Around Our Region published Aug. 7, 2019

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GILFILLAN ESTATE – Annual trade show: Aug. 7-8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Gilfillan Estate; between Morgan and Redwood Falls,

Antique Car Run

NEW LONDON – Aug. 7-10, 33rd annual New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run features cars from 1915 and earlier; country tours Aug. 7-9, leaving from New London daily; run to New Brighton on Aug. 10.

Dragon Boat Racing

STARBUCK – Aug. 9-10, co-ed races on Lake Minnewaska; boats provided.

American Pickers

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team plan to film episodes of the hit series “American Pickers” throughout Minnesota in October 2019. The documentary series explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on the History channel.

The show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizable, unique collections, learn the interesting stories behind them and meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.


American Pickers is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send the name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-653-7878.

Movies in the Park

WILLMAR – The movie “How to Train Your Dragon” will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Robbins Island in Willmar. There will be activities for one hour before the movie; free popcorn and pop, bring a chair or blanket and bug spray. In case of bad weather, the event will be at the City Auditorium in downtown Willmar.

Heritage Hill

MONTEVIDEO – 39th annual Threshing Show Aug. 16-18 at Heritage Hill, four miles east of Montevideo; steam threshing, lumber sawing, old tractors, flea market, crafts and food; gates open 7 a.m. daily.

Stockade Rendezvous

FOREST CITY – The annual Forest City Stockade Rendezvous is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17-18; pioneer crafts, food and more; 6 miles northeast of Litchfield, admission charged.

City Celebrations

Belgrade Augustfest: Aug. 9-10, parade 4 p.m. Aug. 10

Bechyn Czech Festival: Aug. 11.

Raymond Harvest Fest: Aug. 23-25, grand day parade 1 p.m. Aug. 24.

County Fairs

Stevens County: Aug. 6-11, Morris


Renville County: Aug. 7-9, Bird Island

Kandiyohi County: Aug. 7-10, Willmar

Swift County: Aug. 14-18, Appleton

Willmar Public Library

WILLMAR – The Willmar Public Library has the following events scheduled for the coming weeks. For more information, call the library at 320-235-3162. All are free, register in advance at the checkout desk or by phone if required. Some registrations available online at

Summer Reading: through Aug. 31, the summer reading program is open to preschoolers through high school, register at the library.

Read Down your Fines: through Aug. 31, read at the library and up to $20 in PSL fines can be written off. See library for details.

Lego club: Aug. 7, 4 to 5 p.m., kindergarten through sixth grade, no registration is necessary. You will create a new structure each time that will be put on display. Legos provided, but donations of additional Legos welcome.

Explore Indonesia: Aug. 7, 6 p.m., Join us as we explore the country of Indonesia. Try a variety of snacks, listen to music, and test your trivia knowledge about the country. No cost and no registration. Everyone age 18 and older is welcome.


Little People Storytime: Aug. 8, 10 a.m., for parents and children infant to age 8. Designed with toddlers in mind, class might be called “kids on the move, books in the background.” There will be music, fingerplays and stories. There is no fee, but you must call Community Education at 320-231-8490 to register.

Children’s Story Hour: Aug. 9, 10 a.m., families are welcome for the cultural story hours this summer as we travel around the world hearing stories from different countries. We will listen to stories, music, fingerplays and other activities.

Teen gaming club: Aug. 9, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., play games on the HTC Vive VR set and Xbox One or board and card games. Some are rated 13+.

After Hours at the Library: Aug. 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., every second Friday after Gaming Club, when the library's doors close at 5:30, we will reopen them for teens to continue to hang out and have some fun!

Teen Active Games: Aug. 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., get your body moving with indoor games, table tennis, badminton and VR games.

Teen book club: Aug. 16, 4 to 5 p.m. ages 13 and older, meet at the library, discuss this month’s book “Wilder Girls” by Rory Power.

Sibley State Park program: Aug. 14, 10 a.m., Join a state park naturalist for hands-on family friendly program on storms; all ages, no registration is necessary.

Adult game night: Aug. 14, 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 welcome. No cost and no registration. Refreshments provided.

Children’s Story Hour: Aug. 16, 10 a.m., families are welcome for the cultural story hours this summer as we travel around the world hearing stories from different countries. This week is Cherokee legends and local farming. We will listen to stories, music, fingerplays and other activities, weekly through Aug. 23.

Teen bad movie: Aug. 20, 4 p.m., join us for movies that are so band, they’re good.

Teen hangout: Aug. 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Come to the library for a place to just hangout and do whatever. We’ve got video games, arts and crafts (decorating notebooks), board and card games.

Lunch Bunch Book Club: Aug. 21, noon. August’s book is “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean, meets at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Center in Willmar. Everyone is welcome.

Prairie Woods ELC

SPICER – The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes mountain bikers and hikers on the grounds during daylight hours at no cost. Pets should be on a leash. Call 320-354-5894 for more information;

Sibley State Park

NEW LONDON – The Interpretive Center’s hours vary. Sibley State Park programs are at the Interpretive Center and are led by the park naturalist or visiting expert. The programs are free but a vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For current information on weekend naturalist programs visit the DNR Web site at . For more information call 320-354-2002.

Fish Frenzy: Aug. 9, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Meet at the picnic tables by the Lake Andrew Fishing Pier and visit with the naturalist to find out what fish are in the lake and how you can check them. All equipment provided, poles and tackle provided, Minnesota residents do not need a fishing license.

I Can Fish, pre-registration program: Aug. 10, noon to 2 p.m., Adults and children age 5 and older, join us on the shores of Lake Andrew for an introduction to fishing! Poles and equipment included. meet at the fishing pier. Pre-registration and a $7 fee for ages 12 and older is required. Call 1-866-857-2757 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. (excluding holidays)

Animal Live: Aug. 10, noon to 1 p.m., Each week we will meet a live animal. Meet in the Interpretive Center downstairs theater.

Wildflower Wonder: Aug. 10, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Join the naturalist for a casual walk through the prairie with frequent stops to identify a diverse range of prairie wildflowers.

Veteran's Conservation Corps Hike: Aug. 10, 1 to 3 p.m., Meet the men who built Sibley State Park by hand in the 1930’s. Meet at the Lakeview Campground shelter and walk along the beach.

Parks on the Air Live: Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., join amateur ham radio operator, Ron Wall, as he communicates with other operators around the world live at Sibley State Park at the Lakeview Campground Shelter built by the VCC. He will have Civilian Conservation and Veterans' Conservation Corps memorabilia on display.

Turtle Tuesday: Aug. 10, 2 to 3 p.m. Join the naturalist for a family friendly program to play a turtle game or hear a turtle story before we meet a live painted or snapping turtle.

Black Bears of the Prairie: Aug. 10, 7 to 8 p.m. Explore the incredible adaptations that allow prairie black bears to live in locations throughout the state.

Centennial event – Full Moon Walk: Aug. 15, 9 to 10 p.m. Join the Naturalist for a walk under the stars. Toe-covered shoes recommended as trail does have periodic poison ivy.

Volunteer Ventures: Aug. 23, noon to 2 p.m. Want to make a difference through volunteering? Join the park naturalist once a month during the summer for a three part series. Each month will take an hour to contribute to park, either pulling an invasive species, picking up garbage or conducting citizen science. Then we will explore an area of the park together. Long pants and/or tall boots recommended. A light long sleeve and sun protection, water bottle and snacks is also highly encouraged.

Centennial event – Water Wing Ding: Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Interpretive Center unless noted. Sibley has turned 100. Go for a guided canoe paddle on Lake Andrew from 9 to 11 a.m., children must be 4 or older, life jackets and gear provided, pre-registration required; catch water critters in the pond from noon to 1 p.m., become a Beach Beaver during this naturalist program on Lake Andrew and learn how beavers are adapted for life in the water and in the beaver dam challenge on the beach near the picnic tables. Finish the day live music by Chris Holm, an acoustic folk blues and country musician from 4 to 5:30 p.m. from Chris Holm, pack a blanket or a chair and a picnic to enjoy on the hill below the Lake Andrew Campground by the fish cleaning building. Parking available by the beach.

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