Summer's here, and the time is right... for a salad luncheon.

Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church will take its turn on the salad circuit this Thursday, July 12, serving up a plethora of tasty summer favorites from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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"We've got a really big variety," said event organizer Glenette Olson. "Fruits, vegetables, pastas, jello... you name it, we probably have it, along with rolls, (dessert) bars, coffee and lemonade."

The event is a fundraiser for the First Lutheran Church Women, and the proceeds will go to support local and national charities, including - but not limited to - First Lutheran Church youth activities, the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center, Becker County Food Pantry, Becker County Caregivers, REACH, Lutheran Campus Ministries (Moorhead), Global Health Ministry, and Lutheran World Relief.

"The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and under, and tickets will be sold at the door," Olson continued.

To enter the Fellowship Hall, use the church's rear entrance, next to the parking lot.

Northwest Water Carnival

Though the salad luncheon is a fundraiser for the First Lutheran Church Women, it also falls right in the middle of Detroit Lakes' 83rd Northwest Water Carnival, which opens this weekend and runs through Sunday, July 15.

This Sunday, July 8 is Family Day, with festivities centered in and around the Detroit Lakes Pavilion starting at 11:30 a.m. Kid-friendly activities range from a Sand Treasure Dig at noon to a Ship Building Contest at 1:30 p.m., as well as the ever-popular Pup Plunge at 2 p.m.

As the name implies, the Sand Treasure Dig literally involves digging in the sand for buried treasures, in the form of candy, money and toys. For the ship building competition, contestants young and old can break out the foam and cardboard to build a seaworthy craft, then attempt to sail it across the shoreline of the City Beach, near the Pavilion. The Pup Plunge brings dozens of four-legged competitors of all shapes and sizes to the J & K Marina on the City Beach. As their number is called, each of the pups plunge into the water to retrieve their favorite floatable toys, while their owners watch hopefully from the dock to see how far the animal will leap.

Also scheduled for Family Day are magic shows at the Pavilion (12:30 and 3 p.m.); a Toddler Trot at the City Park (1:15 p.m.); Turtle Race & Frog Jump, also at the park (2:45 p.m.); Hula Hoop Contest at the City Park Bandshell (3:15 p.m.), and a Kids' Music Concert featuring Tim Eggebraaten, also at the bandshell (4:30 p.m.), along with a watermelon feed, trolley rides, a family picnic and old-fashioned kids' games.

On Monday, July 9, the Pavilion is the setting for the Junior Water Carnival Pageant, while the adjacent City Beach will host a rousing game of Beach Soccer. Both of these events get underway at 6 p.m. A new event for this year's carnival, Trivia Night, will be hosted by La Barista (inside the Washington Square Mall), also at 6 p.m. The only other event on the schedule for Tuesday is an all-day golf tournament, Tee it Up for the Troops, which gets underway at the Lakeview Golf course at 11 a.m. and benefits the local Patriot Assistance Dogs program.

Tuesday, July 10 brings the popular Tug-O-War competitions for kids and adults, which get underway concurrently at 7 p.m., on the City Beach. Also at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Pavilion and nearby City Park Bandshell will be the setting for the annual Dance on Detroit, with "big band" music provided by local favorites Doc & the Scrubs.

Wednesday, July 11 brings one of the Water Carnival's signature events, the Water Fights. Competitions for both kids and adults will be held in the parking lot at the City Park. Water hoses are provided by the Detroit Lakes Fire Department. The junior competition gets underway at 5 p.m., with the adult water fights to follow at 7 p.m. There will be an ice cream social held in between the two competitions as well, at 6 p.m., and on nearby West Lake Drive, the monthly summer event, Cruise DL Night, will take place from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Local residents who want to show off their vintage vehicles can park them along West Lake Drive until they're ready to go home; there will be music playing, and lakeside restaurants will be open for dining.

Thursday, July 12 will feature the American Legion's Water Carnival Baseball Tournament, which opens at 10 a.m. and continues through Sunday. Also on Thursday night, there will be bingo at the Pavilion, a Lovin' the Lakes Tippy Cup Party at the Holiday Inn and a Home Brew Beer Tasting Contest at Zorbaz.

Friday will bring another new event for this year's carnival, a Rock Climbing Wall sponsored by the Army National Guard, which will be set up in the city park from 2-7 p.m., and helicopter rides departing from Kent Freeman Arena starting at 1 p.m. For the more adventurous flyers, Skydive Fargo will be offering tandem skydives at the Detroit Lakes Airport starting at 5 p.m. All three of these events will continue daily through Sunday.

Inflatable "Games to Go" will be set up at the city park on Friday, July 13 from 3-9 p.m. and Saturday, July 14 from noon to 9 p.m.

The increasingly popular Bash on the Beach has been expanded this year, with not just one, but two nights of live music on Friday and Saturday, July 13-14. Due to the pontoon traffic on the City Beach during this event, the swimming buoys along the beach will be removed on Friday at 5 p.m., with no public swimming allowed in that area until the buoys are replaced on Sunday.

Beach-centered activities on Saturday, July 14 also include the annual Chili & Salsa Cook-Off, with registration taking place inside the Pavilion just before the start of the competition at 8 a.m. The public will be able to purchase samples of the cooks' chili and salsa entries starting at 11:30 a.m. There will be a bean bag tournament and sandcastle building competition on the beach, starting at 11 a.m. and noon, respectively, and a pet show starting at 10 a.m. in the park, as well. For the adults, there will be a Classic Car Show in the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there will also be a Family Picnic starting at 11 a.m.

Any runners in the family? There will be a 5K/10-mile Fun Run starting at 9 a.m. in the City Park, with registration getting underway at 8 a.m. inside the Pavilion. Over at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, there will be a Pet and Doll Parade stepping off from the church parking lot at 9 a.m.

There's also plenty of softball, baseball and sand volleyball action throughout the day on Saturday, taking place at Snappy Park, Washington Park and Peoples Park, respectively.

After Saturday night's Bash on the Beach concert, the Water Carnival begins to wind down on Sunday, July 15, with only three events on the schedule: The Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast at the Pavilion starting at 8 a.m., the Parade of the Northwest through downtown Detroit Lakes starting at 1 p.m., and the Water Ski Show on the City Beach starting at approximately 3 p.m.

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