Week ahead will be packed with events
If you thought this past weekend's Northwest Water Carnival celebration was jam-packed with activity, you ain't seen nothing yet.
From Monday through Sunday, there will be something to do every day this week.
The Frazee Community Club will crown the king and queen of the community's annual Turkey Days festival at a coronation ceremony set for 2:30 p.m. in the Frazee Event Center. A reception will follow the coronation.
The Golden Dragon Acrobats of China return to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre Monday for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets are on sale at the Holmes Theatre Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., 218-844-SHOW (7469) or online at www.dlccc.org.
Local musician Robbin Bueng will be the featured artist at the Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series, which resumes this week with a 7 p.m. performance at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell (alternate location is the DL Pavilion in case of bad weather). There is no charge for admission.
Detroit Lakes' Fair Hills Resort also offers a Hootenanny celebration on Tuesday, with smorgasbord at 6:30 p.m. and performance at 8:15 p.m. Make reservations at 218-847-7638 or 532-2222. In existence since 1965, this is the longest running musical show in the entire Midwest.
Wednesday will be the kickoff date for two of the three major summer festivals going on this week -- the 10,000 Lakes Festival and the Becker County Fair.
It's Entry Day at the 117th annual Becker County Fair, with poultry and rabbit shows, the Miss and Junior Miss Becker County Fair pageant, performances by ventriloquist David Malmberg and musician Danny Holt, pony rides, concessions and more. The Midway opens at 5 p.m. There is no gate admission fee; the Becker County Fairgrounds are located on Rossman Avenue in Detroit Lakes.
The sixth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Soo Pass Ranch south of Detroit Lakes, with performances by the Dark Star Orchestra, New Primitives, Rhinestone Diplomats and more. For information regarding tickets or camping permits please call the 10KLF ticket office at 1-800-493-3378, or visit the Web site at www.10klf.com.
Frazee's flagship festival, Turkey Days, gets underway with a kickoff party at the Frazee Event Center, starting at 5 p.m. There will be a Turkey Cookoff, Turkey Surprise Supper, Turkey Baby Crawl and Turkey Calling Contest, followed by a Minnesota Sesquicentennial presentation at 7 p.m. The Junior Miss Frazee Pageant begins at 7 p.m. in the Frazee High School gymnasium; admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The 5th Annual Wayne Nelson Memorial Hidden Talent Show is at 7 p.m. in the Cormorant Community Center. Come for entertainment, fun and laughs. Ice cream will be served following the program. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from Carolyn at 532-2203, Stan at 532-2934, Don at 863-8755 or the Community Center at 532-5136. Proceeds for the benefit go to the Cormorant Community Center.
Enjoy music, fun, good food and drinks at The Lodge on Lake Detroit. Pianist Jill Tessman will be the featured performer at the resort's Live at the Lodge concert series, from 7-10 p.m.
The sixth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival resumes at noon, with performances by The Stretch, George Clinton's Parliament Funkadelic and more. Main Stage performances include The Mickey Hart Band featuring Kimock & Porter, and Michael Franti & Spearhead.
It's Senior Citizens Day at the 117th annual Becker County Fair, with lamb, sheep and goat shows, swine show, beef show, pony rides, bingo, free musical entertainment featuring the Callens Family, a mustache and beard contest, sand races and button drawings. The Midway opens at 1 p.m. There will be a Senior Citizzen Awards Program under the Big Tent at 1:45 p.m.
Turkey Days gets into full swing in Frazee, starting at 2 p.m. with a Sand Castle Building Contest on the Town Lake beach. Other events will include a Flower Show and Kids' Carnival, both starting at 4 p.m. in the Frazee Event Center; Water Fights at 6 p.m. and a Street dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., both on Main Street. There will also be Taco in a Bag served from 4-8 p.m. at the Event Center.
It's Kids Day at the 117th annual Becker County Fair, with horse and dairy shows, bingo, pony rides, a sugar cookie contest, entertainment by juggler Steve Russell, free musical entertainment by Doc & the Scrubs, kids' games and button drawings. The Midway opens at 1 p.m. The annual Demolition Derby begins at 7 p.m. in the grandstand.
Tamarac Wildlife Refuge offers a guided tour from 10 a.m. to noon. Join one of the volunteer guides for an informative and fun adventure on the refuge. Search for wildlife and learn about the cultural and natural history of Tamarac. Meet at the Visitor's Center.
The sixth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival resumes at noon on the grounds of the Soo Pass Ranch south of Detroit Lakes, with performances by the Waybacks, Blue Martian Tribe and more. Main Stage performances include WookieFoot, Slightly Stupid and the 10KLF debut of The Flaming Lips.
It's Family Day at the 117th annual Becker County Fair, with a livestock auction, showmanship contest, bingo, pony rides, 4-H Fashion Revue, 4-H Fun Horse Show, magician Chris Olson, free musical entertainment by the Melody Boys, Century Farm, King Agassiz and Fair Builder awards, and button drawings. The Midway opens at 1 p.m. The pickup and 4-cylinder Demolition Derby begins at 7 p.m. in the grandstand.
Turkey Days festivities resume with a breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. in the Frazee Event Center. The Dolores Smith Memorial Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. (registration at 7 a.m.), and the Kids' Fishing Contest starts at 8 a.m. on Town Lake. There will be a Junior King & Queen Contest at 10 a.m. in the FHS gym; a DUI Simulation Test at the Frazee Liquor Store, also starting at 10 a.m.; Little League Baseball Tourney, Greased Pole Climb & Straw Dig, Kids' Games, Road Rally, Soap Box Derby, Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull, Old-Time Dance, and the Miss Frazee Pageant at 7 p.m. Also scheduled for Saturday is live outdoor music, a Screaming Eagles football game, and a teen dance at 8 p.m. in the elementary school gym.
Lake Park Day begins with a citywide rummage sale; maps are available at local businesses. There is also the annual Men's Softball Tournament in Lake Park. Call Bud's Sport Center for more information at 218-238-5220. The annual Lake Park Firemen's Street Dance, featuring the music of Silverado, is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the City Center Fire Bay.
The sixth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival resumes at noon on the grounds of the Soo Pass Ranch south of Detroit Lakes, with performances by God Johnson, The Wood Brothers, Lotus and more. Main Stage performances include Leftover Salmon and Phil Lesh & Friends. The festival concludes with a fireworks display at 11:30 p.m.
Detroit Lakes' 30th annual Arts & Crafts in the Park takes place today, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the DL City Park. About 125 booths are set up in the shade of the park's beautiful pine and oak trees. You'll find treasures of all sorts, from paintings and pottery to furniture and fabric goods, while listening to live Ecuadorian music and feasting on a range of tasty foods.
Frazee's Turkey Days celebration concludes today, with a Car Show at 10 a.m. on East Main Avenue; Turkey Luncheon at 11 a.m. in the Frazee Event Center; and a Pet & Doll Parade at 1 p.m., Parade of Cars at 1:15 p.m., and the Turkey Days Grand Parade at 2 p.m., all on Main Avenue. The parade will be followed by a Pie & Ice Cream Social in the Event Center. The festivities conclude with a Demolition Derby at 3:30 p.m. on West Main Avenue and Krank It Up Entertainment from 6-10 p.mm. in the Frazee VFW.
Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts a Discovering Tamarac History Tour from 1-4 p.m. Join one of the volunteer guides for an informative and fun adventure on the refuge. Search for wildlife and learn about the cultural and natural history of Tamarac. Meet at the Visitor's Center. For those who prefer to stay indoors, the Refuge will also host a screening of the movie "Chased by the Light" at 2 p.m. Learn how renowned photographer Jim Brandenburg renewed himself through a Zen-like exploration of his craft by taking just one photograph a day for 90 days.