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Friday, July 11th
Veteran Dog Golf
Friday, July 11th 11:30 am • Lakeview Executive
More information - contact Linda Wiedewitsch at (218) 841-4114.
Miss Northwest Pageant
Friday, July 11th 7:00 pm • DLCCC In long-standing Water Carnival Tradition, the Miss Northwest Pageant kicks off this year’s festival! Open to the public - so please join us to welcome the new Miss Northwest! The winner of the crown will represent the Northwest region in Miss Minnesota!
More information - contact Cindy Moore at (218) 841-4144.
Night Golf
Friday, July 11th 9:00 pm • Lakeview Executive Golf Course What is better than to spend a summer evening on the course with good company and great beverages? Join us as the sun goes down and stars come up!
Click Here for registration form orClick Here for more info - contact Chris Larson at (701) 261-5489.
Saturday, July 12th
Detroit Lakes Midsummer Bike Tour
Saturday, July 12th 7:00am – 9:00am • Pavilion Grab your family and friends and take a tour through the beautiful lakes area! Participants can choose a 15-mile family ride, 30-mile loop or 45-mile loop. Start any time between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM. Entry fee before July 4 is $15, after July 4 is $20, which includes a commemorative T-shirt.
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For more information, contact Kim Bettcher at 218-234-6900.
Saturday, July 12th 9:00am • City of Detroit Lakes Course begins on Saturday but will remain set up all week long. Use your caching skills and search for treasures with your GPS! Coordinates will be available at the Pavilion and away you go!
For more information, please contact Karen Skoyles at 218-847-5653.
Ride for the Future - Motorcycle Ride
Saturday, July 12th 9:00am • City Park Parking Lot Join us for a motorcycle ride around the lakes area. Register in the City Park the day of the ride.
For more information, please contact Boys & Girl's Club at 218-847-5700.
Detroit Lakes Airport Fly-In & Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, July 12th 7:30 am -11:30 am • DL Airport Come and check out the airport and the impressive display of planes!
For more information, please contact Dennis Jacobs at 218-847-2699.
Kids Midsummer Bike Tour
Saturday, July 12th 10:00 am • Pavilion The younger crowd will enjoy a pint-sized version of the bike tour.
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Please contact Kim Bettcher at 218-234-6900 for more details.
Farmer's Market
Saturday, July 12th:
10:00am - 2:00pm • Peoples Park

For more information, contact Annmarie Lacher at 218-844-7322
Rotate the Lake Bar Hop! ….Or Boat, Skip, Ride or Walk
Saturday, July 12th 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm • Pavilion Join us for Water Carnival's newest major event! Detroit Lakes Rotarians join forces with the Jaycees for this fundraising event. We will be bar and grill hopping... (or boating, or biking, riding or walking - your favorite means of transportation will do!) Join us as we take this tour around the restaurants surrounding our Big and Little Detroit Lakes. So...join us as we Rotate the Lake! Prizes will be given out at each stop. If you are the Designated Driver - you have opportunities for additional prizes for keeping everyone safe!
For more information please contact Mary Rotter at 651-335-0396
Beast on the Beach
Saturday, July 12th Noon • Pavilion Detroit Lakes' own strong man competition. Contestants will compete for time, reps and speed in this endurance event. There will be two divisions so everyone is encouraged to attend.
For more information contact Nate Woodard at 218-234-6300.
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Demolition Derby
Sunday, July 13th
Family Day
Join the Jaycees and Essentia Health for a day of family-friendly events. We will kick-off this fun-filled day with a Young Life Worship Service leading into a family picnic – compliments of Central Market. We will continue with several family-oriented activities for all to participate in with your Water Carnival Button.
For more information contact Mike Evans at 320-267-3222.
Young Life Worship Service
Sunday, July 13th - 10:30am • Pavilion Join us in the pavilion for fellowship and an inspiring non-denominational service.
For more information contact Matt Boeke at 218-234-3229
Family Picnic
Sunday, July 13th 11:30 • City Park Bring your button for a discounted price.
For more information, contact Amy Jacobson at 218-234-9814.
Ship Building Contest
Sunday, July 13th 12:00 PM • Pavilion Beach Come down and test your engineering skills! The Jaycees will provide duct tape, cardboard and Styrofoam, while the contestants provide the know-how. Competing teams will build their ships in less than 30 minutes and then take them to the lake to see how sea-worthy they are in a race against the other builders. Register at the pavilion. Participation is FREE with your NWC button.
For more information, contact Molly Reiffenberger at 218-234-6638.
Sand Treasure Dig
Sunday, July 13th 1:00 PM • Pavilion Beach More fun at the beach as kids 2-12 years old dig for coins and candy buried in the sand.
For more information, contact Matt Kelly at 218-850-2017.
Water Walking Balls
Sunday, July 13th 1:00 – 3:30 pm • City Park This is something that you have to experience to appreciate! Fun for the whole family can be had inside a Water Walking Ball. Believe it or not, this challenging exercise gets people of all ages away from their video games and onto a healthy outdoor activity. Whether you participate or spectate, you will be sure to find entertainment in this Water Carnival event!
Contact Erin Eno at 320-279-1184 for more information.
Face Painting
Sunday, July 13th 1:00pm – 3:00pm • City Park Face painting for children (and adults) of all ages!
Contact Lindsey Berg at 660-441-4070.
Trolley Rides
Sunday, July 13th 1:00 – 3:00 pm • City Park Hop on the Jaycees Trolley for a quick ride.
For more information contact Kyle Imholte at 612-202-6858.
Fishing Extravaganza
Sunday, July 13th 1:00 – 2:30 pm • Detroit Lakes City Beach Fishing Pier Children 15 and under can come out to the Pier for some fishing fun.
For more information contact Jeff Sorenson at 507-404-0168.
Frog Jump & Turtle Race
Sunday, July 13th 1:30 PM • City Park Bring your own frog or turtle to check out their skills! The first frog or turtle to jump out of the circle earns its coach a prize! All you need to participate is your NWC button.
For more information, contact Lucus Hoffman at 218-841-4803.
Sand Castle Contest
Saturday, July 13th 1:30 pm • Pavilion Beach Summer fun at its best! Each team will have one hour to work on their sand structures. Contestants and teams of all ages are encouraged to compete for prizes in separate child/only and child/adult categories. There will be three categories: 1. Castles, 2. Characters, 3. Other. Register at the pavilion before 3:00pm. Judging will begin at 4:00 pm. Participation is FREE with your NWC button.
For more information, contact Amanda Hanson at 218-205-6401
Pup Plunge
Sunday, July 13th 1:30 PM • City Beach
For more information call Jenna Pipek at 701-797-7406.
Toddler Trot
Sunday, July 13th 2:00 PM • City Park Bring your little ones down to the park for adorable baby racing. Whether your little one crawls or runs, we have a race for your toddler.
For more information call Julie Bommersbach at 218-234-6154.
Hula Hoop Contest
Sunday, July 13th 2:15 PM • City Park Bring your hula hoop to the city park for a fun contest.
For more information, contact Kathrine Cork at 970-629-8413.
Water Balloon Toss
Sunday, July 13th 2:45 PM • City Park Two person teams in each age group will work together to toss their balloons to each other over the greatest distance. Be very careful, you may get wet!
For more information contact Karen Wheeler at 763-300-8299.
Old Fashioned Kids Games
Sunday, July 13th 3:00 PM • City Park Just as it sounds – come down for Old Fashioned Kids Games – Potato Sack Race, Three Legged Race and more!
Contact Kris Swenson at 218-234-1688 for more information.
Watermelon Feed
Sunday, July 13th 3:15 PM • City Park Take a taste of summer sweetness as you enjoy your afternoon in the park.
For more information call Julie Bommersbach at 218-234-6154.
Kids Music Show
Sunday, July 13th 3:30 pm • City Park Bandshell Cap-off your day in the park by dancing and singing along with the kids! Entertainment by Beth Kelly.
For more information contact Beth Kelly at 218-850-2403
Monday, July 14th
Sweet Summer Night
Monday, July 14th 5:00pm – 8:00 pm • Downtown Detroit Lakes Grab your girlfriends and spend an evening on the town - shopping, wining and dining! Washington Avenue will be blocked off for shopping with vendors on the street while local businesses offer great deals indoors. Come early for a beach ball drop, complete with TONS of door prizes!
For more information, contact Jenni Seelye at 218-779-9910.
Junior Pageant
Monday, July 14th 6:00pm • Pavilion Everyone has fun at our casual kids’ pageant! The entry fee is $10.00 per child, which includes registration, a Water Carnival Button, and a bag of treats. Contestants should arrive at the Pavilion by 5:45. Please pre-register by completing the registration form and returning it to the DL Regional Chamber office by July 12, 2013. Registration forms will also be available at the Chamber office. Pageant participants are 4, 5 and 6 years of age (girls and boys)
For more information contact Jen Taves at 507-382-8218.
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Tuesday, July 15th
Farmers Market
Tuesday, July 15th 10:00 am - 2:00 pm • Essentia North parking lot
Contact Annmarie Lacher at 218-844-7322
Dance on Detroit
Tuesday, July 15th 7:00 PM • City Park Bandshell Get your dancing shoes on for a dance back in time; a night to be filled with sounds of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s, dancing, and memories. This will be an evening of fun for the whole family but catering to the senior generation of our community. Join us for dancing and dinner to honor the generations!
For more information, contact Amy Degerstrom at 218-779-1241
Tuesday, July 15th 7:00 PM • Pavilion Come down to the beach for a Tug-O-War competition with men's and women's divisions. $30 per team.
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For more information, contact Nate Woodard at 218-234-6300
Wednesday, July 16th
Great Admiral's Hat Hunt
Wednesday, July 16th 4:00 pm - until the hat is found • Detroit Lakes City Limits Hurry up and get your Wednesday edition of the Detroit Lakes newspaper. Clues provided by local businesses inside will lead you to the Admiral’s Hat and hundreds of dollars in prizes. The hat will be found somewhere in the city of Detroit Lakes on public property. The first one to use all of the clues and find the Admiral’s Hat, wins.
For more information, contact DL Newspapers, 847-3151. FREE
Open Swim Meet
Wednesday, July 16th 4:00 pm • Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center Challenge your family and friends at the BTD Aquatics Center for this exciting chance to see who the Big Fish really is. Show off your swimming skills in a variety of swimming events. Every participant receives a ribbon. Entry fee is $5 and registration will take place at the event.
For more information, contact Kim Bettcher at 218-234-6900.
Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, July 16th 6:00 pm • City Park Wear your NWC button and join us for a FREE ice cream cone while you watch bed races.
For more information, contact Adam Bickell at 218-841-1842.
Junior Water Fights
Wednesday, July 16th 5:00 PM • City Park Kids will have a blast in a child-sized water fight!
For more information, contact Jon Pratt at 218-841-1282
Water Fights
Wednesday, July 16th 7:00 PM • City Park This is a signature NWC event! Sign up your team (Max. 6 People) in the City Park at 6:00 PM and prepare for the watery battle. Use a fire hose to compete against other teams to move a ball on a wire 10 feet above the ground. The registration fee is $40 per team. It is a single elimination tournament. Good luck staying dry!
For more information, contact Chris Larson at 701-261-5489
Water Fight Registration
Thursday, July 17th
Thursday, July 17th 5:00 - 10:00 pm • Pavilion We have five action-packed hours for you to chance winning cash and other prizes. Have fun with our line-up of celebrity bingo callers. Bringing Back Bingo Happy Hour - $2.00 Beers from 8-10
For more information, contact Craig Koep at 320-760-5969.
Home Brew Contest & Beer Tasting
Thursday, July 17th 6:30 pm-10:00pm • Zorbaz Beer lovers and beer makers will congregate down at Zorbaz where local home brewers will be sharing their favorite brews and competing for the title of the NWC Home Brew Champion. Several beer distributors will be on hand with samples of their product.
For more information, contact Kyle Imholte at 612-202-6858.
NWC American Legion Baseball Classic
6:00 pm Thursday, July 17th and Saturday, July 19th • Washington Park Hop over to Washington Park throughout the weekend to catch some Legion baseball action. The tournament is hosted by the Detroit Lakes Post #15, with teams from all over the upper northwest competing.
For more information, contact Mitch McLeod (218) 280-7812.
Friday, July 18th
Sutter Brothers
Friday, July 18th 2:00pm • Historic Holmes Theatre
Contact the box office at218-844-SHOW.
Inflatable Games
Friday, July 18th - 3:00-9:00 PM • City Park Games to Go will be set up in the park. Wristband will be required for participants. Fees will apply.
For more information, contact Jen Taves at 507-382-8218.
Bed Races
Friday, July 18th 7:00 pm • City Park Come down to the park and watch the hilarious action. Area groups and businesses put together teams of 5 to collect pledges, decorate their beds on wheels, and race through the parking lot. Prizes awarded in various categories.
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For more information call Eric Rotter at 612-812-3007.
Party in the Park
Friday, July 18th • Following the Bed Races Celebrate summer in the park with a fun night of music and dancing. The Roosters will be taking the stage to play music favorites that will be sure to have you on your feet. Beverages will be available.
For more information contact Nick Omberg at 218-849-7809.
Saturday, July 19th
Fun Run/Walk
Saturday, July 19th 7:00 am • Pavilion Come to the Northwest Water Carnival for a beautiful run/walk along the shores of Detroit Lake. Registration will take place at 7 am in the DL Pavilion and the race will begin at 8 am in the Detroit Lakes City Park parking lot. Entry fee is $20 in advance or $25 the morning of the race, which includes a commemorative performance shirt and goodie bag.
For more information, contact Danielle Kraus at 218-234-6062.
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Music on the Beach
Saturday, July 19th 8:00 am -5:00 pm• Pavilion
For more information, contact Nick Omberg at 218-849-7809.
Chili & Salsa Cook-off
Saturday, July 20th 8:00 am to Noon • Tasting begins at 11:30 am • Pavilion The Chili & Salsa Cook-off is an annual favorite. Located in the Pavilion beer garden, contestants prepare their chili on their own outdoor grills. All food must be prepared on site. The cooking begins at 9:00 AM, with judging at 11:30 AM. Chili goes on sale to the public at 11:30 noon. Teams are encouraged to compete for the fantastic cash prizes for Best Chili, Best Salsa, Best Booth Display, Gastro-Blaster, and Rick’s Choice Award. You need to be a part of this delicious event!!!
For more information, contact Adam Bickell at 218-841-1842.
Northwest Water Carnival Softball Tournament
Saturday, July 19th 9:00 am • Snappy Fields Stop out and watch the region’s best hit the long ball! Hundreds of dollars in prizes will be given away, including cash, t-shirts and trophies.
For more information, contact Dave Harmon at 218-844-4221
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Race
Saturday, July 19th 10:00 am • Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is the fastest growing sport in the world. It is a fun way to cross train for athletes and is a sport that is family-friendly too. It is a water sport that can be intense or relaxing.
For more information, contact Jess Stuewe at 218-234-4321
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Baseball Classic
Saturday, July19th 10:00 am • Washington Ball Park
For more information, contact Mitch McLeod at 218-280-7812.
Classic Car Show
Saturday, July 19th 10:00 am - 3:00 pm • City Park The Classic Car show has become one of the NWC’s most popular events. Join us in the parking lot just north of the DL Pavilion. Registration will begin at 10 am, with the show starting at 11 am. There is a $10 entry fee, and the show is FREE for spectators! Also don’t miss the classic car cruise that leads the Parade of the Northwest on Sunday.
For more information, contact Jess Lessin at 218-234-3280.
Pet Show
Saturday, July 19th at 9:00 am • City Park Bring your pet to show off and compete for fun awards.
For more information contact Jake Judd at 763-226-6281.
Pet and Doll Parade
Saturday, July 19th at 10:00 am • Holy Rosary Parking Lot Participants of all ages are encouraged to show up with kiddos and pets and take the walk down Washington Avenue.
For more information contact Beth Kelly at 218-850-2403
Picnic in the Park
Saturday, July 19th 11:00 am • City Park A big thank you to Central Market for again providing this year’s picnic!
For more information contact Amy Jacobson at 218-234-9814
Inflatable Games
Saturday, July 19th 10am-9:00pm • Park Games to Go will be set up in the park. Wristband will be required for participants. Fees will apply.
For more information, contact Jen Taves at 507-382-8218.
Sand Volleyball Tournament
Saturday, July 20th Noon • City Beach "Dig in your heels and spike up your afternoon with Sand Volleyball on the beach just west of the Pavilion!" $10 entry fee in advance, $20 day of tournament. Trophies for 1st Place and Runner Up. Dependant upon number of teams, it will be double elimination.
Contact Erin Eno at 320-279-1184 to register your team today!
Bean Bag Tournament
Saturday, July 19th 11:30 am • Pavilion Beach This bean bag version of horseshoes has become a very popular event to play or watch. Two person teams will compete for prizes throughout the afternoon. The registration fee is $30 with a NWC button and registration will take place onsite at 11:30.
For more information, contact Kris Swenson at 218-234-1688.
Bash on the Beach Featuring Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Sunday, July 20th
KC Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, July 20th 8:00AM - 11:30AM • Pavilion Come on down to the Pavilion for breakfast.
For more information, contact Jo Ed Knopf at 218-847-2800.
Inflatable Games
Sunday, July 20th 10:00am-3:00pm • City Park Games to Go will be set up in the city park. Wristband will be required for participants. Fees will apply.
For more information, contact Jen Taves at 507-382-8218.
Parade of the Northwest
Water Ski Show
Sunday, July 20th - 3:00 pm • Detroit Lakes City Beach Come to the city beach after the parade to watch the annual water ski show.
For more information, contact Jake Judd at (763) 226-6281.