The final weekend of Detroit Lakes' 84th Northwest Water Carnival is gonna rock.
Smash Mouth will headline the water carnival's 2019 Bash on the Beach on Saturday, July 20.
Eve6 ("Inside Out," "Here's to the Night") will open for the chart-topping band known for such hits as "All Star" and "Can't Get Enough of You Baby."
Hairball will also be returning to headline the Bash on the Beach lineup on Friday, July 19, with One: The Only Tribute to Metallica as their opening act.
"Last year was the first time we did two nights of the Bash on the Beach," says 2019 Water Carnival Co-Admiral Matt Kelly, and it was also the first time the concerts were rock and roll, rather than country. "And Friday night had record-breaking numbers. Saturday night there were a couple hundred fewer, but it was still a record number compared to previous years. There were something like 2,500 and 2,300 people in attendance Friday and Saturday."
"I think it's pretty cool that we're able to get big-name bands like Smash Mouth," says Brian Anderson, Kelly's NWC co-admiral. "It's crazy to think that a little hometown volunteer organization can pull in names like that. We couldn't do it without the support of all the businesses in town, too."
Because of how well last year's Bash went, Kelly and Anderson "wanted to keep things going on that level of awesomeness," they say. They're hoping to at least match last year's attendance numbers, or better yet, exceed them.
Tickets for Hairball and One on Friday are $20, tickets to Eve6 and Smash Mouth on Saturday are $30, or you can purchase the Two-Night Special for $40. They're on sale right now at www.dljaycees.com/bash-on-the-beach, and can also be purchased at the Detroit Lakes Chamber or Central Market.
Also this week
The Northwest Water Carnival may be heading into its final weekend, but the slate of activities planned is more crowded than ever. Thursday evening's schedule includes Bingo at the Pavilion from 5 to 10 p.m., and Home Brew Beer Tasting at Zorbaz from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
On Friday, July 19, the Post 15 American Legion Water Carnival Classic baseball tournament gets underway at noon inside Washington Ballpark, with Alexandria taking on Thief River Falls. Detroit Lakes plays the Friday nightcap at 7:45 p.m. versus Minneapolis Edison before facing Thief River Falls (10 a.m.) and Anoka (8 p.m.) on day two, then closing out the action Sunday, July 21 against Alexandria at 3 p.m.
Friday afternoon will also bring the first of three days of helicopter rides outside Kent Freeman Arena, starting at 1 p.m.; two days of rock climbing at the City Park, starting at 2 p.m.; and two days of inflatable games (Games to Go) at the City Park, starting at 3 p.m.
The Northwest Water Carnival resumes Saturday with a 5K/10 mile fun run; registration is at 8 a.m. inside the Pavilion. The race itself gets underway outside the Pavilion at 9 a.m. There will also be a two-day softball tournament opening at 8 a.m. Saturday in Snappy Park; a Pet & Doll Parade starting at 9 a.m. in the Holy Rosary Church parking lot; a Pet Show and Classic Car Show, both starting at 10 a.m. in the City Park; and a sand volleyball tournament starting at 10 a.m. in Peoples Park.
Also on Saturday, there will be a family picnic starting at 11 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park; bean bag tournaments for both juniors and adults getting underway at 11 a.m. on the City Beach; a Sand Castle Contest starting ast noon on the City Beach, and more inflatable games in the City Park starting at noon and continuing until 9 p.m.
Meanwhile, over at Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge, the Friends of the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District will be hosting their annual Prairie Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Hamden's environmental education building. Free activities will include face painting, pine cone birdhouse building, guided nature walks (at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.),caterpillar adoption and other Monarch butterfly-themed activities, lunch (yes, it's free!), and a variety of fun prizes for all ages.
Sunday's water carnival activities include the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast,, with serving from 8 to 11 a.m. inside the Pavilion; the Parade of the Northwest, stepping off from the Detroit Lakes Chamber parking lot at 1 p.m.; and a free water ski show on the City Beach at 3 p.m. A full, downloadable schedule of water carnival activities is available at www.dljaycees.com/water-carnival-3.