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Home brew and bingo contests bring fun to Water Carnival

Bingo event fills Pavillion

Lori Noll (from left) and Mike Noll braved the rain storm to enjoy the Northwest Water Carnival home brew competition on Thursday, July 14. Pouring samples on behalf of the Jaycees were Erika Martin and Walker Martin.
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DETROIT LAKES — The home brew contest was held under a tent on a rainy evening on Thursday, July 14. Tom Trowbridge’s Irish Maple Stout was the clear winner.

Mike Noll, Detroit Lakes, sipped the stout and noted, “It was a fierce competition, but he pulled it off in the end.”

Kate Spaeth (left), Northwest Water Carnival co-admiral Kasey Fetzer and Season Ferguson were three of the many to volunteer their time to make the annual bingo event a success. The event was held at the Pavilion on Thursday, July 14, 2022.<br/>
Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Noll spoke in jest, as Trowbridge was the only one to enter in this year’s home brew contest. However, he and his wife Lori, said if there was competition, the maple stout would still be tough to beat.

“You can taste the maple,” Lori Noll said. “And, it has good carbonation and color. I could see myself ordering and drinking this.”

The Jaycees providing the beer to taste testers were Walker and Erika Martin. The two were surprised at the low turnout of home brewers, as last year’s event was a hit.


“Last year, we were on the beach and it was a weekend event,” she said. “We might have to rethink that and come back strong with home brews again next year.”

Down the street, at the Pavillion, was where many waited out the storm. The venue was filled for the annual bingo event.

“It is always a big event and usually a full house,” Jaycee Kate Spaeth said.

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