Though summer is definitely on the wane, with August more than half over, the fun's not done just yet — at least not for the Lakes Area Parrot Heads, who will be hosting their biggest party of the season, in the form of back-to-back events benefiting local nonprofits this coming Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23-24.

The local Parrot Heads will be launching maCAWS for PAWS and Boats & Bars. Though the emphasis is on summer fun for both events, they will be benefiting the Marshmallow Foundation and the Becker County Food Pantry, respectively.

Macaws for Paws

Animal lovers will want to circle Aug. 23 on their calendars, as the Parrot Heads will be hosting their seventh annual fundraiser for the Marshmallow Foundation, an animal shelter and adoption shelter at 1478 Mallard St. in Detroit Lakes.

The Macaws for Paws celebration gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Friday inside Zorbaz, at 402 West Lake Drive, and continues through a 9 p.m. raffle drawing — with the first prize being a $1,300 travel voucher from Travel Travel to book the vacation destination of your choice.

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Though there will not be a live band, Radio Margaritaville will be playing plenty of lively trop-rock music, and there will be a silent auction including a large selection of gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses, pet-themed gift baskets, musical memorabilia and more, all leading up to the raffle drawing.

“You do not need to be present to win,” said Jim Brogren, president of Lakes Area Parrot Heads.

Raffle tickets are $5 each, and may be purchased at the Marshmallow Foundation or from any Parrot Heads member.

"We'll also be out selling tickets in front of Zorbaz this Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.," Brogren added.

For more information about the Marshmallow Foundation, visit

Boats & Bars XIV

The Parrot Heads’ annual party on the lake, set for Aug. 24, has been going on for 14 years now, taking over the sandbar between Big and Little Detroit lakes for 4-5 hours — though the fun starts a little earlier than that.

“The Parrot Heads will be out in front of Zorbaz selling tickets at 10 a.m.,” Brogren said, noting that those who don’t have their own watercraft can inquire about grabbing an open space on one of the boats heading out to the Sandbar Stage, which as the name implies, will be set up on the sandbar bridging Big and Little Detroit.

The live music starts at noon, with local band Island Time, followed by Tim Eggebraaten at 2 p.m. Each will play for approximately two hours. In case of rain, both performances will be moved to the American Legion.

"Island Time has been with us from the first year," Brogren said. "Tim Eggebraaten has never played Boats & Bars before. We're excited to have him."

At 3:30 p.m., the fun shifts to a new location once again, as Mary Cutrufello takes the stage at the Long Bridge Bar, Grill & Marina (2000 Long Bridge Road). She will play until approximately 5 p.m.

And finally, the Holiday Inn Beach Bar will be hosting another performance by Island Time, starting at 5:30 p.m.

"New this year, we will be giving away a Mercury boat motor," Brogren said. Each ticket purchased for Boats & Bars will be placed in a drawing to determine the winner of the prize.

Speaking of which, tickets are $15 per person, and will include a complimentary beverage at all four of the event's participating bars: The American Legion, Zorbaz, Long Bridge and Holiday Inn.

“We couldn’t do this without them, or any of our other sponsors," Brogren said.

Those other sponsors include Kona Brewing Company, DS Brewery of Moorhead and J & K Marina, which will be providing both the stage at the sandbar and a pontoon to transport the musicians to and from the stage.

The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit

Also next weekend

  • The 38th Annual Muscatell Ojibwe Forests Rally will once again bring the excitement of road racing to Detroit Lakes and surrounding communities Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 21-24. The fun officially kicks off with the Parc Expose at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area on Thursday, which runs from 8 to 10 p.m. Race stages will start at Detroit Mountain, then wind through the Paul Bunyan and Itasca forests, before heading to the Becker County Fairgrounds on Saturday and finishing up at Detroit Mountain, where the awards ceremony will take place at approximately 7:45 p.m. To see the race schedule and event maps, go to

  • Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre summer camp participants will be presenting two performances of “Pinocchio” Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23-24, at the Historic Holmes Theatre. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more information contact the Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-7469, visit the website at, or stop by in person at 806 Summit Ave.

  • ShelterFest, the longest running and biggest annual fundraising event for the Humane Society of the Lakes, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24. This year’s festivities will include live music by Todd Sisson, a silent auction, games of chance and raffle drawings, all taking place at Hotel Shoreham from 4 to 8 p.m. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly to the care of the animals at the HSL shelter in Detroit Lakes. Admission is free. For more information, call 218-847-0511 or email

  • The Lake Park Liquor Store will be hosting a Firemen's Street Dance and customer appreciation event all day Saturday, in celebration of the liquor store's 50th anniversary. Live music by Tripwire, bean bag toss competitions and other activities will take place throughout the day. For more information call 218-238-5888.