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Emmanuel's We Feast

Emmanuel Community hosts a picnic with music and a free-will barbecue. The event is open to all.

After WE Fest's hold over Detroit Lakes has loosened, Emmanuel Community will host its 17th Annual We Feast picnic. On Sunday, Aug. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., the public is invited to attend the event in Emmanuel's courtyard -- whether it rains or shines.

Traditional picnic food will be served, such as barbeque, hotdogs, potato salad and watermelon. For kids, a variety of games will be available. Emmanuel's auxiliary will host a treasure sale indoors, and Clint Felker and his band will provide music for the picnic.

The motivation for We Feast is "to get community together -- residents and their families, staff and their families," Emmanuel Life Enrichment Coordinator Julie Buckley said.

Preparation itself for the event involves quite a bit of participation from the Detroit Lakes community.

"There are a lot of people involved," Buckley said. "We have a lot of volunteers that help with serving, the games, set up, and clean up."

The high school wrestling team also pitches in by bringing tables over from the park to be used for the picnic.

There is no charge for supper, although free-will donations will be accepted and put toward the Emmanuel Foundation's funds.

We Feast has typically seen 500 to 600 people in attendance. Buckley has noticed that many regulars return yearly.

"We see a lot of people, and a lot of families," she said. "We're looking forward to seeing everybody again this year."