Emily Hartley, Published July 26 2010
East Grand Forks celebrates catfish
The 23rd annual celebration runs Friday through Sunday, with a score of events beyond the staple Cats Incredible Fishing Tournament, which starts Saturday.
Friday features a media fishing derby from 1 to 5 p.m., with food vendors and a beer garden to follow until 8 p.m. in LaFave Park.
While some get in on the tournament action Saturday, others can enjoy a half-marathon or 5K walk/run at 8 a.m., inflatable kids’ games and the “Beans on the Bank” Chili Challenge, with judging and sampling beginning at noon.
Little Donnie and the Groove Tones will also play from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sunday brings the second day of the fishing tournament and more games, as well as art and science activities for kids beginning at 1 p.m. There’s also live music from Mark Ryan and Friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and balloon sculpting all afternoon.
The festivities end with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Other events around the region this week include:
- Fargo Blues Festival, Newman Outdoor Field, Friday and Saturday. Among the festival’s many acts, Friday features the Tommy Castro Band, 2008-10 blues entertainer of the year, and the Grammy-nominated Duke Robillard Band. Saturday brings the legendary David “Honeyboy” Edwards and Walter Trout and the Radicals.
- Neighborhood Park Party, Hansmann Park, Moorhead, Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. The second of three neighborhood park parties, the event will feature music, games, crafts and a Bounce-N-Slide for kids. Another party will be held Aug. 31 at Village Green Park.
- Becker County Fair, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Wednesday through Saturday. The midway opens at 1 p.m. Thursday with live entertainment every day under the big tent. There will be a demolition derby Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., as well as a host of 4-H events.
- Valley City Street Fair, Wednesday. The fair is during the city’s Crazy Days.
If you go
- What: Cats Incredible catfish festival
- When: Friday through Sunday
- Where: East Grand Forks, Minn.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Hartley at (701) 235-7311