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County fair season in full swing across west central Minnesota

Carter Willprecht, left, of Litchfield and his brother Troy ride the Scrambler during the 2010 Meeker County Fair in Litchfield. This year's fair runs through Sunday. (Tribune file photo by Ron Adams)



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

Redwood Falls

FARMFEST: Annual tradeshow; exhibits, crafts, antique tractors, demonstrations, seed plots, Gilfillan Estate; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; admission $10, 18 and under free; 1-800-827-8007.


POPE COUNTY FAIR: through Sunday.


CHIPPEWA COUNTY FAIR: through Saturday.


MEEKER COUNTY FAIR: through Sunday.

New London

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

Granite Falls

UPPER SIOUX COMMUNITY WACIPI POWWOW: Warm up dances 7 p.m. Friday, dances at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.


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


YOUTH BICYCLE ROUNDUP: A bicycle rodeo for ages 7 and under at the Willmar Community Center Saturday; family bike ride starting at Robbins Island; register for both between 9 and 10:30 a.m. at the Community Center; free, sponsored by Community Ed and Rec; 320-231-8490.

Hanley Falls

PIONEER POWER THRESHING SHOW: Antique tractors and engines, pedal pull, flea market, parade Saturday and Sunday; machinery museum; 507-768-3552.

Community celebrations

Friday-Saturday, Pennock

PENNOCK FUN DAYS: Pet show, tractor barrel rolling contest, threshing bee from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by antique tractor parade, ice cream social and children's coronation on Friday evening; Saturday starts with the parade at 11 a.m., kid's activities, bingo, antique tractor pull, kid's tractor pull, food available all afternoon and musical entertainment from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Friday-Sunday, Lake Lillian

FUN DAYS: Grande parade at 4 p.m. Saturday followed by meal, kid's games and street dance; community worship service and pancake feed on Sunday; 320-664-4111.


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.

Kids -- I Can Fish: 10 a.m. today; following a 30-minute talk at the interpretive center on fish identification, equipment and how to fish, we'll go fishing in Lake Andrew; all fishing equipment and bait provided; limit 20 kids and they must be accompanied by an adult. Register at the interpretive center or call 320-354-2002; vehicle needed.

Digital nature photography for kids: 2 p.m. today; kids have fun learning how to use a digital camera; take your own photos of nature and then print one to take home; digital cameras furnished; limit 12 people, must be 14 years of age or older or accompanied by an adult. Reservations required, call 320-354-2055.

Prairie wildflowers I.D. and use: 10 a.m. Friday; take a stroll to examine and identify native prairie wildflowers and explore their uses; walk will also examine the park staff efforts to restore this rare natural resource.

Geocaching 101, High-Tech Treasure Hunt: 2 p.m. Friday; join this high-tech treasure hunt and learn the basics of this new worldwide recreational sport; GPS units provided; limit of 20, age 8 or older and children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance reservation required, register at the interpretive center or park office.

Snakes of Sibley: 7 p.m. Friday; join the naturalist and enter into the snake's world with this live snake demonstration; a bull snake and possibly others will make an appearance.

I can paddle: 10 a.m. Saturday; workshop will help you and your family develop the skills necessary for a lifetime of paddling; hands-on experience paddling some of the most scenic lakes and rivers in Minnesota under expert guidance in a small group.

Digital nature photography for kids: 2 p.m. Saturday; kids have fun learning how to use a digital camera; take your own photos of nature and then print one to take home; digital cameras furnished; limit 12 people, must be 14 years of age or older or accompanied by an adult. Reservations required, call 320-354-2055.

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.

Animal track making for kids: 11 a.m. Sunday; learn about animal tracks by making tracks from plaster of paris and rubber molds.

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 per person including observers, group rate for 10 or more $2.50; 1601 22nd St. S.W., Willmar.

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, Swansson Fields; southwest 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.