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Mosaic Mania at Thursday's Parkfest

Three years ago, to commemorate the Minnesota State Sesquicentennial, Detroit Lakes was one of several cities in the state chosen to be Capital for a Day.

On that day in May 2008, a community picnic was held. Though it was intended to be a one-time-only event, it was so successful that Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk decided last year that it would become an annual celebration -- and a new community tradition, Parkfest, was born.

The second annual Parkfest celebration is slated to take place Thursday, May 13 at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, from 4 to 7 p.m. -- rain or shine.

At 5:15 p.m., the Boy Scout Troupe 674 and the Venture Crew 673 will hold a presentation of the colors, followed by a National Anthem performance by Steve Larson and a welcome message by Mayor Brenk.

The free community picnic gets underway at 5:30 p.m., served up by the Breakfast Rotary, Noon Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.

Once again, the celebration will feature a silent auction where guests will have the opportunity to bid on mosaic glass windows created by area school students.

These windows -- between 40 and 50 in all -- were created during the annual "Mosaic Mania" art outreach project established three years ago by the Historic Holmes Theatre.

Music by Hardwood Groove and In the Clouds will entertain visitors throughout the evening, while yard games and the big truck "hoot and toot" entertains kids.

The event is free except for the beer garden that will be held by the Jaycee club, and the DL Farmers Market, which will also be open throughout the event.

Parkfest is sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, City of Detroit Lakes, Arvig Communication Systems, the Detroit Lakes School District, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary's Innovis Health, the Becker County History Museum, Marco and Minnesota State Community and Technical College.