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Take time to celebrate DL's day on Wednesday

Capital for a Day organizers in Detroit Lakes are hoping for a fun-filled day of entertainment for all ages Wednesday.

From a dance Tuesday night to kick things off, to the closing community picnic Wednesday evening, the day will be filled with school performances, rain garden ribbon cutting, meeting dignitaries, fishing and much, much more.

According to an online poll at, the 90 responses as of Friday morning were split three ways on attendance.

Thirty-one votes, or 34 percent, said yes they would help celebrate because it's an honor for the city; 33 votes, or 37 percent, said no, they wouldn't be able to attend the festivities; 26 people, or 29 percent, said the didn't know what the Capital for a Day celebration even was about.

Voted to be Capital for a Day for the coniferous biome last year, Detroit Lakes has been planning for the special day for months. There's bound to be something everyone can attend.

Wednesday, May 14

-- 7:30-8:30 a.m. -- Coffee with the lieutenant governor at the Historic Holmes Theatre. Open to the public, come have coffee and hear remarks from Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau.

-- 8:30 a.m. -- Rain garden ribbon cutting to kick off Festival of Birds. Located in the City Park, near the Pavilion.

-- 8:58 a.m. -- Bells ring to announce Detroit Lakes as Capital for a Day

-- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Becker County History Museum open.

-- 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. -- "Detroit Lakes through the Eyes of L.G. Pratt." Movies from the 1920s-1960s show in the Washington Square Mall in the former Curves location.

n Noon-1 p.m. -- Plan for Our Future meeting at the Soo Pass Ranch.

-- 1-2:30 p.m. -- Detroit Lakes Middle School sixth-graders present "Famous Minnesotans" in the Washington Square Mall.

-- 1-1:30 p.m. -- Tree planting by area students at the Kent Freeman Sports Arena.

-- 1-7 p.m. -- Environmental and interactive exhibits in the Pavilion.

-- 1-7 p.m. -- Farmers Market in the Pavilion area.

-- 1:30-2:30 p.m. -- Holy Rosary School presents "Assignment Earth: What Kids can do to Save the Planet" in the Pavilion.

-- 2:30 p.m. -- 150th birthday cake and coffee in the Pavilion.

-- 4-5 p.m. -- Hoot and Toot in the City Park/Pavilion area.

-- 4-6 p.m. -- Capital Cash free giveaway in the Pavilion.

-- 4-6 p.m. -- Kids fishing from the city fishing pier.

-- 4-6 p.m. -- Horse and wagon rides at the Pavilion,

--5-5:30 p.m. -- City presentation and dedication of sailboat sculpture at the Pavilion.

It will include the presentation of colors and flag raising by the Lakes Area Veterans Color Guard, national anthem, opening remarks from Mayor Larry Buboltz, honorary speaker State Auditor Rebecca Otto, sailboat dedication, closing remarks from Buboltz and retirement of the colors.

n 5:30-7 p.m. -- Community picnic with music by Doc & The Scrubs in the Pavilion