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Crazy Days comes to town

For one day each summer, the first Tuesday in August to be precise, various Detroit Lakes retailers invade Washington Avenue to sell their wares in an open-air market extraordinaire.

With a plethora of shoppers, a number of food stands and deals galore, Crazy Days has been going strong along Detroit Lakes' downtown shopping district for half a century now.

Art Norum of JC Penney, Bill Dee of Woolworth and Dick Blanding of Blandings Department Store are credited with coming up with the idea, having started Crazy Days back in 1957 as an advertising vehicle for their various downtown Detroit Lakes businesses.

Although both Blandings and Woolworths are no longer part of the retail landscape in Detroit Lakes, JC Penney remains and is located at the corner of Frazee Street and Washington Avenue.

In addition, over the years, the annual street sale has grown

to include numerous local restaurants, retail, and service


Crazy Days 2006 is slated to take place Aug. 1 along Washington Avenue between Frazee Street and Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes. Local merchants will have their wares available for purchase from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.