Street Faire at the Lakes
To kick off the summer, Detroit Lakes will be celebrating its 11th annual Street Faire at the Lakes on June 3 and 4.
"After the winter we've had, we're ready," said Mary Beth Gilsdorf, the Committee Logistics Manager for the Street Faire.
Gilsdorf described the Street Faire as an "all arts and crafts," but added that people who are not art enthusiasts need not be worried.
"It's more fun and practical stuff," Gilsdorf explained, as opposed to it being a showing of high-brow "serious art."
The event will feature numerous art dealers, the famous "Barrel Train Ride," and a constant supply of live music.
According to Gilsdorf, the latter will include "a musician that plays the whole time," as well as "a wandering musician" who walks around, entertaining festival-goers. As for live music on stage, the Street Faire will feature a band from Minneapolis called Big Strong Men.
The Barrel Train Ride is a tradition in itself, and consists of several 55-gallon steel drums made into a train and pulled behind a John Deere tractor.
"Kids love it," Gilsdorf said. "It's hilarious."
The Street Faire's exciting climax will be the street dance on Friday night, featuring Billy D and the Crystals. This 21 and over event offers live music and alcohol from 9 p.m. to 1 in the morning. And of course, everyone is encouraged to dance their hearts out.
"There's just something special about having a live band outside under the stars," Gilsdorf said.
Rain or shine, the Street Faire will provide a much-needed release from the cruel winter that just passed, as well as a celebration of the beautiful seasons ahead.
"I think it's a fun showcase for downtown," Gilsdorf said, "a fun way to get people out of hibernation. After the winter we've had, we're ready."
The Street Faire will run on Friday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (followed by the street dance," and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit dlstreetfaire.com. -- Nathan Kitzmann