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Parkfest to kick off summer

It's time to start taking off those layers, get outside and celebrate the beginning of summer.

The third annual Parkfest celebration will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, in the Detroit Lakes City Park. Events will go on rain or shine, but organizers of the event, of course, are hoping for sunshine and mild temperatures.

A free picnic will be served by the Breakfast Rotary, Noon Rotary and Kiwanis clubs at 5:30 p.m.

Music by Hardwood Groove and In the Clouds will entertain visitors throughout the evening, while yard games and the big truck "hoot and toot" entertains kids.

Businesses have signed up to showcase products at exhibits in the Pavilion. The Farmers Market will also be at Parkfest for those looking for some locally grown fresh produce.

Also in the Pavilion, children who participated in Mosaic Mania will get the opportunity to display their work at Parkfest. After working on them since December, they're excited to show off their talent.

"The kids really enjoy it and we've had great support," said Becky Mitchell, the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center outreach coordinator. "There is a lot of pride for them for that."

She added that students from all over the area will display about 40 to 50 windows in the Pavilion.

Before the picnic is served at 5:15 p.m., the Boy Scout Troupe 674 and the Venture Crew 673 will hold a presentation of the colors, followed by a National Anthem performance by Steve Larson and a welcome message by Mayor Matt Brenk.

Organizer of Parkfest, Historic Holmes Theatre Director Amy Stearns, described the event as a big block party that brings more than 600 people together to enjoy some good food, music and good company.

"The park is green, things are budding and beautiful," she said. "It's truly a celebration of spring."

The event is free except for the beer garden that will be hosted by the Jaycees.

Parkfest is sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, City of Detroit Lakes, Arvig Communication Systems, the Detroit Lakes School District, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary's Innovis Health, the Becker County History Museum, Marco and Minnesota State Community and Technical College.