In a pre-pandemic world, this past Thursday night, July 9, would have marked the opening of the 2020 Northwest Water Carnival — but the water carnival, like most lakes area events this summer, has been canceled, so the Detroit Lakes Jaycees decided to host a smaller, family-oriented Community Night instead.

Chalk drawing, face painting, a bean bag tournament and live music from Mike Hokanson all played a part in the mini-celebration, which took place in the Detroit Lakes City Park and City Beach adjacent to the Pavilion.

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