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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. Highway 12.

New London

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

Community celebrations

Today-Sunday, Litchfield


Friday-Sunday, Pennock

PENNOCK FUN DAYS: pet show, antique tractor parade, ice cream social and children's coronation on Friday evening; flower show, antique tractor pull, 4-wheeler pull, children's games, kid's tractor pull, firemen's lunch and supper, street dance and parade at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, Hanley Falls

HARVEST FEST THRESHING SHOW: Old time threshing, corn shelling, rope making, sawing logs, swap meet, kids' games, antique tractors and machinery display, food; 320-289-1666.

Saturday-Sunday, Lake Lillian

FUN DAYS: Grande parade 4 p.m. Saturday followed my meal and entertainment by "Specials Lit"; community worship service, pancake feed, car show and vendors on Sunday; 320-664-4111.

Saturday-Sunday, Hanley Falls

PIONEER POWER THRESHING SHOW: Antique tractors and engines, pedal pull, flea market, parade; machinery museum; 507-485-3151.

Sunday, Paynesville

FESTIVAL OF ETHNIC TRADITIONS: noon to 5 p.m., Paynesville High School practice fields.


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.

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.

Butterflies, winged wildflowers: 10 a.m. today; explore one of nature's most beautiful and graceful creatures while observing some of the more than 54 different butterflies in Sibley.

Remarkable Reptiles: 2 p.m. today; Sibley is home for 11 of the 29 species of reptiles found in Minnesota. Learn about snakes, turtles and lizards.

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.

Monarch's miracle: 2 p.m. Friday; PowerPoint presentation on the changes in this butterfly and its migration.

Wet and wild bugs: 10 a.m. Saturday; join us for a look at the seldom seen world of aquatic insects. Examine snorkelers, scuba divers, insects that swim on their backs and underwater dragonflies. PowerPoint and collecting walk.

Geocaching for Beginners: 2 p.m. Saturday; learn the basics about the rapidly growing hobby of geocaching, learn how it started and as well as a brief history on navigation. GPS units provided. Limit of 20, age 8 or older and children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at the interpretive center.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 7 p.m. Saturday. 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.

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

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.

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

If you would like your Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday event listed in Weekend, submit it online at Click on "submit event" under the calendar on the home page and fill out the form.

Or write the information briefly and mail it to: Weekend, West Central Tribune, Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201 or e-mail with Weekend in the subject line.

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.