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Weekend activities



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


Sonshine, today through Saturday, Willmar Civic Center; five stages, featuring more than 100 bands; 29th annual Christian music festival which draws nearly 19,000 people; camping available.

New London

Little Crow Water Ski Team, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Neer Park; adults $5, students $3, 6 and under admitted free.


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

New London

Farmers Market, 7 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Banner Oak Pottery.


Ice cream social, 6 p.m. Sunday, Svea Lutheran Church; music by the Croro Creek Gospel Band.

Community celebrations


Sacred Heart

SUMMER FEST: Friday will have the parade at 6 p.m. followed by entertainment at 7:30 p.m. and adult dance; family fun walk/run, noon meal, all-school reunion with grand march followed by prom, street dance on Saturday; community worship service and whopper feed on Sunday; museum will be open 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. program Sunday and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Friday-Sunday, Cosmos

SPACE FESTIVAL: 42nd 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.

Saturday-Sunday, Benson

KID DAY CELEBRATION: 80th annual celebration dedicated to kids; includes ranch style rodeo, parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, carnival, barbecue, coronation, antique car show, fly-in breakfast.


Prairie Woods ELC

The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes hikers on the grounds during daylight hours at no cost. Pets should 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.

I Can Fish: 10 a.m. today; following a 60-minute talk on fishing safety, identification, equipment, location and how to fish, we'll go fishing in Lake Andrew. All fishing equipment and bait provided. Limit 20 kids with at least one adult. Pre-register at the interpretive center. Vehicle needed.

Wet and wild bugs: 2 p.m. today; 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.

DNR fish hatchery tour: 10 a.m. Friday; tour the fish hatchery in New London. We 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.

Snakes of Sibley: 2 p.m. Friday; join the naturalist enter into the snake's world with this live snake demonstration.

Minnaqua, kids fishing program: 10 a.m. Saturday; kids' program on fish and fishing; bring parents and make fish prints and your very own fishing lure; learn about fishing tackle boxes and what's in them.

Prairie wildflowers I.D. and use: 2 p.m. Saturday; take a stroll to examine and identify native prairie wildflowers and explore their uses; will also examine the park staff efforts to restore this rare natural resource.

Birds of prey: 7 p.m. Saturday; join Bruce Gilbertson and his red-tailed hawk for a program about hawks, owls, eagles and falcons. He will speak on identification, hunting styles, prey and the life history of our local birds of prey.

Amazing Amphibians: 11 a.m. Sunday; Sibley State Park is a home for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota, learn about frogs, toads and salamanders.

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; ages 6 and under; 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, behind the Washington Learning Center building; 325 Willmar Ave. S.W., Willmar

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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.