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New London celebrates Water Days with parade, races and plenty of fun in the sun

The annual Water Days celebration in New London brought a week of summer fun to the city including outdoor concerts, tennis tournament, a ski show and the Grand Day Parade.

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The New London Arts Alliance covers the New London Water Days Grand Day Parade route in shimmering bubbles on Saturday, July 16, 2022. Dozens of floats traveled through the city.
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NEW LONDON — Hundreds of people converged on downtown New London Saturday for the penultimate day of the annual New London Water Days community celebration. On a warm and sunny summer day, a multitude of activities offered family fun for all ages.

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Eliyanah Lewis tries to take a bit out of some candy during the New London Water Days Grand Parade July 16, 2022.
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The Lions Pancake feed and Mill Pond Mile Run kicked off the day, with the Grand Day Parade proving to be a high point of the celebration. Dozens of floats wove through the parade route, providing not only sights and sounds, but quite a bit of candy as well.

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It was a jungle on the Girl Scouts float in the New London Water Days Grand Parade on Saturday, July 16, 2022.
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Jionny Samuelson and Veyda Sanchez fly down bouncy water slide at New London Water Days July 16 2022.JPG
Through a water spray and toward the plunge pool at the bottom, Jionny Samuelson and Veyda Sanchez cling to each other on the inflatable water slide at the New London Water Days carnival July 16, 2022.
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New London was the place to be on Saturday, with the annual Water Days celebration bringing various family fun including the parade, hog roast, bouncy houses and fun on the water.

Following the parade, the New London Fire Department held its hog roast. The more energetic kids ran, bounced and slide through different bouncy houses at the Water Days carnival.

Throughout the third week of July there were various activities and events from the medallion hunt, an ice cream social with the New London-Spicer Community Band, other outdoor concerts, tournaments for tennis, bean bags and fishing, sidewalk sales, a show by the Little Crow Ski Team and a fireworks show.

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The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center provided kayak rentals at the Mill Pond as part of the New London Water Days celebration. The pond was also the spot for the fishing tournament and provided a nice place for people to cool off.
Shelby Lindrud / West Central Tribune

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.

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