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Happenings around the lakes area, July 27-Aug. 7

All the upcoming events and gatherings in the Detroit Lakes area.

Frazee's annual Turkey Days celebration includes two staples: The demolition derby (pictured) and the parade. Both are scheduled for Sunday, July 31 this year, with hte parade starting at 2 p.m. and the demolition derby at 3:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, July 27

M State Blood Drive: Come to the commons area at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes and help save a life by donating blood between 9:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. To schedule an appointment please contact Angie at 218-846-3780, or go online to donors.vitalant.org and use the blood drive code, "DETROITLAKES."

Becker County Fair: Entry Day at the Becker County Fair includes rabbit and poultry judging, Foltz Arena, 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. respectively; free Big Tent performances from Juggler Magician Steve Russell at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.; bingo at 3 p.m.; swine show at Foltz Arena at 5:30 p.m.; sand volleyball near the grandstands at 6 p.m.; live music from Retro Cowboy, 7 p.m., Big Tent; button drawings, Big Tent, 9:45 p.m. Carnival midway and commercial buildings open at 5 p.m. Full schedule online at beckercountyfair.com .

Open Acoustic Jam: Bring your acoustic instruments and go to the Detroit Lakes Public Library on the fourth Wednesday of every month for an unplugged jam session, starting at 5 p.m.

Music Man Jr.: Area youth who signed up for the summer theater camp at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre will be presenting a final live performance of "Music Man Jr." on the theater's main stage at 7 p.m. Open to the public. This is a makeup date for two previously scheduled shows, so all tickets for the July 22-23 performances will be honored. Ticket info at dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html .


Thursday, July 28

Becker County Fair: Senior Citizens Day at the Becker County Fair includes the 4-H sheep show, lamb lead and market goat show at Foltz Arena, 8 a.m.; 4-H, FFA and open class beef show, Foltz Arena, 10;30 a.m. (time approximate); accordion player Ethel May Duenow, Big Tent, 12 p.m.; Outstanding Senior awards program, 1 p.m., Big Tent; live music from The Haymakers, Big Tent, 1:30 and 7 p.m.; bingo at 3 p.m.; tractor pull, 7 p.m., grandstands; button drawings 9:45 p.m. under the Big Tent. Carnival midway and commercial building open at 11 a.m. Full schedule online at beckercountyfair.com .

Lakes Area Youth Track Meet: Youth Track Meet for all area athletes age 14 and under. Age divisions are under 5; 5-6; 7-8; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14. Unlimited entry for field events including standing long jump and softball throw, running events including 50m (up to age 10), 100m, 400m, 800m (ages 6-8 only), 1600m (ages 9-14). Ribbons for top eight finishers in each event. T-shirts for the first 150 athletes. Light concessions and Wood Fire Pizza food truck will be available.

Sea Creature Art: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 2 p.m. for a free Summer Library Experience featuring splatter painting of sea creatures, using "anything other than a paintbrush."

Trucks and Tunes: The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club is sponsoring an evening of food, fun and live music at the Detroit Lakes City Park, starting at 5 p.m. A variety of food trucks will be gathered in the parking lot until 8 p.m., serving up a host of summer favorites, while over at the bandshell, Matt Aakre will be performing. Admission is free, though the cost of food may vary from truck to truck.

Friday, July 29

Food Truck Fridays: Hosted by Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary, Food Truck Fridays will take place every Friday through Sept. 2 at Detroit Lakes City Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Food trucks on site may change; event will be held rain or shine.

Intrepid Adventure Film Festival: The 2nd Annual Intrepid Adventure Film Festival will be held at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., adventure sports-themed films start at 5 p.m., live music on the beach starts approximately 9 p.m. Special guests include a polar explorer, Olympic skiing medalist, professional skiers, climbers, filmmakers and more. Spanky's food truck and two bars available on site throughout the day. For tickets and more information, go to intrepidfilmfestival.com .

Becker County Fair: Kids Day at the Becker County Fair includes the 4-H horse show at 8 a.m. in the horse arena; 4-H, FFA and open class dairy goat show, 8:30 a.m. at Foltz Arena; 4-H, FFA and open class dairy show, 10 a.m. at Foltz Arena; "Wizard of Oz" show with Oz Brothers Jeff Kortman and Tom Hendricks, 1 p.m., 3:15 and 5 p.m. under the Big Tent; storytime with the 4-H Book Club, 1:30 p.m. behind the fair office; kids' fun games with the 4-H Ambies, 2 p.m. behind the fair office; bingo at 3 p.m.; automotive barrel racing 6 p.m. and demolition derby starting at approximately 7:30 p.m., in the grandstands; livem usic from Slapping Skeeters under the Big Tent, 7 p.m.; button drawings 9:45 p.m. under the Big Tent. Carnival midway and commercial building open at 11 a.m. Full schedule online at beckercountyfair.com .

Saturday, July 30

Cornhole Tournament: Detroit Lakes VFW Post 1676 will be hosting a cornhole tournament starting at 2 p.m. Cash prizes, drawings, and drink specials, including a raffle to win a set of custom-made cornhole boards.


Becker County Fair: Family Day at the Becker County Fair includes the Market Auction Bidders Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., 4-H Kitchen; 4-H and FFA Round Robin Showmanship Contest, 8:30 a.m., Foltz Arena; Becker County Fair Tractor Parade, departing 10:30 a.m. from Adkins Equipment and proceeding south and west through Detroit Lakes, toward the fairgrounds; Fair and Farm Awards, 11:30 a.m., Big Tent; 4-H Fashion Revue, 12:30 p.m., Big Tent; ventriloquist James Wedgewood, Big Tent (1:30, 3:30 and 5 p.m.); 4-H Performing Arts Show, 2:30 p.m., Big Tent; bingo opens, 3 p.m.; 4-H Fun Night, Foltz Arena, 7 p.m.; Demolition Derby, grandstands, 7 p.m.; live music with Mike Hokanson, 7:30 p.m., Big Tent; button drawings 9:45 p.m., Big Tent. Open class and commercial buildings open at 11 a.m., carnival midway at 1 p.m. Full schedule online at beckercountyfair.com .

First Baptist Church Celebration: Detroit Lakes' First Baptist Church celebrates its 150th anniversary with live music from Paul Family Bluegrass, ice cream treats and fellowship, starting at 6 p.m. on the church lawn (bring your own lawn chairs, please). Call 218-847-4571 or visit dlfirstbaptistchurch.com .

Sunday, July 31

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, wildlife-themed movie, "The Mighty Weasel," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Rigged with over 50 cameras an English garden gives rare insight into the dramatic life of a mother weasel as she tries to raise her first family. New science uncovers the problem-solving abilities of the honey badger, the secrets behind the ferret’s legendary flexibility and the wolverine’s remarkable sense of smell. All are welcome; movie lasts 50 minutes.

Community Worship Service: Detroit Lakes' New Hope Church will host an outdoor worship service at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Hot dogs and refreshments served after the service, which is open to the public. Questions? Call Pastor Zachary Priddy, 218-234-2017.

Music and Worship: Dan and Merilee Ottoson will be sharing their music and word at Lund Lutheran Church, 25213 County Highway 21, Detroit Lakes.

Monday, August 1

Ask a 'Techspert': Do you have a phone, tablet, laptop, iPad, Kindle or other device that you’re struggling to use? Visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., at 4 p.m. to learn more about your device, plus learn how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks free of charge.

Tuesday, August 2

Tuesdays in the Park: Local singer-songwriter Tim Eggebraaten performs live as part of Detroit Lakes' Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series at 7 p.m. under the City Park Bandshell. Picnic hosted by Fuller Center for Housing starts at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so bring your own blankets or chairs. Admission is a free will donation; all proceeds from the picnic benefit Fuller Center's local housing projects, while donations for the concert go to support the artists.

Wednesday, August 3

Writers Group: Writers and prospective writers seeking encouragement, feedback and collaboration are welcome to join the Detroit Lakes Public Library's Writers' Group, which meets at the library at 3 p.m.


Thursday, August 4

Storytime and Book Signing-Lisa Seljevold: Join local author Lisa Seljevold as she reads her new book, "My Two Dads," and answers questions. Then you get to be the author as you create your own mini book. Copies of Seljevold's book will be available for sale and a book signing after the reading. Open to the public.

Friday, August 5

Food Truck Fridays: Hosted by Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary, Food Truck Fridays will take place every Friday through Sept. 2 at Detroit Lakes City Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Food trucks on site may change; event will be held rain or shine.

Saturday, August 6

Free Movie: A free screening of the family movie "Sing 2" will take place at 10 a.m. in Cinemagic 7 Theatres, Detroit Lakes. Concessions open at 9:30 a.m. Open to the public.

Bible Reading Marathon: The 7th Annual Bible Reading Marathon will take place at Detroit Lakes' City Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. No pre-registration required; just show up, register and start reading. Those who sign up will receive a free gift while supplies last. Open to the public.

Family Storytime: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.) at 10:30 a.m. for a family storytime session.

Free Family Bike Ride: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will host a free bike riding event for area families, sponsored by LAMBAT (Lakes Area Mountain Biking Alliance and Trails), starting at 9 a.m. if you would like to sign up for a free rental bike (adult and child sizes available, courtesy of the Detroit Lakes school district), 9:30 a.m. if you're bringing your own bike. Session starts out with basic coaching and riding on the skills park and then progresses into the single track trails for anyone interested in trying them out. If you can ride a bike on pavement, you can mountain bike with some practice! No cost to attend, but this event isn't intended for those who do not already know how to ride.

Sunday, August 7

Knights Pancake Breakfast: The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a pancake/French toast and sausage breakfast in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, wildlife-themed movie, "Pollen Nation," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Follow the journey of a commercial beekeeper from the honey harvest on the high plains to the warm winter feeding grounds of California. Learn why honeybees and numerous species of native bees are in serious decline and how it’s affecting our dinner table and that of wildlife. All are welcome; movie lasts 25 minutes.

Tamarac's "Dynamic Duo" Presentation: Join insect enthusiast and nature photographer David Israel and Park Ranger James Kawlewski for "Dynamic Duo: Insects and Flowers," an exploration into the relationship between flowers and pollinators. Learn to identify insects through fantastic photography and out in the field. Discover how this dynamic duo provides food for animals and people. Learn how you can support pollinators in your own back yard. Free native plant seeds available. Meet at 2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Frazee Turkey Days: Frazee's annual Turkey Days celebration takes place July 28-31. Thursday events include both bingo and purse bingo, history walks and a kickoff party; Friday events include live music, a sand castle competition, variety show, family night at Harvest Church, pizza, pitchers and puzzles at the Frazee Liquor Store, and live music at the VFW; Saturday highlights include a Turkey Trot, biscuits and gravy breakfast, street fair, kids' fishing contest, junior king and queen contest, car show, salad luncheon, bean bag tournament, road rally, turkey bowling, soap box derby, turkey bingo, boko walk, kids' pecal tractor pull, water fights and Miss Frazee Pageant; Sunday festivities include a tractor show, bike show, community outdoor worship service, turkey luncheon, parade and demolition derby.

WE Fest: Country music and camping festival returns to Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch for a three-day run, Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 4-6. Headliners are Jason Aldean (Thursday), Miranda Lambert (Friday) and Luke Bryan (Saturday). Ticket and camping packages available at wefest.com .

Saturday Critter Tales: Every Saturday through Sept. 3, join resident volunteer Sandi Wicklund at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge for some fascinating personal stories about wildlife encounters during her many seasons at refuges throughout the country. Learn about wildlife viewing etiquette and find out the best places to view wildlife at Tamararc. All ages welcome. Meet at 1 p.m. by the Tamarack tree in front of the visitor center for this 45 minute program.

Live Music: Tim Eggebraaten, July 29, Long Bridge, 6 p.m.; Front Fenders, July 29, Hotel Shoreham, 9 p.m.; Mike Gilson, July 30, Richwood Winery, 4-6 p.m.; The Unmentionables, July 30, Detroit Lakes VFW Post 1676, 7 p.m.; R and R, July 30, Long Bridge, 6 p.m.; Island Time, July 31, Long Bridge, 2 p.m.; Old School, Aug. 6, Richwood Winery, 4-6 p.m.; Island Time, July 31, Long Bridge, 2 p.m.

Salvation Army School Supplies: Free school supplies for Becker County families in need, available Monday through Friday, July 25-29, call 218-398-3463 or 320-372-2135 to get registered and for more information.

Wild Wednesdays: Every Wednesday through Aug. 31, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will be offering two sessions of "Wild Wednesdays," at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Explore the world of Nature with your child during this hour-long adventure for 3-7 year-olds. Listen to a story, go for a hike, make a craft. There's a different topic every week! Space is limited, so pre-registration required for these free programs. Sign up online at signup.com/go/EqAHxEw , or check Tamarac's Facebook page for the link.

Lakes Area Farmers Market: The Lakes Area Farmers Market will be open every Tuesday and Saturday this summer from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Detroit Lakes' Peoples Park. All are welcome.

Shady Hollow Flea Market: Detroit Lakes' Shady Hollow Flea Market will be open every Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 4, plus Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day), and Saturdays on Sept. 10, 17 and 24 as well. Visit shadyhollowfleamarket.com or call 602-809-6661 for more information.

Plant, Pest and Gardening Clinics: To help answer your questions and provide helpful ideas for your trees, shrubs, home gardens and lawns, the Becker County Extension Service hosts plant, pest and gardening clinics by the Becker County Master Gardeners every Monday (May through September) and Friday (June through August) from 9 a.m. to noon at the Extension office. Stop by the Clinics with your questions and problems. The Becker County Extension Office is located at 1120 8th St. SE Detroit Lakes; for more information, call 218-846-7328 (Ext. 7105).

DL Cloggers: The DL Cloggers meet to dance and socialize every Tuesday (excluding holidays) at 1 p.m. in the basement of Detroit Lakes VFW Post 1676. No prior dance experience necessary. For more information, call Ruby at 218-847-7741.

HR Connect: The Detroit Lakes Chamber is hosting an opportunity for human resources professionals, business owners and managers to connect, every first Thursday of the month at 8:15 a.m. at the Chamber office at 700 Summit Ave. Discuss human resource topics, share best practices and review data to help attract, retain and grow the workforce for the lakes region. Event is free for Chamber members, $10 for non-members.

Library Storytime: The Detroit Lakes Public Library offers weekly storytime sessions every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join library staff for stories, flannel boards, finger plays, songs and more. This early literacy experience explores a different theme each week and is a way to encourage young children to enjoy reading; sometimes held outdoors during the summer months, weather permitting. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Baby Bounce: Songs, stories, and action poems for infants, toddlers and their caregivers are offered every Monday at the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Program runs about a half hour including playtime and chatting with other caregivers. For ages 0-18 months. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Detroit Lakes Alano Club meets at 827 Summit Ave. on the following days and times: Sundays at 1 p.m., 12x12 open meeting; Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Big Book open meeting; Wednesdays at noon, Grapevine open meeting; Wednesdays at 6 p.m., women's open meeting; Thursdays at 7 p.m., Intro to AA open meeting; Saturdays at 7 a.m., men's open meeting; Saturdays at 9 a.m., Women's Big Book closed meeting; Saturdays at 8 p.m., open topic meeting. There are no dues or fees for meetings. For more information, call 218-844-9970 or the District 3 AA Helpline at 877-833-2327.

Overeaters Anonymous: A 12-step program for those who struggle in their relationship with food. The OA Serenity Group meets Tuesdays at noon at Detroit Lakes' Holy Rosary Catholic Church (1043 Lake Ave.); use the south parking lot entrance. The Freedom From Bondage OA Group meets Sundays at 6 p.m. at the Community Alliance Church, 408 West Elm St., Detroit Lakes. Use the east door.

Lake Country Woodcarvers: At the Holmes Art Cellar every Tuesday from 1-4 p.m. Bring woodcarvings to show and/or take part in a free woodworking session. Pattern books and other resources available for checkout. No cost to participate. Call Dale Wavra at 701-371-5204 for more information.

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