Water Carnival cruises into final weekend: Water fights, beer brewing contest and more draw big crowds to DL
One of the Northwest Water Carnival's signature events, the Water Fights, drew huge crowds to the Detroit Lakes City Park Wednesday night.
With plenty of stray streams of H2O spilling over into the crowd, the hot and sticky air didn't prove much of a deterrent for spectators, who enjoyed watching 24 teams square off for the water fights championship, which lasted well into the evening.
In the end, however, the Detroit Lakes Fire Department's experience with handling the large fire hoses proved impossible to beat, as the team of local volunteer firefighters was declared this year's champions and presented with the winning trophy. Second place went to J & K Marine.
But before the water fights began, people enjoyed strolling along West Lake Drive and viewing the many vintage cars on display for the monthly DL Cruise Night, then wandered over to the park for the Junior Water Fights, where about 30 youngsters squared off with garden hoses instead of fire hoses in a fun-filled, though sometimes hotly-contested, competition.
The home brew contest at Zorbaz on Thursday evening brought a large beer-loving crowd. A $5 wristband gave attendees access to endless samples at 30-plus nationwide brewery tents, plus a dozen or so home brewed beers later on in the evening.
The event went from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and it was all about tasting beers and getting some free merch like stickers and bottle openers from your favorite breweries. But the main event was the home brew contest. Judges tasted, chose a winner, and then the limited supply home brews were made available for everyone else to sample. The line quickly piled up as everyone wanted to try the winning beer, which was Dale Sattler's pale ale.
Most of the beer tents were offering summer beers, like lime pilsners, peach IPAs, or triple sours. Lagunitas, Summit, Uinta, Castle Danger, Fargo Brewing Company, Indeed, Drekker, and many more were present.
FBC brewery representative Aaron Krogh brought the Fargo Brewing Company beers to the party. He said his favorite brew is Iron Horse and said, "the habanero apricot wheat ale (or "hot cops") has been super popular, followed by our kenny's lemonade."
Things got a little crowded in Zorbaz, but everyone seemed to enjoy conversations over and about beer.
The 83rd Northwest Water Carnival concludes Sunday, with the Parade of the Northwest at 1 p.m., followed by the Water Ski show at approximately 3 p.m. on the City Beach. A look back at the weekend's events, including the Bed Races (Friday), Bash on the Beach (Friday and Saturday), Chili & Salsa Cookoff (Saturday), Sand Castle Contest (Saturday) and today's festivities, will appear in this Wednesday's edition of the Tribune.