For the second straight year, the Memorial Day parade in Detroit Lakes will not be happening on Monday — but most other events set for the weekend of May 28-31 will be going on as planned.
Food Truck Fridays will continue at the Detroit Lakes City Park this Friday, May 28, with area food trucks serving up summer favorites from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no admission fee, but the cost of food will vary from truck to truck. This event will be held every Friday from now through Sept. 3, rain or shine.
Friday is also setup day for the Avenue of Flags at Oak Grove Cemetery, just north of Detroit Lakes off Highway 59. Local veterans and other volunteers will be setting up the flags between 8 a.m.-4 p.m., so organizers are asking that traffic at the cemetery be restricted during that time. The flags will remain on display until the morning of Tuesday, June 1. There is no cost to come view the flags, which will be distributed throughout the cemetery.
That evening, Frazee-Vergas VFW Post 7702 will be hosting live Karaoke with host Matt B., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Cash drawings will be held during the festivities, but no actual singing talent is required.
Detroit Lakes High School will be holding its commencement festivities for the Class of 2021 at Mollberg Field on Saturday, May 29 at 2:30 p.m. The football field gates will open at 1:30 p.m. Contrary to guidance issued earlier this week, no masks will be required for spectators or participants this year, and there is no restriction on crowd size.
Also on Saturday, Eagles Aerie 2342 will be hosting its annual Lupus Motorcycle Ride. Registration starts at 11 a.m. in the Eagles Club at 112 W. Holmes St., Detroit Lakes. Motorcycles will depart from in front of the club promptly at noon. Cost is $20 per driver and $10 per passenger. Participants are welcome to meet back at the club following the ride for a celebratory dinner, featuring door prizes and more. Call the Eagles Club at 218-847-5267 for more information.
Richwood Winery, located just west of the village of Richwood, will host its first Music in the Vineyard event of the season on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be a bonus day of live music on Sunday, May 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. Featured performers will be Dan Holt on Saturday and Mike Morse on Sunday. Reservations are encouraged, but not necessary. Outdoor seating is available in the vineyard (depending on weather), and indoor seating is also available. Call to make a reservation at 218-844-5990.
Also on Sunday, the Detroit Lakes Skatepark Association will be hosting a Memorial Weekend Skate Jam starting at 1 p.m. Grilled food, including vegan options, will also be available. Eddie Hudson and Unspoken Notion will DJ the event with free giveaways, and other prize opportunities, throughout the afternoon. Other non-skater activities will include: Tug-O-War, limbo and booty boarding.
Monday, May 31 is the big day, and there will be several events happening despite the lack of a parade this year.
Members of Ogema VFW Post 9880 and Auxiliary, along with members of the White Earth Veterans’ Association, will be visiting area cemeteries on the following schedule: Assemble at Ogema VFW Hall, 7:30 a.m.; visit St. Columba’s Episcopal Cemetery, White Earth, 8:15 a.m.; Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, White Earth, 8:30 a.m.; Assembly of God Cemetery, White Earth, 8:40 a.m.; Calvary Catholic Cemetery, White Earth, 8:50 a.m.; Aura Finnish Cemetery, Goat Ranch Road, 9:15 a.m.; Callaway Cemetery, Callaway, 10 a.m.; Ogema City Cemetery, Ogema, 10:30 a.m.; Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery, Ogema, 10:35 a.m.; Waubun City Cemetery, Waubun, 11:15 a.m.; St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery, Waubun, 11:30 a.m.; Lake Grove Cemetery, 12 noon.
A half-hour program will be presented at Veterans Memorial Park in Detroit Lakes, starting at 10:30 a.m. The festivities will begin with the presenting of the colors by the Lake Region Veterans Color Guard, and end with a 21-gun salute and playing of the song "Taps."
A light lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Egelund Church, located 10 miles north of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road and 4.5 miles east on Becker County Road 26. Free will donations will be used for upkeep of the church and cemetery. Everyone is welcome to attend.