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Happenings around the lakes area, July 31-Aug. 10

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

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WE Fest 2022 opens this week with a Main Stage lineup that includes headliners Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan along with 12 other acts, including Tanya Tucker, Clay Walker, Chris Janson and more. A limited number of single-day, general admission tickets went on sale this week. The festival will take place Aug. 4-6 at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch.
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The Detroit Lakes Tribune accepts community calendar items for publication online and, space permitting, in our Wednesday and Sunday print editions. Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either dltribune@dlnewspapers.com or vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com. Each submission must include the date, time and location of event, and where to go for more information (phone, email and/or website). Also include whether the event is free or paid admission, and how much it costs when applicable.

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 .

Frazee Turkey Days: Frazee will be hosting a full slate of Turkey Days activities, including a biscuits and gravy breakfast, 7:30 a.m.; the Dolores Smith Memorial Turkey Trot, 9:15 a.m.; street fair, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; kids fishing contest at Town Lake, 8 a.m.; junior king and queen contest, 10 a.m.; Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show in the Event Center parking lot, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; salad luncheon, 11 a.m.; Road Rally, 11:30 a.m.; bean bag tournament, turkey bowling and soap box derby, all starting at noon; frozen t-shirt contest, 12:30 p.m.; turkey bingo, 1-4 p.m.; book walk, 12:45 p.m.; kids' pedal tractor pull, 1:30 p.m.; turkey drop, 3:30 p.m.; spaghetti supper, 4:30-7 p.m.; water fights, 5:30 p.m.; Miss Frazee Pageant, 7 p.m.; street dance, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; and fireworks at dusk by the new Frazee water tower.

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

Frazee Turkey Days: The final day of Frazee's Turkey Days celebration starts with a tractor show, 9 a.m.-noon, and continues with an ABATE of Minnesota bike show, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; outdoor community worship service, 10 a.m.; turkey luncheon, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; pet and doll parade, 1:15 p.m.; Turkey Days Grand Parade, 2 p.m., with ice cream social to follow at the Event Center; demolition derby, 3:30 p.m.; and karaoke at the VFW, 6-10 p.m.

Shoreham Chapel Concert: Renee Fuchs and the Granders will be performing an outdoor concert at Shoreham Chapel in rural Detroit Lakes, starting at 10:45 a.m. All are welcome.

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, during the 9:30 a.m. service. All are welcome.

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

Welcome to Detroit Lakes: The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, 700 Summit Ave., will host a free "Welcome to Detroit Lakes" event for new and returning local residents at 4 p.m. Learn about events, resources and information you can use to help "get connected" with the community.

Tuesdays in the Park: The Ulen Centennial Band 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 from 10:30to 11 a.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. Attendees will also be able to create their own mini book. Copies of Seljevold's book will be available for sale and a book signing after the reading. Open to the public.

Becker County Republicans: The monthly meeting of the Becker County Republicans will take place at American Legion Post 15, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes, starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

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.

Shoreham Chapel Music and Worship: The Gomps Family will be performing as part of worship services at Shoreham Chapel in rural Detroit Lakes, starting at 10:45 a.m. All are welcome.

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.

Tuesday, August 9

Crazy Daze: The Detroit Lakes downtown business community and Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Craze Daze from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Food trucks, small business vendors, and downtown retailers will be taking to the street on Washington Avenue for a day of sidewalk sales, food specials and fun. Call 218-847-9202 for more information.

Teen Writers Group: Teens interested in pursuing writing are invited to join this group at 4 p.m. for inspiration and support. Grab a snack, do a writing prompt, learn writing tips, and hear feedback from your peers. Group meets at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. All area teens are welcome.

Tuesdays in the Park: Doc & the Scrubs will perform 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 10

Cruise DL Night: Head down to the Detroit Lakes City Park from 4-8:30 p.m. to see a wide array of vintage vehicles. No registration fee; all classic cars welcome. Visit facebook.com/cruisedlnight for more information.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

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 .

WE Fest Shuttle: The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce will be running shuttle buses to the WE Fest grounds and back into Detroit Lakes during all three days of the festival, Aug. 4-6 from 12 noon to 2 a.m. Shuttle users can take advantage of free day parking at the Becker County Fairgrounds while using the service. Cost is $10 for one day or $25 for a 3-day pass; there is no limit to the amount of rides you can take each day.

Vacation Bible School: Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church, 12986 Co. Hwy. 15, Detroit Lakes will be hosting a "Monumental" Vacation Bible School for area youth ages 4-12, Aug. 7-11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each evening.

Book Sale: The Becker County Friends of the Library will host a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both Aug. 9-10 at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. A wide variety of books, movies and other materials, for all ages, will be available for purchase; cost is a free will offering, with proceeds going to support Friends of the Library projects in the community.

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: Front Fenders, July 29, Hotel Shoreham, 9 p.m.; Mike Gilson, July 30, Richwood Winery, 4-6 p.m.; Tim Eggebraaten, July 30, Long Bridge, 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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