson, the son of the brewery owners who passed away at just five days old but left a lasting impact through organ donation. The event includes a special beer release, live music, and family activities, with proceeds going towards the Sunshine Baby Foundation to raise awareness and funds for organ donation. Public parking spots may be limited due to high water levels, but surrounding businesses have opened up their lots for attendees.

Despite the flooding in Stillwater today, people gathered for an event called Sunshine Fest at River Siren Brewing Company. The festival, which celebrates life and community spirit, honors the legacy of Van Carlson, the son of brewery owners Brian and Harmony Carlson. Van, who passed away at just five days old, made a lasting impact through organ donation. The family decided to carry him to full term, cherishing the time they had with him and spreading awareness about organ donation through Sunshine Fest.

The annual celebration features a special beer release called Sunshine Baby Wit Beer, live band performances, and family activities. Over the past two years, Sunshine Fest has raised $7,000 for the nonprofit Life Source. This year, the goal is to raise $10,000 for their own Sunshine Baby Foundation, supporting families of organ donors and recipients. Despite limited public parking due to high water levels, a surrounding business has opened up their lots for festival attendees.


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