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A flipping good time: Tippy cup and beach soccer events draw teams and crowds to water carnival

More than 100 competitors participated in the Xtreme Tippy Cup and beach soccer events during the 86th Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes on Monday.

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Tippy cup teams compete during the Extreme Tippy Cup event in City Park as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes on July 11, 2022.
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DETROIT LAKES — Xtreme Tippy Cup and beach soccer brought 16 teams to the beach and to the memories of college days-past as the 86th Northwest Water Carnival continued its event schedule on July 11.

Eight teams of four participants each competed in a double-elimination tippy cup tournament for individual prize packs, including: a WE Fest VIP package; a Bash-on-the-Beach VIP package; a Mall of America Nickelodeon Universe package; and Minnesota Twins tickets, to be awarded to the members of the winning team

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Tippy cup teams participate in the Xtreme Tippy Cup event in City Park during the 86th Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes on July 11, 2022.
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Katie Johnson, of the Dunder Fliplin tippy cup team, flips a red cup as part of the Xtreme Tippy Cup event during the 86th Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes on July 11, 2022.
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Karen Feldt, a Detroit Lakes resident and member of the Flippy Chicks team, said the key to playing flip cup is "a light finger."

"It's a little breezy, you are going to have to play the wind," said Feldt, before the tournament.

The Flippy Chicks were a returning team from the inaugural event in 2021 where they finished in second place, she said. This year, she added, they wanted the title.

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However, the Flippy Chicks championship dreams were dashed yet again in the last match of the competition. They finished in second for the second consecutive year, losing to the Underdogs, who were crowned champions of 2022 Xtreme Tippy Cup event.

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The Underdogs tippy cup team attempts to throw a ball into a small red basket — after flipping all four of their cups during the championship match of the 2022 Xtreme Tippy Cup event in City Park — as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes on July 11, 2022.
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The Underdogs celebrate with a group hug after winning the 2022 Xtreme Tippy Cup event in City Park during the 86th Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes on July 11, 2022.
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Feldt also said these events highlight the Detroit Lakes community as a whole and everyone should come out to support the Detroit Lakes Jaycees because they put so much work into the 10 days of events every year.

"I'm sure we'll all be at Bash on the Beach and probably Bingo, my grandsons love the Bingo," she said. "And the Parade of the Northwest, you can't miss that."

While the tippy cup tournament was being played in the park, more than 80 kids of all-ages played beach soccer on City Beach while throngs of onlooking parents cheered them on.

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A player celebrates after scoring a goal during the beach soccer event as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes on July 11, 2022.
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Kids of all ages participate in the beach soccer event during the 86th Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes on July 11, 2022.
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"It was really cool to see the high school kids, they are playing hard, but they are also really helping out the (younger) kids and encouraging them to play better and helping them pass it around," said Ben Aastuen, Detroit Lakes High School girl's soccer head coach. "It's really fun to see them grow the sport."

Aastuen said the Northwest Water Carnival is fun every year because of the amount of events and stuff to do.

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A soccer player dribbles near the goal during the beach soccer event as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes on July 11, 2022.
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A youth soccer player kicks a ball during the beach soccer event as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes on July 11, 2022.
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A player steals the ball during the beach soccer event as part the 86th Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes on July 11, 2022.
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"They have activities for anybody from one-year-old to 99 years old," he said. "There's so much opportunity here."

Aastuen, who teaches at Detroit Lakes Middle School, said he remembers what a principal told him when he arrived here seven years ago.

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He continued: "My principal said, in the winter, we have a lot stuff that you can do, and, in the summer, if you can't find something to do, then you are just lying on the ground, dead ... and that's what the water carnival does, it just provides so many fun opportunities and ability to bring people in from out of town."

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