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Friday, July 8th
Kegs & Eggs w/KFAN's Power Trip Morning Show
5:00am-9:00am
Location: Pavilion
Contact: Nate Woodard 218-234-6300
Tee It Up for the Troops/Patriot Dogs Golf Tournament
11:00am Registration
Location: Lakeview Golf Course
Contact: Nancy Zehnacker 910-330-6387
Lovin' the Lakes Tippy Cup Party
5:30pm
Location: Lakeside Tavern
Contact: Leighton Broadcasting 218-847-5624
Water Carnival Kickoff Party w/Outside Recess
7:00pm
Location: Lakeside Tavern
Contact: Chris Larson 701-261-5489
Miss Northwest Pageant
7:00pm
Location: DLCCC
Contact: Cindy Moore 218-334-3231
Night Golf
9:30pm
Location: Lakeview Golf Course
Contact: Brian Anderson 763-438-9745

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
Saturday, July 9th
Detroit Lakes Midsummer Bike Tour
7:00am-9:00am
Location: Pavilion
Contact: Kim Bettcher 218-234-6900

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 1st is $20, after is $25, which includes a commemorative T-shirt.
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Maniacs in the Sand
7:00am
Location: City Beach
Contact: Bri Raftevold 218-849-6821

Join us on the beach of the beatiful Detroit Lakes. Come challenge yourself on the sand and in the water!
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5th Annual Ride for the Future - Motorcycle Ride
8:30am
Location: City Park
Contact: Boys & Girls Club 218-849-0432

Join us for a motorcycle ride around the lakes area. Register in the City Park the day of the ride.
Fly-In & Pancake Breakfast
8:00am-12:00pm
Location: DL Airport
Contact: Dennis Jacobs 218-847-2699

Come and check out the airport and the impressive display of planes!
Kids Midsummer Bike Tour
10:00am
Location: Pavilion
Contact: Kim Bettcher 218-234-6900

The younger crowd will enjoy a pint-sized version of the bike tour.
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Lakes Area Farmers Market
10:00am-2:00pm
Location: People's Park
Contact: John Skarie
Paddle Board Race
10:00am
Location: Detroit Lake
Contact: Jess Stuewe 218-234-4321

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.
Beast on the Beach
12:00pm
Location: Pavilion
Contact: James Vogt 218-234-7548

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.
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Demolition Derby
Sunday, July 10th • Family Day
Family Picnic
11:30am
Location: City Park
Contact: Amber Goldammer 218-849-4054

Bring your button for a discounted price.
Ship Building Contest
12:00pm
Location: Pavilion
Contact: Natalie Bly 701-799-1336

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.
Water Walking Balls
12:00pm-3:00pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Dusty Hildenbrand 218-234-3786

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!
Sand Treasure Dig
1:00pm
Location: Pavilion
Contact: Matt Kelly 218-850-2017

More fun at the beach as kids 2-12 years old dig for coins and candy buried in the sand.
Face Painting
1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Sarah Newman 218-289-3540

Face painting for children (and adults) of all ages!
Trolley Rides
1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Drew Lessin 218-841-4921

Hop on the Jaycees Trolley for a quick ride.
Fishing Extravaganza
1:00pm-2:30pm
Location: City Pier
Contact: Alan Bentler 218-849-2199

Children 15 and under can come out to the Pier for some fishing fun.
Sand Castle Contest
1:30pm
Location: Pavilion
Contact: Jen Taves 507-382-8218

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.
Pup Plunge
1:30pm
Location: City Beach
Contact: Jenna Pipek 701-797-7406
Frog Jump & Turtle Race
2:00pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Lucas Hoffman 218-841-4803

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.
Toddler Trot
2:30pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Jess Lessin 218-234-3280

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.
Hula Hoop Contest
3:00pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Happy Hippy Hoop Co. 218-234-9161

Bring your hula hoop to the city park for a fun contest.
Old Fashioned Kid's Games
3:30pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Jess Lessin 218-234-3280

Just as it sounds – come down for Old Fashioned Kids Games – Potato Sack Race, Three Legged Race and more!
Watermelon Feed
4:00pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Blake Olson 701-866-5297

Take a taste of summer sweetness as you enjoy your afternoon in the park.
Kids Music Featuring - Tim Eggebraaten
4:30pm
Location: City Park Bandshell
Contact: Chris Larson 701-261-5489

Cap-off your day in the park by dancing and singing along with the kids!
Monday, July 11th
Sweet Summer Night
5:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Downtown DL
Contact: Jen Taves 507-382-8218

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!
Junior Pageant
6:00pm
Location: Pavilion
Contact: Annette Korth 218-234-9012

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).
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Beach Sand Soccer
6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: City Beach
Contact: Craig Koep 320-760-5969

To register and find out more dowload the registration form HERE
Tuesday, July 12th
Lakes Area Farmers Market
10:00am-2:00pm
Location: People's Park
Contact: John Skarie
Dance on Detroit
7:00pm
Location: Pavilion
Contact: Sarah Newman 218-289-3540

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!
Junior Tug-O-War **NEW EVENT**
7:00pm
Location: Pavilion
Contact: Alma Alaniz 218-234-1838

Come down to the beach for the Junior Tug-O-War competition.
Tug-O-War
7:00pm
Location: Pavilion
Contact: Kate Spaeth & Bri Raftevold 218-234-9131

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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Wednesday, July 13th
Great Admiral's Hat Hunt
4:00pm
Location: Detroit Lakes City Limits
Contact: DL Newspapers 507-382-8218

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.
Cruise DL Night - Car Show
4:00pm-8:30pm
Location: City Beach
Contact: DL Chamber of Commerce 218-847-9202
Junior Water Fights
5:00pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Annette Korth 218-234-9012
Ice Cream Social
6:00pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Faith Blow & Betsy Becker 218-850-2385
Water Fights
7:00pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Kate Spaeth & Natalie Bly 218-234-9131

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!
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Thursday, July 14th
Legion Baseball Tournament (Thurs.-Sat.)
10:00am
Location: Washington Ball Park
Contact: Mitch McLeod 218-280-7812

Hop over to Washington Park 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.
Flower Show (Exhibit Thurs / Show Thurs-Sat)
All Day
Location: Washington Square Mall
Contact: Tom Reiffenberger 218-847-5642
Bingo
5:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Pavilion
Contact: Annette Korth & Jess Lessin 218-234-9012

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.
Home Brew Beer Tasting
6:30pm-10:00pm
Location: Zorbaz
Contact: Kyle Imholte 612-202-6858

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.
Pat Surface: Remember When...Songs of 60s & 70s
7:30pm
Location: DLCCC
Contact: Rachel Hofstrand 218-844-4221 x117
Friday, July 15th
Inflatable Games
3:00pm-9:00pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Jen Taves 507-382-8218

Games to Go will be set up in the park. Wristband will be required for participants. Fees will apply.
Bed Races
7:00pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Kate Spaeth 218-234-9131

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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Saturday, July 16th
5K/10mi Donut Fun Run/Walk
Chili & Salsa Cook-off
8:00am (Tasting at 11:30am)
Location: Pavilion
Contact: Kate Spaeth 218-234-9131

The Chili & Salsa Cook-off is an annual favorite. Contestants prepare their chili on their own outdoor grills. All food must be prepared on site. 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!!!
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Softball Tournament
9:00am
Location: Snappy Park
Contact: Dave Harman 218-844-4221

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.
Classic Car Show
10:00am-3:00pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Jess Lessin & Steve Palmer 218-234-3280

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.
Pet Show
9:00am
Location: City Park
Contact: Mike Evans 320-267-3222

Bring your pet to show off and compete for fun awards.
Pet & Doll Parade
10:00am
Location: Holy Rosary Parking Lot
Contact: Beth Kelly 218-850-2403

Participants of all ages are encouraged to show up with kiddos and pets and take the walk down Washington Avenue.
Family Picnic
11:00am
Location: City Park
Contact: Amber Goldammer 218-849-4054
Inflatable Games
12:00pm-9:00pm
Location: City Park
Contact: Jen Taves 507-382-8218

Games to Go will be set up in the park. Wristband will be required for participants. Fees will apply.
Sand Volleyball Tournament
10:00am
Location: People's Park
Contact: Craig Koep 320-760-5969

"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.
Bean Bag Tournament
11:30am
Location: Pavilion
Contact: Shawn Nygaard 218-849-6099

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.
Bash on the Beach Featuring **Craig Morgan**
Sunday, July 17th
KC Pancake Breakfast
8:00am-11:30am
Location: Pavilion
Contact: Joe Ed Knopf 218-847-2800

Come on down to the Pavilion for breakfast.
Water Ski Show
3:00pm
Location: City Beach
Contact: Chris Larson 701-261-5489

Come to the city beach after the parade to watch the annual water ski show.
Parade of the Northwest