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Busy weekend in DL

The Dick Beardsley Run brings hundreds of visitors into the Detroit Lakes community every September, with many of them staying overnight or through the weekend of Sept. 6-8.

So while they’re in town, what can all those visitors do to have a little fun in the lakes area?

For those who are concerned with eating healthy, Detroit Lakes offers not just one, but two farmer’s markets every Saturday through the end of September.

The Lakes Area Farmer’s Market is literally just a couple of blocks away from the race site, located in Peoples Park behind Zorbaz, while just a short drive, run or walk up Washington Avenue, north of the Highway 10 intersection on the east lawn of the historic BNSF Railroad Depot (also known as the White Earth Transportation Center), there is a smaller, more intimate venue, the Detroit Lakes Farmers Market.

Both will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.

If you’re looking to get in a little water recreation, J & K Marina (conveniently located adjacent to the city beach on West Lake Drive) is open through Sept. 15 this year, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

A fishing boat, deck boat, pontoons, personal watercraft (WaveRunners) and paddle boats are all available for rental. Call 218-847-7291 for details.

Just a short, 20-minute drive north of Detroit Lakes, Richwood Winery is hosting its second annual Grape Stomp Festival on Saturday afternoon, from 1 to 7 p.m.

“We’ve been pretty darn busy getting ready for it,” said Penny Aguirre, who co-owns the winery along with Victoria Johnson.

Craft and food vendors, live music, wine tasting, and yes, an actual grape stomping competition will all be part of the afternoon’s festivities, said event coordinator Nancy Nornes Olson.

“Admission is $10, and you get a commemorative glass with that,” she said. There will also be a costume contest, and “door prizes every hour,” added Olson. “We also have more vendors this year, all set up in the gazebo area, with jewelry, clothing, crafts and food.”

A full list of vendors is available at, under the “Grape Stomp 2013” tab. One thing that all of the vendors have in common, however, is that they are all based in the area.

“We try to stay local,” Olson said.

Lunch will be available for a small fee as well, courtesy of local caterer Pam’s Salsa, and there will be live music throughout the afternoon as well, provided by the popular Fargo-area band Tucker’d Out.

“They’re getting quite well known for playing grape stomps,” Aguirre joked (the band also played at last year’s festival).

The Grape Stomp itself gets underway at 3:30 p.m., and continues until 4:30 p.m.; cost to register is $20 per two-person team (which includes admission to the festival). Teams must check in and pay the fee by 2:30 p.m. to reserve their spot in the competition.

“We’ve had a lot of people sign up already, so we’re probably going to do four heats of four (two-person) teams,” Aguirre said.

Of course, guests will also have the opportunity to sample some of Richwood Winery’s finest vintages — including two varieties, Frontenac Rosé and Lady Sipper, which won bronze medals at the International Cold Climate Wine Competition, held Aug. 16 at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis.

“And for the first time, we’re offering wine produced with grapes from our own vineyard,” said Aguirre, referring to the Estate Marquette that’s available at the winery for the first time this season.

All in all, Aguirre said, “We’re pretty happy with how our wine turned out this year.”

Be sure to sample some while you’re there.

On your way to or from the Grape Stomp, or anytime this weekend, why not swing by Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge to view some of the region’s best scenery?

Those who enjoy photography might also want to try their hand at Tamarac’s annual Photo Contest; entries are still being accepted through Friday, Sept. 13. Visit the website,, for details.

Saturday evening’s entertainment is highlighted by the live “No Mercy” MMA cage fights being presented at Detroit Lakes’ Kent Freeman Arena, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The fight card will feature Minnesota’s No. 4 ranked heavyweight, Frazee native Brian Heden, as he faces South Minneapolis’ Shane Deezee. Frazee’s Kyler Wegner will also be in the ring for his second professional MMA fight, as he will be pitted against Davanta Nun, also from Minneapolis.

Frazee’s Zach Sullinger and Kody Sorenson will also be on the card. North Dakota State University’s Anthony Caputo will be in action, along with Alexandria’s Ben Anderson and Shane Nelson.

This is a Pro-Am card, sanctioned by the Minnesota State Combative Commission. Floor tickets will be $25 in advance and $30 at the door, while general admission will be $15 in advance and $20 that evening. For tickets, call 218-298-2413.

On Sunday, Shady Hollow Flea Market, located just a short drive south of Detroit Lakes off Highway 59, will be open for its final weekend of the season, starting at 6:30 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m.

This is a vendor appreciation event to celebrate a successful season, so any area vendor is invited to bring their wares and set up for the day, free of charge.

Shady Hollow offers fresh produce of the season, jewelry, clothing, antiques and more. Call 602-809-6661 for more information, or visit

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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