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BRIAN BASHAM/BEACHIN' GRAINS OF CREATIVITY. The Northwest Water Carnival plays host to an array of events during the 10-day event, including a sandcastle building contest.

Northwest Water Carnival

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When Dave and Melissa Opsahl were named as Admirals for the 74th Northwest Water Carnival, they had no idea what they were in for.

"At first it was kind of easy, not a lot to do, but when January hit it became busy," said Melissa of their responsibilities, which include organizing "just about everything" for the 10-day event.

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"Nobody from the past 73 years tells you how hard it is," said Dave. "It's fun, but it's a lot of work."

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