Around Our Region published June 22, 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.

Graphic art of a 2022 12-month calendar

Area town celebrations

Willmar: Willmar Fests, June 22-27, Grande Day parade 10:30 a.m. Saturday; more information online at

Dawson: Riverfest, June 24-26, go online for more information at

Granite Falls: Western Fest, June 24-26, PRCA rodeo at Lee Mar Ranch; more information online at or on Facebook at

Spicer: Fourth of July, July 1-4, kiddie parade, arts and crafts show, boat parade, street dance, road race, grand parade, and fireworks.

Prinsburg: Fourth of July celebration, July 2, fun, dinner, afternoon of events with parade at 5 p.m.


Maynard: July 4, parade, picnic, afternoon entertainment in the park and fireworks.

Madison: Summerfest, July 4, go online for more information at

Youth and Family

Little Crow Water Ski Shows: June 24, 7:30 p.m., Neer Park in New London. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, preschoolers get in free; reserved seating $8.

West Central Dairy Days Cattle Show: June 24, 10:30 a.m., Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds. Youth ages 5 to 21, as of Jan. 1, can exhibit in classes for all six dairy breeds. Awards for Junior and Grand Champion Overall, plus Junior, Intermediate and Senior Showmanship. For entry forms, contact Mary Swart at or 320-220-0904 or Lane Johnson at 320-815-1276 .

Summer Vacation Kids Movies: 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, Golden Ticket Cinemas, Uptown Willmar, $1 movie, $5 movie, popcorn, and drink combo. June 22, “The Croods A New Age,” June 27 and June 29 “Tom and Jerry."

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: June 22, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Gig Noonan and Willmar Fests Senior Coronation.

Friday afternoon of dancing: June 24, 1 to 4 p.m., music by Jerry’s Band; $7 dancers, $2 listeners.


Willmar Fests Senior Club Ambassador Coronation: June 22, 2 p.m. Join the Willmar Senior Club as it crowns the 2023 royalty.

Royal Little Art Session: June 24, 1 to 4 p.m., free. The Willmar Fests Ambassadors and candidates are joining us for this special princess-themed art session.

Cooking with Riley — Sushi with a Twist: June 25, 2 p.m., $25. Let’s make sushi and sushi hand-rolls. If you missed our first sushi class, here’s your chance to try sushi again.

Community Book Club: June 27, 3:30 p.m., free. Join for a discussion and new book picked each month.

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

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

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 restriction apply.

Book cover redesign contest: June 1-July 2. Create a cover design for one of your favorite books. Pick up a blank book cover sheet and return your finished book cover redesign within the contest dates.

Rec & Read at Miller Park: Every Tuesday at 1 p.m.

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

Rec & Read at Rice Park: Every Thursday at 1 p.m.

Royal Storytime at Miller Park: June 23, 10 a.m. Join the Willmar Fests princesses for stories and cookies. If there's rain, the event will be moved to the library.

Teen indoor camping: June 24, 6 to 9 p.m., ages 12-17, advance registration required. After hours at the library, make tents, watch a movie, eat s'mores and play games in the dark.

Survivor packs speaker: June 25, 1 p.m., teens and adults. Mason Grove from Minnesota Primitive Skills and Survival School teaches how to put together a survival kit that fits your environment and yourself, and how to use the items you include, bring a notebook and pencil/pen.


Health series: June 28, 2 p.m. A representative from Woodland Centers will be teaching ways to prevent isolation and depression as people age.

Pajama-rama storytime: June 28, 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.

Teen Take & Make Crafts: June 20 opened for dinosaur keychain. 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. Origami Stars opens June 13 and Sun Prints open June 27. For ages 18 and over, limit one per person, supplies 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. June’s theme is adventure.

Classic movie for adults: July 5, 5:30 p.m., “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” No cost or registration, popcorn and refreshments provided.

Teen craft — forest book nook: July 6, 6 p.m., for ages 12-18 and guardians. Learn how to make a magical forest book nook. All supplies are provided and it will take at least an hour to complete. Advance registration required.

Book a librarian: Set up an hour-long, one-on-one appointment with a librarian for help with computer skills, tablets, research and more. Appointments can be made in person, by calling 320-235-3162 or online library’s website under adult services.


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. .

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, 1601 22nd St. S.W., Willmar. Cost is $3 per person including observers. Season passes and 10-visit punch card passes available. Lap swimming, 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Special events include the Queen’s Splash at 3:30 p.m. June 22.

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.

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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