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Sunny skies and warm temperatures also brought big crowds to enjoy not just the Water Fights, but the Junior Water Fights held earlier in the evening, and the Ice Cream Social — featuring free scoops of vanilla, chocolate and chocolate chip ice cream, served up on sugar cones, with sprinkles on top! — that took place in between the two events.
For many years, the Water Fights have been a staple of the Northwest Water Carnival, and while participation has fluctuated a bit from year to year, the 2019 fights drew a jaw-dropping 26 teams to the Detroit Lakes City Park Wednesday night.
The final weekend of Detroit Lakes' 84th Northwest Water Carnival is gonna rock. Smash Mouth will headline the water carnival's 2019 Bash on the Beach on Saturday, July 20. Eve6 ("Inside Out," "Here's to the Night") will open for the chart-topping band known for such hits as "All Star" and "Can't Get Enough of You Baby." Hairball will also be returning to headline the Bash on the Beach lineup on Friday, July 19, with One: The Only Tribute to Metallica as their opening act.
For many years, the informal "water fights" that have broken out between participants and spectators during the Northwest Water Carnival's Parade of the Northwest have been viewed as good, clean fun ... a harmless pranking that, for some, provides welcome relief from the heat of a sunny Sunday afternoon in mid-July. But in recent years, these "harmless" fights have escalated to the point where any person, pet, float or vehicle in attendance is fair game for a thorough dousing — regardless of whether they are eager and ready to join in on the fun, or prefer to remain dry.
Elvis Presley. Carl Perkins. Roy Orbison. Merle Haggard. Buck Owens. Johnny Cash. Loretta Lynn. Dolly Parton. Jerry Lee Lewis. These names, and many more, were among those that graced the stage of Nashville's Grand Ol' Opry and recorded the hits that made Sun Records into the label credited as being "Where Rock 'n' Roll was Born."
The 2019 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships were June 23-28 at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Neb., and for the first time, a competitor from Becker County 4-H was among the participants. Zeb Lewis, who will be a junior this fall at Lake Park-Audubon High School in Lake Park, competed as part of the Minnesota compound archery team. "Compound bows use a pulley system," said Zeb, explaining how the bow he used differs from the more traditional recurve bow that has been in use since ancient times.
Prairie Fun Day is returning to Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge Saturday, July 20. Sponsored by the Friends of the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District, this full day of fun, free activities for the whole family will include birdhouse making, face painting, a guided nature walk, native plant potting, fun with monarch butterflies and more.
With a name like Detroit Lakes, it's not exactly surprising that the community's biggest festival of the summer is focused on water — specifically, the body of water around which it was built. For more than eight decades now, the Northwest Water Carnival has brought 10 days of summer fun to Detroit Lakes' City Beach, City Park and surrounding environs, traditionally starting on the weekend after Independence Day.
After a brief work session at which they finalized the agenda for next week's regular board meeting, members of the Detroit Lakes School Board, administrators and staff set off on a two-hour tour of the district's summer construction projects with lead architect Brian Berg. What they found was that, despite some minor weather delays, renovations and additions to Rossman Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary and Detroit Lakes Middle school facilities are on target and on budget so far.
Calling all Northwest Water Carnival admirals, past and present! The Becker County Museum has extended an invitation to any who are available to come to the museum at noon this Wednesday, July 10, to participate in an informal, round table discussion.