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Weekend activities



Becker Market, 3 to 6:30 p.m. today, Becker Ave between Fourth and Fifth streets downtown.

New London

Little Crow Water Ski Team, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Neer Park; adults $5, students $ 2, 6 and under admitted free.


Farmers Market, 6:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Westside Liquor parking lot along east U.S. Hwy. 12.


Glacial Ridge Appaloosa Horse Club open horse show, 8 a.m. Saturday, Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds indoor arena; Western Saddle Club Association rules will apply and the judge will be WSCA-approved.

New London

Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Holm Park on the Mill Pond.


Ice cream social, 6 p.m. Sunday, Svea Lutheran Church park; program by the Eagle Lake Men's quartet.

Community celebrations

Through Saturday, Willmar

SONSHINE: Five stages, featuring more than 100 bands; 28th annual Christian music festival which draws nearly 19,000 people; free concert Wednesday night; held at Willmar Civic Center; camping available; 1-800-965-9324.

Friday-Saturday, Spicer

GREEN LAKE QUILT AUCTION: 25th annual auction with preview Friday evening; on Saturday display and auction of homemade quilts, homemade lefse, craft booth, country store, entertainment, hog roast; held at Green Lake Bible Camp, 320-796-2181.

Friday-Sunday, Cosmos

SPACE FESTIVAL: 41st annual festival commemorates the first man on the moon; mini-rods and street dance on Friday; volleyball, bean bag and softball tournaments, antique tractor pull, airplane and Life Link helicopter display, kiddie parade, supper in the park and fireworks on Saturday; community worship service, pancake breakfast in the park, kids' tractor pedal pull, arts and crafts, climbing wall, Little Miss Universe and Man in the Moon coronation, "show off your ride" vehicle display, parade at 2 p.m., grilled pork chop supper on Sunday and more; 320-583-0639.


Sacred Heart

SUMMER FEST: Friday will have the parade at 6 p.m. followed by entertainment at 7:30 p.m., and music at the municipal bar; on Saturday the family fun walk/run is at 9 a.m., followed by noon lunch, street dance; museum will be open 1 to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday with various activities.

Saturday-Sunday, Benson

KID DAY CELEBRATION: 79th annual celebration dedicated to kids; includes ranch style rodeo, parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, carnival, barbecue, coronation, antique car show, fly-in breakfast, fireworks; 320-843-3618.

Tuesday-July 26, Glenwood

WATERAMA: Kiddie parade, water shows, running races, car show, fireworks, dances, sports tournaments, art and craft show, community worship service, lighted pontoon parade at dusk Saturday; 100-unit parade 1 p.m. Sunday; 866-634-3636.


Sibley State Park

Interpretive Center open during the week; call 320-354-2002 for hours.

Sibley State park programs are on the weekends at the Interpretive Center and are led by the park naturalist or visiting expert. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 320-354-2002.

Dragons in the air: 10 a.m. today. Sibley is home to over 20 different dragonflies. Following a PowerPoint presentation on these insects with the amphibian-like lifestyle, we'll go hunting for dragons!

Amazing Amphibians: 2 p.m. today. Sibley State Park is a home for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota. Learn about frogs, toads and salamanders.

DNR fish hatchery tour: 10 a.m. Friday. A tour of the fish hatchery in New London will leave from the interpretive center by personal auto. A DNR fisheries employee will help you examine walleye egg stripping, incubation, hatching, fry rearing and stocking.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 2 p.m. Friday. Have you heard the "wail" of the loon and wished you knew more about Minnesota's state bird? Discover the calls of the loon, its habitat, food requirements and family life.

Prairie wildflowers: 10 a.m. Saturday. Take a stroll to examine and identify native prairie wildflowers and explore their uses. Tour will also examine the park staff efforts to restore this rare natural resource.

Fish features and facts: 2 p.m. Saturday. Using fish pillows and posters we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

Remarkable Reptiles: 7 p.m. Saturday. Sibley is home for 11 of the 29 species of reptiles found in Minnesota. Learn about snakes, turtles and lizards.

Bald Eagle: 11 a.m. Sunday. A PowerPoint program examining the life, culture and history dedicated to our national symbol, the bald eagle plus discover the bald eagles of Sibley.

Upper Sioux Agency

GRANITE FALLS -- The Upper Sioux Agency State Park has several upcoming events. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office.

Geocaching 101: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Visitor Center; program on geocaching, which uses a GPS unit to find caches hidden in the out of doors. After finding the cache, geocachers sign the log, trade trinkets and collect a Minnesota state park geocaching wildlife safari critter card; an activity for families, youth groups or individuals.

Explore the night sky: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, parking lot near the tipis; Joe Hauger, local night sky enthusiast, will be there with his telescope to show you features in the night sky. Saturn should be visible right after sunset and Jupiter rises about 11:30 p.m.

Prairie Woods ELC

At Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, hikers are welcome on the grounds during daylight hours at no cost. Pets must be on a leash. Contact PWELC at 320-354-5894 or by e-mail at For more information check the Web site at or call.

Lower Sioux Agency

The Lower Sioux Agency Historic Site is nine miles east of Redwood Falls on Redwood County 2. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and holidays and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $4 for ages 6-12. For more information call 507-697-6321 or check the Minnesota Historical Society Web site at

Footprints of History: Join a guided tour which will offer insights into traditional Dakota culture; how the lives of the Dakota changed because of government policies and treaties; the role and purpose of the Lower Sioux Agency; how the Agency would have looked 150 years ago; and the events that led up to the U.S.-Dakota War. Tours begin at 11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Dakota Indian games children's program: 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; play double ball, bone and pin and moccasin games.

Physical activities

Robbins Island Beach

Life guards on duty, 1 to 6 p.m. daily, weather permitting; North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Rice Park wading pool

Open daily, 1 to 6 p.m., weather permitting; Kandiyohi Avenue and Second Street Southwest, Willmar.

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

Open daily, noon to 7 p.m.; $3, non-swimmer $2, group rate $2.50; 1601 22nd St. S.W., Willmar; Lucky Duck Thursdays, every Thursday in July admission is $1 plus a non-perishable food item

Disc Golf course

Open during park hours, park in main lot, 9-hole starts where one-way road begins; Robbins Island, North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Grind Central Skate Park

Open during daylight hours, Washington Learning Center; 325 Willmar Ave. S.W., Willmar

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Events must be open to the public. Arts events are listed in today's arts calendar. Benefits for individuals and fundraisers for non-profit organizations are listed in Friday's Good Neighbors. The deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday.