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.

New London

Little Crow Water Ski Team, 7 p.m. Friday, Neer Park; adult tickets are $5, students are $3

Heritage Hill

MONTEVIDEO – The 39th annual Threshing Show is 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, admission charged.

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 at the site 6 miles northeast of Litchfield, admission charged.

County fairs

Swift County: Aug. 14-18, Appleton

Grind Central Skate Park

Open during daylight hours, Swansson Fields; southwest Willmar.

Robbins Island Beach

Swimming is allowed during daylight hours, no lifeguards, North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

Open daily, 1 to 6 p.m.; $3 per person including observers; 1601 22nd St. S.W., Willmar.

Rice Park Splash Pad

Splash pad and changing rooms, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, 805 3rd St. S.W.

Disc golf courses

Willmar: Open during park hours, park in main lot, 18-hole starts where one-way road begins; Robbins Island, North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Ridgewater College, Willmar: 9-hole course starts by the tennis courts, park in the far east student lot since it is the closest to the course.

Atwater: Tadd Lake Disc Golf course, 12-hole course starts by softball field parking lot.

Cosmos: Cosmos County Park next to Thompson Lake, 9 holes starts with Hole No. 1 shooting downhill toward the lake.

Granite Falls: Rice Park, downtown, 9-hole course that runs along the east side of the Minnesota River.

Montevideo: Lagoon Park along the Chippewa River and Chinhinta Park near Sanford Elementary School

Prairie Woods ELC

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. Contact PWELC at 320-354-5894 or by email at For more information, visit

Sibley State Park

Sibley State Park programs are held 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. The Interpretive Center’s hours vary. For more information call 320-354-2002. For current information on naturalist programs visit the web site at Sibley State Park is west of New London just off U.S. Highway 71.

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.