Monday night at the Northwest Water Carnival: 'X-treme' tippy cup, pageantry, beach soccer and trivia

The Detroit Lakes City Park, Beach and Pavilion were unusually busy on Monday night, July 12, as the fourth day of the community's 85th Northwest Water Carnival brought beach soccer, a junior prince and princess pageant, tippy cup and trivia.

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Five-year-old Laney Martin (center) was crowned as "Little Miss Northwest" — aka Junior Northwest Water Carnival Princess — on Monday night at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. Martin was one of 14 competitors for the crown, with 7-year-old Ashtin Wilson being crowned as prince. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

The weekend may be over, but that doesn't mean Detroit Lakes' 85th Northwest Water Carnival is slowing down: Monday night at the City Park, Beach and Pavilion brought nice crowds for a full evening of activities that included a Junior Water Carnival Pageant, 'Xtreme' Tippy Cup competition, beach soccer and trivia contest.

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Ashtin Wilson waves to the crowd after being crowned as Junior Northwest Water Carnival Prince at the conclusion of Monday night's Junior Pageant at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. Laney Martin was crowned as junior princess. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

Fourteen candidates between ages 5-7 threw their hats in the ring to be crowned this year's water carnival prince and princess, with 7-year-old Ashtin Wilson and 5-year-old Laney Martin taking home the crowns. A crowd of proud parents, siblings and assorted well-wishers gathered in the Pavilion to cheer on the contestants throughout, then all enjoyed a post-pageant snack of cupcakes and lemonade.

Meanwhile, in the City Park, eight teams fought their way through a double-elimination 'X-Treme' Tippy Cup Competition, with the foursome known as the Tipsters — former NDSU classmates Nick and Jessica Edwards, Vanessa Heil and Shelby Foltz — taking home the title.


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X-treme Tippy Cup champs the Tipsters — (from left) Vanessa Heil, Shelby Foltz, Nick Edwards and Jessica Edwards — kicked up their heels in celebration after taking home the grand prize from Monday night's Northwest Water Carnival competition at the City Park. The foursome took home tickets for WE Fest, Moondance Jam, Bash on the Beach and a home game of the Minnesota Twins baseball team. A total of eight 4-person teams competed in the double-elimination tournament. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

"We just made it up on the way (to register for the competition)," said Heil of the team's name.

In addition to regular rounds of tippy cup, each four-person team also had to work their way through "X-treme" challenges, such as rolling giant dice to come up with four pairs of the same number; diving into a pile of whipped cream on a plate to secure a gummy worm in their teeth; and blowing up, then popping balloons through teamwork, without using their hands.

The tippy cup winners took home some nice prizes, including VIP tickets to WE Fest (two) and Moondance Jam (two), along with four tickets to a Minnesota Twins home game and tickets to this weekend's Bash on the Beach.

Local nonprofit Stomp that Stigma was also a beneficiary of the tippy cup action; $400 in proceeds from the event went to support the organization.

Northwest Water Carnival X-treme Tippy Cup champions the Tipsters, on the right, took on the Tip or Die team in the final round of Monday night's competition. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)


Meanwhile, over on the City Beach, dozens of soccer players kicked up some dust with a little Beach Soccer, and trivia enthusiasts competed for fun and prizes inside the Pavilion.

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A beach soccer competition was held on the Detroit Lakes City Beach Monday night as part of the 85th Northwest Water Carnival. Boys and girls of all ages took part in the competition. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

The Northwest Water Carnival continues tonight (Tuesday) with the Junior Tug-O-War and adult Tug-O-War, starting at 7 p.m. on the City Beach (registration is at 6 p.m.). Also at 7 p.m., over in the City Park Bandshell, Doc & the Scrubs will be playing some big band dance music for the water carnival's annual Dance on Detroit, which doubles as this week's Tuesdays in the Park performance. The local chapter of Fuller Center for Housing (formerly Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity) will also be grilling up some hamburgers, brats and hot dogs starting at 5:30 p.m. in the city park shelter, with proceeds going to support local building projects.

A complete schedule of Northwest Water Carnival activities can be found at .

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