County fairs

Lac qui Parle County: Sept. 5-8, Madison

Prairie Pothole Day

NEW LONDON – The 37th annual Prairie Pothole Day outdoors celebration will be Saturday, Sept. 7, with dog trials, black powder shoot, archery competition, slough scoot, walk in the woods, kids’ activities, food, raffle, duck calling contest, goose calling contest and more. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stoney Ridge Farm near the intersection of state Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 71 north of Sibley State Park.

Threshing Days

ATWATER – Atwater Threshing Days are Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8. Experience farm life in the bygone days: tractor parade at 1 p.m. daily, threshing, sawmill, flour mill, corn shredding, ensilage cutter, sorghum press, shingle making, butter churning, rug making, spinning, jelly making. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult admission is $8, 12 and under admitted free. Call 320-974-8588 for more. Show grounds are located one mile east of Atwater on U.S. Highway 12, then a quarter-mile south on Kandi-Meeker Road. The street address is 1100 Kandi-Meeker Road Atwater.

Patriot Day 9/11 Remembrance

WILLMAR – The Thee Book Club presents a patriotic event to honor first responders, police and fire personnel and the military at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Willmar City Auditorium. The speaker will be author William Federer. His “American Minute” radio feature is broadcast daily.

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

Explore Turkey: Sept. 4, 6 p.m. Join us as we explore the country of Turkey. 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.

Nerf, capture the flag: Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m., ages 18 and up. Play capture the flag in the library. Bring your own unmodified Rival blaster or reserve a library blaster online. Rounds will be provided by the library. An after-hours program, so don’t be late, because the doors will be locked at 5:30 p.m. No cost and no registration.

Teen Advisory Board: Sept. 6, 3:30 p.m. Help plan library programs and events, choose materials, and make the library a better place for teens.

Zumba for adults: Sept. 7, 10 a.m., ages 18 and older. Michelle will lead the dance workout; wear comfortable clothing, tennis shoes and bring a water bottle. No cost and no registration.

Teen active games: Sept. 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Get your body moving with indoor games, table tennis, badminton and virtual reality games.

Children’s Book Club: Sept. 10, 4 to 5 p.m. grades 2 to 6. September’s book is “Amal Unbound” by Aisha Saeed. Club will discuss the book and there will be several activities and a snack. New members always welcome.

Cookbook Club: Sept. 10, 7 p.m. September’s theme is apples; bring a dish to share based on the theme and the recipe.

Lego Club: Sept. 11, 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, donations of additional Legos welcome.

Adult game night: Sept. 11, 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.

Yoga for adults: Sept. 12, 6 p.m. Candice Clemens will offer a yoga session for anyone who wants to try yoga, advance registration is required.

Teen Gaming Club: Sept. 13, 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: Sept. 13, 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!

Mocktails and masterpieces: Sept. 14, 2 p.m. Enjoy a beverage while painting with Gallery on the Go with Alli. Ages 18 and up, advance registration is required.

Curiosity Day: Sept. 16, 10 to 10:45 a.m., for families with young children. Celebrate with Curious George with stories, crafts, songs, games and a snack.

Movie matinee: Sept. 17, 2 p.m., R rated.

Teen bad movie: Sept. 17, 4 p.m. Join us for movies that are so bad, they’re good.

Lunch Bunch Book Club: Sept. 18, noon. September’s book is “The Witch Elm” by Tana French. Club meets at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Center in Willmar. Everyone is welcome.

Board game afternoon: Sept. 18, 4 to 5 p.m. for grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Come play traditional board games, enjoy refreshments, feel free to bring your own board games.

Teen hangout: Sept. 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come to the library for a place to just hang out and do whatever. We’ve got video games, arts and crafts board and card games, snacks and beverages.

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 to register for any events in advance;

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 state Department of Natural Resources website at For more information, call 320-354-2002.