The sound of jazz could be heard from Staring Lake Amphitheatre on Sunday, June 9, thanks to the annual Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie.

The cloudy, cooler weather Sunday afternoon led to a slow start for the 29th annual jazz festival, but as the sun came out, more people showed up at the event, Rachel Mikel, with Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation, told Eden Prairie News.

The event, which is sponsored by the city of Eden Prairie, featured six area Big Bands. They were: Bend in the River Big Band, Just Friends Big Band, Good News Big Band, River City Jazz Orchestra, ACME Jazz Company and Jazz on the Prairie Big Band.

Also part of this event was RibFest, benefiting the Eden Prairie Noon Rotary Club. Ribs, chicken, hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream were among the food items available for people to enjoy while listening to music. Beer, cider and wine were also available.

RibFest is a major fundraiser for the rotary club, according to the organization’s website. Profits from the event go to support the club’s local and international service projects, such as the My Book Day literacy program, the Rotary Ethics Workshop, STRIVE program and scholarships for high school students, and Let’s Go Fishing.

The jazz festival also included a disc golf tournament and a raffle, with prizes like a bike, grill and Twins tickets.

Melissa Turtinen is the community editor for Lakeshore Weekly News and Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.