Published July 19 2010
Fargo man wins beach party from Weather Channel
Now, sand will be scattered in the neighborhood – this time, for fun.
Far from any lake, the area will transform into a beach next week thanks to Steve Waldner, who was named the winner of The Weather Channel’s “Ultimate Summer Beach Party” contest on Sunday.
“We’re a pretty iconic location for weather,” he said of Fargo. “I think they kind of felt that way, too.”
Outside his home, 45th Avenue South will transform into a 10,000-square-foot “party space” that includes a lagoon with paddle boats, giant blow-up waterslide, live band, tiki bar – and, of course, sand.
“Our home is definitely going to be the hot spot,” said the IT manager.
The Fargo bash will be nationally televised from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
In July, Waldner saw the contest online, entered “on a lark,” and four hours of work later, sent in his video. He beat out 150 entrants for the bash.
Sporting a stocking cap, swim trunks, mittens and scuba gear, Waldner pokes fun at the area’s propensity to flooding and frigid winters in his 35-second video.
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