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The lakes are alive with the sound of music

There's lots of music to be heard in the lakes area tonight, as Hope Fest continues north of Detroit Lakes with continuous live gospel music, the Oak Ridge Boys perform at Shooting Star Casino and Gloria Jean pays tribute to Loretta Lynn in Cormorant.

Hope Fest runs from 5 to 10 p.m. today and again tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; the festival grounds are located 1½ miles north of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road and Dan Street. A variety of bands will be featured.

Gloria Jean's tribute to country music diva Loretta Lynn -- backed by a full five-piece band -- begins at 7 p.m. tonight in the Cormorant Community Center. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door.

The Front Fenders will rock the Hotel Shoreham tonight at 8 p.m., which is also the start time for the Oak Ridge Boys' concert at Shooting Star Casino. Tickets for the Oaks' concert start at $15 and may be purchased at the casino box office prior to the show, by calling 800-313-7469 or visiting the website at

Over in Perham, the Turtle Fest celebration kicks into high gear tonight with the grand parade at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a skateboard competition at the Cowabunga Skate Park starting at 5 p.m., and a street dance at the fairgrounds starting at 8 p.m., featuring the music of Power Play.

The fun continues tomorrow in downtown Perham with the 5K/10K run/walk starting at 7:30 a.m. in Arvig Park; Art in the Park near the Old Stanislaus Church starting at 9 a.m.; a sand volleyball tournament at the Whisky River sand courts and a promenade ballroom demonstration in the Old Stanislaus Church, both starting at 10 a.m. Also starting at 10 a.m. will be a live Zumba dance demonstration at the Chamber office, to be followed by the Perham Idol singing contest at 11 a.m.

A Turtle Fest Motorcycle Ride starts promptly at noon; Perham Lions 40th anniversary celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of Art in the Park festivities, and there will be two kids' events, a pedal tractor pull and the "Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby," both starting at 1 p.m. There will be a variety of kids' games held throughout the afternoon, followed by the Demolition Derby at the fairgrounds starting at 5 p.m. A street dance will follow the derby at 9 p.m.

The Turtle Fest celebration winds down on Sunday, with a Rotary Breakfast at the Lakes Café, bike race starting at Zorbaz at 9 a.m., and the Heavenly Hackers Golf Tournament starting at 2 p.m. at Lakeside Golf Course.

A complete Turtle Fest schedule is available online at

On Saturday, the Audubon Fire Department will host a street dance featuring music by The Fat Cats, starting at 8 p.m. outside the Municipal Liquor Store in Audubon.

Also on Saturday, author Amanda Hughes will do a meet and greet and sign copies of her books at Sister Wolf Books in Dorset from 6 to 9 p.m.

On Sunday, the Richwood Winery near Callaway will host live music by Jeff Mooridian from 3 to 6 p.m., and Lakeside Tavern in Detroit Lakes will host Bruce Neumann & Tiki D from 2 to 6 p.m.

Lakes Homes will be hosting its Garden Tea and Labyrinth Garden Viewing at 914 Lake Forest Circle in Detroit Lakes, at 1 and 3 p.m.

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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