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Emily Hartley, Published July 05 2010

DL Water Carnival, other events kick off this weekend

If turtle races, horseshoes and a watermelon feed sound like simple pleasures of the past, that’s because they’re supposed to.

The 75th annual Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes kicks off this weekend with a variety of events, including Sunday’s “Old Fashioned Day in the Park.”

The throwback to the family fun of old takes place in Detroit Lakes’ City Park, beginning at 1 p.m. with the return of the boat parade.

The rest of the day features frog jumps and turtle races, a water balloon toss and watermelon feed, face painting and old-fashioned kids’ games.

The park will also be home to the big-band sounds of local group Doc-n-the Scrubs from 3 to 5 p.m.

The Water Carnival gets started long before Sunday, though.

The Miss Northwest pageant begins the 10-day festival’s events at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a kick-off dance at 8 p.m. featuring Sell Out Stereo.

Saturday morning brings the Midsummer Bike Tour and an airport fly-in. The demolition derby gets under way at 6 p.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds.

The festival also hosts a swarm of sporting events: a golf scramble on Friday, a 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament on Saturday and a tennis tournament and American Legion baseball tournament throughout the weekend.

The Water Carnival, in its 75th year, is one of Minnesota’s longest-running festivals. It runs through July 18.

Here are some other events around the area this week:

  • Eighth Street Art Show and Sale, Fargo. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The 11th annual craft show on the lawns of Shotwell Floral and Garden Center features work by 40 regional artists, including watercolor paintings, jewelry and pottery.

  • Turkey Days, Pelican Rapids, Minn., Friday and Saturday. This yearly festival features a parade, flea market, car show and nightly street dances. Its website also totes a new climbing wall and bean bag tournament.

  • White Cloud’s 14th Birthday and Tatanka Festival, Jamestown, N.D., Thursday through Sunday. The albino buffalo’s birthday bash includes a parade, food, crafts and a Wild West shootout. Jamestown offers plenty of entertainment this weekend: the Metis Festival is Thursday through Sunday at the Frontier Village, the Stutsman County Fair is Wednesday through Sunday at the fairgrounds, and the James River Rodeo and Buffalo Rally classic car show are both over the weekend.

  • Red River Valley Fair, West Fargo, Friday through July 17. The nine-day event features rides, food and entertainment at 8 p.m. The weekend’s musical acts are Glen Templeton and Rodney Atkins on Friday, Tesla on Saturday and Sawyer Brown on Sunday.

  • Phelps Mill Festival, Otter Tail County, Minn., Saturday and Sunday. This year’s arts and crafts show showcases 165 exhibits along the shores of the picturesque mill.

  • Emerado, N.D’s 125th Celebration, Saturday. The town marks its 125th anniversary with a parade, car show, bike rodeo and dog demonstration, all followed by an all-school reunion.

  • Sodbuster Days, Fort Ransom, N.D., Saturday and Sunday. The pioneer-themed festival at Fort Ransom State Park features homesteading-inspired activities, folk music and tours at the Sunne Demonstration Farm.

  • Dickey County Fair, Ellendale, N.D., Friday through Sunday. The weekend event includes a 5K run, inflatable games, 4-H competitions and a demolition derby at 1 p.m. Sunday.

    If you go

    • What: 75th annual Northwest

      Water Carnival

    • When: Friday through July 18

    • Where: Detroit Lakes, Minn.

    • Info: Some events charge admission or entry fees.


    Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Hartley at (701) 235-7311