Around Our Region published Aug. 3, 2022

The weekly Around Our Region calendar of events is published Wednesdays. Submissions may be emailed to with “Around our Region” in the subject line at least a week in advance.

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Area town celebrations

Lake Lillian: Fun Days, Aug. 4-7, go online for more information at the city of Lake Lillian's Facebook page

Pennock: Fun Days, Aug. 5-7, go online for more information at

Belgrade: Augustfest, Aug. 12-13, go online for more information at

Bechyn: Czech Heritage Festival, Aug. 14, 31st annual festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; call 320-522-1218 for more information

Grove City: Windmill Days, Aug. 19-21, go online for more information at


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The weekly Around Our Region calendar of events is published Wednesdays. Submissions may be emailed to with “Around our Region” in the subject line at least a week in advance.
The Kandiyohi County Historical Society is celebrating its 125th anniversary at the Pioneer Cabin on the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds.
The Kandiyohi County Fair closed Saturday after the annual week of events.

County Fairs

Pope County: Aug. 3-6, Glenwood,

Meeker County: Aug. 3-7, Litchfield,

Kandiyohi County: Aug. 10-13, Willmar,

Renville County: Aug. 10-12, Bird Island,

Swift County: Aug. 17-21, Appleton,

Lac qui Parle County: Sept. 8-11, Madison,

Youth and Family

Little Crow Water Ski Shows: Aug. 5, 7 p.m., Neer Park in New London. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, preschoolers get in free; reserved seating is $8.


Farmfest: Aug. 2-4, Gilfillan Estate, southeast of Redwood Falls,

Wacipi: Aug. 5-8, Upper Sioux Community Pezihutazizi Oyate, traditional Wacipi powwow

Hanley Falls: Aug. 6-7 at the Minnesota Machinery Museum, the 47th annual The Good Old Days and Threshing Show, featuring all things J.I. Case and Fairbanks Morse engines. Admission is $10 for adults, ages 12 and under are free with an adult.

New London Antique Car Run: Aug. 10-13, 36th annual New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run. Country tours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday leave from New London each day. The 120-mile trek on Saturday, patterned after the British Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton, England, features cars from 1915 and earlier. The finish line is in Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton.

Summer Movies in the Park: Aug. 19, 8 p.m., Baker Field at Bill Taunton Stadium. Willmar Parks and Recreation presents free movie night featuring Angels in the Outfield.”

Forest City Stockade Rendezvous: Aug. 20-21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $5, ages 12 and under free; pioneer crafts, food and more at the site 6 miles northeast of Litchfield.

Summer Vacation Kids Movies: 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, Golden Ticket Cinemas, Uptown Willmar, $1 movie, $$5 combo of movie, popcorn and drink. Aug. 3 “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” and Aug. 8 and Aug. 10 “The Lego Batman Movie.”

Physical activities

Robbins Island: Destination Playground; 18-hole disc golf course starts north of playground; North Business Highway 71, Willmar.


Rice Park: Splash pad and changing rooms, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, 805 Third St. S.W. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center: Open noon to 7 p.m. daily at 1601 22nd St. S.W., Willmar. Cost is $3 per person including observers. Season passes and 10-visit punch card passes available. Lap swimming is 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Grind Central Skate Park: Open during daylight hours, Swansson Fields; southwest Willmar.

Archery Park: Open during daylight hours, located on 19th Avenue Southeast across from Walmart. Seven shooting lanes ranging from 10 to 70 yards. For all ages but children under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Willmar Public Library

WILLMAR — The Willmar Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The website is . Call 320-235-3162 . Curbside pickup remains available during regular hours. Programs are in person in the library. The WiFi can be accessed 24/7 from a parked car in the lot behind the library or in front of the building using your library card or through Overdrive.

Summer reading: June 6-Aug. 31. Participate in one of our summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults.

Read Down Your Fines: June 1-Aug. 31, ages 0-18. Got fines? Read them away — 15 minutes of reading equals $1 off your account. Read up to $20 off your account. Some restrictions apply.

Little People storytime: Every Wednesday, 10 a.m., ages 0-3, no registration required.

Lego Club: Aug. 3, 4 to 5 p.m., kindergarten through sixth grade, no registration is necessary. Test your creativity and skills on the first Wednesday of the month.

Children's Matinee: Aug. 5, 4 p.m., no cost or registration, popcorn provided.

Summer reading pool party: Aug. 7, 2 p.m. Children who participated in the summer reading program can register at the library for the pool party at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center. Limited to 150 people, caregivers and children only.

Camp movie matinee: Aug. 8, 2 p.m., “The Parent Trap” (1998), no registration required, snacks included.

Teen hangout: Aug. 10, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required. Enjoy video games, arts and crafts, board and card games, snacks and beverages.

Seed harvesting: Aug. 11, 5 p.m., no registration required. Unsure how to harvest seeds at the end of the season? Come to our program in partnership with the Master Gardeners.

Teen Gaming Club: Aug. 12, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required. Play games on the Xbox One or board and card games. Some games are rated 13+

Master Gardener Table Topics: Aug. 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ask a Master Gardener questions. August theme is tomatoes and garden pests.

Adult game night: Aug. 16, 6 to 8 p.m. Invite your friends to play some of the library’s games or bring a favorite from home. Everyone 16 and over are welcome. No cost and no registration. Refreshments provided.

Words on Paper: Aug. 17, 3 p.m., no registration required. Books that shaped and reflected America 1950-70 presented by Minnesota author Forrest Peterson. Copies of his books will be available to purchase at the event.

Teen movie: Aug. 17, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required, popcorn and refreshments provided.

Adult Book Club: Aug. 18, noon, “The Streel” by Mary Logue. Book discussion upstairs at the library. New members are always welcome.

Adult movie matinee: Aug. 19, 2 p.m., no cost or registration, “The Lost City,” refreshments provided.

Pajama-rama storytime: Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m. Come in your pajamas, bring a blanket and listen to stories. Milk and cookies afterward before you head home to bed.

Little Art Session: Aug. 24, 3 to 6 p.m., free. Create art to be on display in our community art galleries.

Teen Book Club: Aug. 26, 4 p.m., club discussion of this month’s book in the multipurpose room, no registration necessary, snacks and beverages provided.

Spider-Man Escape Room: Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., all ages. Can you escape from Oscorp in time to help Spider-Man save the city? Played in a group of two to four, those 12 and under need at least one adult present. Register in advance on the library website for a set block of time.

Health Series: Aug. 31, 1 p.m. Hear for the Health of It! A presentation on age-related hearing loss from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Advance registration requested at the library or online at .

Nailed It! challenge: Aug. 1-20, all ages. Can you nail this mystery dessert challenge? Register for a Nailed It! Kit on the library website, one kit per person. Photo submissions must be turned in by Aug. 20.

Teen take-and-make: Aug. 1 opened for watermelon fan and Aug. 15 opens for ice cream key chain. For ages 12-18, limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.

Adult make-and-take: Crafts are posted on the website as they are available. Aug. 1 opened for watermelon fan and Aug. 15 opens for origami fruit bookmark corners. For ages 18 and over. Limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.

Teen lit loot: Sign up and you will receive a library book based on your interests and a bag of goodies to go with it. One per month and will need to re-register each month. July’s theme is mystery and August’s theme is mawaii.

Makerspace Equipment: Cricut, Dremel Stylo, button maker, jewelry stamping and sewing machine, equipment must be used in the library and consumable materials are not supplied. Makerspace users must agree to the Makerspace Policy and complete training on safety and equipment use. Make reservations on the library’s website under adult services.

Willmar Community Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center has several events set. All events are free unless noted. The phone number is 320-262-5288 . For reservations, call or go online at .

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: Aug. 3, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Duke Zecco.

Aging Wisely: Aug. 4, 1:30 p.m., free. Mark and Rosemary Glesener of the Bird Island Cultural Centre will speak about the history, events, and opportunities they offer.

Friday afternoon of dancing: Aug. 5, 1 to 4 p.m., music by Michael James; $7 dancers, $2 listeners.

Kandiyohi County Fair park and ride: Aug. 10-11, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., park at the Willmar Community Center and ride to the fair on the free shuttle.

Little Art Gallery session: Aug. 12, 3 to 5 p.m., free. Create art to be on display in our community art galleries.

Spotlight Theatre: Aug. 16, 3:46 p.m., production of "Snow White" by local youth, freewill donation. To participate in the production, see the Showcase section in today’s paper.

Coffee with the cops: Aug. 18, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Come have coffee with our local police officers, ask questions, or just come support our local law enforcement officers.

Cooking with Riley — shrimp boil: Aug. 20, 2 p.m., $30. Enjoy making a mess in this one-pot meal enjoyed in the Deep South. It includes baby potatoes; fresh, sweet summer corn; and shrimp. We’ll top everything off with herbs, spices and a delicious lemon garlic butter and make Mint Cucumber Lemonade. This month we are offering a BOGO option, bring your friend.

Senior Citizen Day luncheon: Aug. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a lunch of hot dog, chips, cookie and beverage for being an awesome senior in our community. Free for those 55 and older, while supplies last.

Garden bingo: Aug. 23, 2:30 p.m., $3 per person. An afternoon of bingo with a variety of local grown produce for the prizes.

Court whist tournament: Aug. 25, 12:30 p.m., advance registration required, $2 entry fee.

Community Book Club: Aug. 29, 3:30 p.m., free. Join for a discussion of “Remarkably Bright Creatures” by Shelby Van Pelt.

Weekly events: Chess club, Yahtzee, Farkle, Hand & Foot cards, puzzle exchange, exercise classes and open woodshop, contact Community Center for details and prices.

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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