PLEASE WELCOME OUR
88TH WC ADMIRALS
Rachel Kohler & Jack LaBarre
If you have any questions about the 88th WC
Rachel Kohler: 218-849-2295
Jack LaBarre:218-396-0072
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Annual Event Pages
Parade of the NorthwestCity Wide Garage SalesNorthwest Water Carnival Pageant

Rules & Registration Event Forms

General Forms

• Vendor Contract 2024
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Junior Pageant Registration Form

Sunday, July 7th
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Xtreme Tippy Cup Registration

Monday, July 15th
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Trivia Night Registration

Monday, July 15th
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Water Fights Registration

Wednesday, July 17th
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Bean Bag Tournament Registration

Saturday, July 20th
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Fun Run Registration Form

Saturday, July 20th
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Sand Volleyball Registration Form

Saturday, July 20th
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Chili Cook Off Registration

Saturday, July 20th
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About the Water Carnival
The Detroit Lakes Jaycees have been sponsoring the annual Northwest Water Carnival since they organized as a chapter in 1935. The Water Carnival is one of the longest running festivals in the state of Minnesota. It has become one of the premier summer events in the lakes area, and includes a wide range of activities for the whole family.

The first Water Carnival was held in 1935. It took several years to become established, and was even canceled in 1937. However, it has been held every year since then with the exception of COVID postponing the year 2020 to 2021. Water Carnival has been well-attended, and has grown to be as much as an 11-day affair with more than 60 events. In its current format, it will be an event, beginning Friday, July 12th, with Kegs and Eggs with KFAN at the Pavilion, and will conclude on Sunday, July 21st with everyone’s favorite: The Parade of the Northwest.

The Detroit Lakes Jaycees and is an all-volunteer civic organization. Led by the “Admirals,” the Jaycees work hard all year planning and coordinating the Water Carnival, which is supported by our area’s business community. After the parade, the Jaycees traditionally gather by the Pavilion to find out who will be the next Admirals. The Admirals are selected by the current Jaycee President to be in charge of the next Water Carnival. The identity of the new Admirals is kept secret until after the Parade, and is the subject of much speculation by Jaycees past and present.
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