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Preparing for a Crazy Day in DL

Local businesses are gearing up to give shoppers a huge dose of retail therapy, as preparations are underway for Detroit Lakes' Crazy Daze.

The one-day event is set for the traditional first Tuesday in August, which this year is August 2.

"This has been going on for such a long time," said Crazy Daze Co-Chair Beth Pridday, who noted it is the largest one-day sale in Detroit Lakes.

"We close off the 800 and 900 blocks of Washington Avenue, and invite all the retailers to bring their things outside."

Pridday says shoppers will find deep discounts as businesses up and down Washington Avenue clearance out summer items to make room for the new.

"It's a great chance for them to blow out everything in their basements and storage to really make room for the back-to-school and holiday merchandise coming in," said Pridday.

Retailers in the mall will also be moving their goods outside, along with the downtown coffee shops.

"Both Brewed Awakening and La Barista will be putting tables out and offering food and coffee on the street, so it's just fun," said Pridday, who added that summer food vendors will also be on-hand.

"There will be Off-da Tacos, the Camouflage Melon, snow cones, toasted almonds, and the Noon Rotary will also be out there with a brat stand."

Leighton Broadcasting will be adding to the ambiance of the event with live broadcasting and music from its big boom box.

Car dealerships will also be getting in on the action, as they bring a few vehicles to the sale.

"People around here just wait for this day," said Pridday, "I know with it being on a Tuesday, a lot of people get up early and go before work, during their lunch breaks or stop there after work -- those are the peak times."

The event begins at 7 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m.

Non-profit organizations will also be on hand, raising awareness for their causes, with a few of them selling merchandise as well.

There will also be jumping games for the smaller, inpatient shoppers, along with sidewalk chalk and some other kids activities.

"There's a little something for everybody there," said Pridday, "People just love getting those good deals...maybe stocking up on gifts or whatever, but it's always a fun tradition in Detroit Lakes."

In fact, Pridday says it is an event that never fails to bring the downtown community together.

"It's really nice for the businesses because they don't have to put on independent crazy days to clear out their inventory, and by doing it at once we're able to attract so many more people from around the region."

Pridday says vendors and retailers are still calling to sign up to participate in Crazy Day, but so far there are at least 20 local businesses, six non-profits and five food vendors.

"We really need vendors or businesses to call before Tuesday if they want to participate, but as long as they do that we can always squeeze them in somewhere," said Pridday, "We really want anybody who has anything to add to the fun environment to get involved."

Pridday says in the 10 years she's been involved with Crazy Day, crazy weather has never rained on their parade.

"For some reason it's always nice and sunny for this event," said Pridday.

Businesses interested in participating can call Beth Pridday at 701-306-5438.