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The Aho farm, located just outside Snellman, has been in the family since Jerry Aho's grandparents purchased it in 1917. They've been milking dairy cows and raising calves there almost as long. "Jerry's grandpa and grandma bought this place 100 years ago," says his wife, Cyndy Aho. "Someone's been milking cows here all those years." At this year's Becker County Fair in Detroit Lakes, the Ahos were honored with Century Farm status — an achievement reserved for those families that have maintained continuous ownership of their farms for a century or more.
The WE Fest crowd was ready to have a good time on the final day of the 2018 festival, as evidenced by all the dancing, singing and cheering going on during the performances of Josh Turner, Chris Young and Jason Aldean. And the performers joined in on the fun — Aldean even chugging a beer toward the end of his 90-minute set, which closed out the 36th annual WE Fest in style.
"Who came here to rock on a Friday night?" Pretty much everyone, if the enthusiastic crowd that filled the concert bowl at WE Fest for Florida Georgia Line's set is any indication. The country music festival's Friday headliners proceeded to do just that, roaring through party anthems like "Anything Goes," "It'z Just What We Do" and "Round Here" to start off their 85-minute set.
From hearing those "Church Bells" ringing to finding salvation from "Something in the Water," Carrie Underwood kept WE Fest fans riveted throughout a 21-song (including two encores) setlist Thursday, as the opening night headliner for the 36-year-old country music festival. Underwood drew from an impressive catalog of No. 1 songs during her 90-minute set, pulling out early chart-toppers like 2005's "Jesus Take the Wheel" and 2007's "So Small" alongside her most recent hits — the Winter Olympics and Super Bowl anthem,"The Champion" and the emotionally raw "Cry Pretty."
It's something no one really wants to think about, but with active shooter situations at public schools, shopping malls, movie theaters, even music concerts and summer festivals on the rise, knowing how to respond when an armed gunman comes through the front door – or a sniper takes aim from above – is something that many public officials are beginning to take all too seriously.
Back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, assemblies known as chautauquas were a popular form of entertainment in communities across the United States, and the village of Detroit — which later became the city of Detroit Lakes — was no exception. Early next month, the University of Minnesota Extension, Pelican River Watershed District, Becker County Museum, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Becker Soil and Water Conservation District, Historic Holmes Theatre and RMB Labs are joining forces to bring this tradition back to Detroit Lakes on Thursday, Aug. 9.
Frazee's 64th annual Turkey Days celebration started off with a big splash Friday afternoon at the Town Lake city park, as an even dozen of the area's finest canine athletes showed off their jumping skills at the festival's first-ever Puppy Plunge. After two qualifying rounds and a final jump involving the event's seven finalists (two pups tied for sixth place in the qualifiers), it was golden retriever Copper and his handler Dane who claimed the first place prize with leaps of 14, 18 and 17 feet.
Every year since 1973, the Becker County Fair has honored two county residents as the county's outstanding seniors — but this year, they decided to expand on that a little. After announcing that Ogema resident Fran Mattson and Cormorant Lakes area resident Rick Julian as this year's award recipients, the program's emcee, Cynthia McDonough of Mahube-Otwa Community Action, announced that the competition between two of the nominees, Julian and Detroit Lakes resident Don Sayer, had been so close that they decided to make Sayer an honorary third recipient.
For 125 years now, the Becker County Fair has been a beloved summer tradition.
Despite an unusually long, bitterly cold winter — or maybe, in part, because of it — Detroit Lakes visitors and residents alike have indulged in plenty of eating, drinking and making merry so far this year.