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John Michael Montgomery will be taking the stage during Water Carnival this summer. Submitted Photo

Singer lined up for Water Carnival

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It may not seem possible now, but Detroit Lakes' 78th annual Northwest Water Carnival will be here before we know it -- and 2013 Water Carnival co-admirals Matt and Amy Boeke are already knee-deep in planning the festivities.

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The Detroit Lakes Jaycees scored a major coup on Friday when it was announced that John Michael Montgomery had officially been signed to headline the annual "Bash on the Beach" concert on July 20.

Montgomery is one of country music's best-loved artists, having sold over 15 million albums and landed more than 30 singles on the Billboard charts -- including two No. 1 country singles of the year, "I Swear" (1994) and "Sold: The Grundy County Auction Incident" (1995).

"It should be a good show," said Matt Boeke. "Troubadour will be opening for him. And we do have the signed contracts in hand, so it's set in stone and we're ready to roll."

Boeke credited Historic Holmes Theatre administrator Amy Stearns with helping to get both Montgomery and Troubadour on board for the event.

Advance tickets will be available later this spring from Jaycees members at a cost of $20 each; tickets will also be sold at the gate, Boeke added.

As it has for the past couple of years, the Bash on the Beach will literally take place on the Detroit Lakes City Beach, in front of the Pavilion. A full stage will be set up on the beach in advance of the event, and the bands will perform from 7:30 p.m. until midnight.

The 78th Annual Northwest Water Carnival runs from July 12-21. Though plans are still in the early stages, several signature events will be back this year, including the Parade of the Northwest, water fights and bed races.

"Night golf will be kicking off the water carnival again," Boeke said.

Every year the Jaycees try to come up with "something different" to add to the festivities, he added, and this year's carnival is likely to include a few new events as well, such as a motorcycle ride.

"There's nothing nailed down yet," Boeke cautioned. "But with a group of 75 Jaycees members to help out, it should be a good carnival."

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

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