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Parkfest: Community invited to free picnic, activities

In the spirit of giving, this year’s Parkfest centers around volunteerism.

There will be 30 different booths inside the Pavilion, each of them focusing on their volunteer opportunities. Everyone who comes to Parkfest, which is May 16 from 4-7 p.m. in the Pavilion and City Park, will receive a list of each event participant and what volunteer opportunities are available through their non-profit or event and their contact information.

The 30 booths that will fill the Pavilion showcase a variety of organizations in need of volunteers, from health care to books, environment to children, trails to service organizations.

New this year at Parkfest is blowup games for the kids. There will also be the annual picnic, outdoor games, paddleboarding, the Let’s Go Fishing pontoon, Doc and the Scrubs performance and the mosaics and other youth artwork on display.

Of course the paddleboarding and pontoon are subject to the ice being off Detroit Lakes by then. 

Although this year it’s the Kiwanis Club’s turn to serve the food (they take turns with Rotary), Kiwanis, Noon Rotary, Breakfast Rotary, the city of Detroit Lakes and the Detroit Lakes Public School District share in the cost of the food and the preparation of it.

Parkfest began six years ago during the Sesquicentennial of Minnesota and Detroit Lakes was chosen as Capital for a Day. A party was thrown for the entire city as a way to celebrate ad the tradition continues.         

And regardless of the weather, Parkfest will happen. Rain or shine the booths and picnic will be in the Pavilion.