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Legacy Destination Weekend gets underway today in DL

A live broadcast of the radio play 'Camping Catastrophe," created by a group of local home school students, will be part of this Thursday's Parkfest festivities at the DL City Park & Pavilion. The show was created through a "Tell Me A Story" grant from the BNSF Foundation. KDLM Radio will be broadcasting live from the Pavilion throughout the day. (Vicki Gerdes/DL Newspapers)

Detroit Lakes' fifth annual Parkfest celebration is slated to take place this Thursday, May 17 at the DL City Park & Pavilion, from 4 to 7 p.m. -- and it's going to be bigger and better than ever.

There will not only be a Mosaic Mania art auction to benefit arts programming at the Historic Holmes Theatre and local schools, but KDLM Radio will be broadcasting live from the Pavilion throughout the day -- culminating in the debut of the radio theater broadcast, "Camping Catastrophe," following the Twins game at around 4:30 p.m.

There will also be a free community picnic, a concert by Doc & the Scrubs, informational booths featuring area environmental and arts agencies, and a "Holmes Spun History" exhibit created by local students.

Also on Thursday, Detroit Lakes' 15th annual Festival of Birds gets underway, with field trips, birding demonstrations, speakers, vendors and more. Event headquarters will be at M State in Detroit Lakes, though events will take place at several other venues as well. A complete schedule is available online at

Besides Parkfest and the Festival of Birds, several other activities are also being planned as part of Detroit Lakes' Legacy Destination Weekend, May 17-19.

During all three days, the Becker County Historical Society and Washington Square Mall will be hosting downtown walking tours highlighting the community's historic buildings and points of interest. The tours start at 1 p.m. each day.

On Thursday, May 17, Carrol Henderson of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be giving a presentation on "Oology and Ralph's Talking Eggs" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the DL Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. This program is free and open to the public.

The Becker County Museum, 714 Summit Ave., will be hosting the final weekend of it is "Minnesota on the Homefront" traveling exhibit, which closes Saturday, May 19 with a "Last Chance Viewing Party" from 10 a.m. to noon, featuring World War II-era music, activities and refreshments.

Also on Saturday, the Laurentian Lakes Chapter of the North Country Trail Association is hosting a guided 3-6-mile hike starting at the trailhead of the Greenwater Scientific and Nature Area at 9 a.m.

Many of the activities and venues showcased during this Legacy Destination Weekend were funded by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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