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Weekend festivities for Willmar, Minn., region



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

Redwood Falls

Redwood County Fair, today through Sunday


Willmar Public Library Harry Potter movie marathon and costume contest: The seven Harry Potter movies will be shown over four days and there will be a costume contest between the movies each night. The best overall costume will be voted on by library staff and the winner will receive two tickets to the midnight showing of the new final movie at the Spicer Cinema. You may enter the contest multiple times as long as the costume is different. The shows are Friday: "...Sorcerer's Stone" at 6 p.m. and "...Chamber of Secrets" at 8:45 p.m.; Saturday: "...Prisoner of Azkaban" at 2 p.m. and "...Goblet of Fire" at 4:35 p.m.; Monday: "...Order of the Phoenix" at 6 p.m. and "...Half Blood Prince" at 8:30 p.m.; and Tuesday: "...Deathly Hallows, Part 1" at 6 p.m. with the costume contest before the movie. There will be a Harry Potter trivia contest during intermissions along with both Muggle and Wizarding World food. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.


Ice cream social and children's carnival, 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia; children's carnival games, cake walk, silent auction, farmer's market, bake sale, barbecues, hot dogs, potato salad, beans, chips, pie ala mode, root beer floats, lemonade.

Community celebrations

Today-Sunday, Danube

FUN DAYS: Kids' treasure hunt, adult medallion hunt and secret person/phrase, ice cream social, barbecue pork supper, golf and volleyball tournament, waffle feed, Amazing Race, kids' carnival, car show, kids street dance, adult street dance with D.N.A., grand parade at 2 p.m. Saturday and more.

Today-Sunday, Litchfield

WATERCADE: Medallion hunt, art in the park, kiddie parade, lake activities, run, walk, bike ride, music, lip sync contest, fishing contest, tennis, golf and softball tournaments, fireworks, grande parade 6 p.m. Saturday; Little Crow Water Ski show 1 p.m. and queen's coronation on Sunday.

Today-Sunday, Clara City

PRAIRIE FEST DAYS: Grand parade 4 p.m. Saturday, street dance, beer garden; chili cook-off, games in the park, queen coronation, firemen's pancake breakfast, trap shoot, kiddie parade, 5k run, tennis and golf tournaments, karaoke contest; Selah concert 7 p.m. today.


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.

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.

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.