Audubon Summer Fest celebrates the community's 150th birthday

Saturday's celebration included princesses on parade, craft and car shows — and a little bit of magic

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A freshly-crowned Junior Miss Summer Fest, Isabella Richard, waved from her throne atop the Summer Fest float at Saturday's parade in Audubon, along with runner-up Lilly Haugrud and the rest of their royal court. The Summer Fest junior pageant was held on Friday, June 24, while the rest of the festival's events took place on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
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AUDUBON — The town of Audubon, Minnesota, was established in 1872, and on Saturday, its residents observed that 150-year milestone with a community photo, taken by a drone flying overhead.

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Audubon residents gathered in front of the community's City Hall on Saturday, June 25, 2022, for a group photo commemorating the town's 150th anniversary. The photo was taken by a drone flying overhead. It was one of many events held on Saturday as part of the town's Summer Fest celebration.
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In addition to the commemorative photography, Saturday's Summer Fest celebration also included a parade, magic show, food and vendor booths, car and tractor shows, safety helmet and bike giveaways, a bean bag tournament, petting zoo, inflatable games, trolley rides, and a street dance featuring music by the Fat Cats.

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Magician Jeffrey Salveson presented a free magic show outside Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School on Saturday, June 25, 2022, as part of Audubon's Summer Fest celebration.
Vicki Gerdes / Detroit Lakes Tribune

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at
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