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January 18, 2019
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Volunteer Jim Newburg reels in a string of lights Friday while taking down the Celebrate the Light of the World display at Robbins Island in Willmar.
Lights out: Volunteers take down holiday light display at Robbins Island
January 18, 2019 - 9:14pm
November 14, 2018
Erica Dischino / Tribune 

Holiday lights are being set up at Robbins Island in Willmar for the first time as the new home of the Celebrate the Light of the World holiday light display created by Chad Koosman.
Robbins Island's festive transformation: More volunteers needed this weekend to set up Celebrate the Light of the World
November 14, 2018 - 7:35pm
October 15, 2018
File photo / Tribune  The massive holiday light display, Celebrate the Light of the World, will begin to take shape at Robbins Island over the next several weeks. Willmar Fests took over the display from the Koosman family earlier this year and plans to have it open for visitors starting Thanksgiving night.
Holiday light display preparations slated for coming weekends at Willmar's Robbins Island
October 15, 2018 - 10:12pm
June 24, 2018
Erica Dischino / TribuneRunners are seconds away from the finish line during the Foot Lake Four Run/Walk Saturday Morning near Rice Hospital in Willmar.
Fun aFoot
June 24, 2018 - 9:51pm
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Senior Ambassador Audrey Buzzeo, from left, Junior Princess Annelyse Scott, International Princess Ashley Olson, Queen of Festivals Jenna Jagow, Aqua Princess Mary Carlson and Junior Prince Dante Ramirez sit on the edge of the Willmar Fests float Saturday morning, waiting for the Grande Day Parade to begin. The royalty group would ride the float one last time before the end of their reigns. play button
Fun for all: Willmar Fests weekend 2018
June 24, 2018 - 6:49pm
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International Princess Staci Banks, from left, Queen of Festivals Leslie Alvarez, and Aqua Princess Carly Hulstein pose for a photo after their crowning during the Willmar Fests Ambassador Coronation Saturday afternoon at the WEAC Auditorium. The three newly crowned royalty will represent Willmar at community festivals across the region throughout the coming year.
Her Royal Highness: Willmar Fests crowns royalty
June 24, 2018 - 6:43pm
June 23, 2018
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A Kaffe Fest/Willmar Fests exhibit by the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, including photos and memorabilia, is on display at the North American State Bank in Willmar through June 30.
Kaffe Fest exhibit runs through June
June 23, 2018 - 9:14am
June 22, 2018
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Darlene Schroeder, left, and Deq Mohamed play drums in a drumming circle offered Thursday evening by Community Rhythms during the Willmar Jaycees Block Party.
Drumming to build community: Drum circle offered at Willmar Fests Block Party
June 22, 2018 - 7:12am
June 21, 2018
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Willmar Fests Junior Princess Harper Wilson, left, Junior Prince Oscar Lopez, International Princess Ashley Olson, Queen of Festivals Jenna Jagow, Aqua Princess Mary Carlson, former Junior Princess Annelyse Scott and former Junior Prince Dante Ramirez pose for a photo after the coronation Thursday evening at the Willmar Jaycees Block Party.
Block Party fun during Willmar Fests
June 21, 2018 - 10:25pm
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Willmar Fests candidates Leslie Alvarez, left, and Staci Banks, right, jump through hula hoops with the help of lifeguard Jen Harasyn while doing the obstacle course at the Queen’s Splash event Wednesday at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center in Willmar.
Queen's Splash kicks off Willmar Fests
June 21, 2018 - 8:58am
June 20, 2018
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Reigning Willmar Fests Senior Ambassador Audrey Buzzeo, left, crowns the new Senior Ambassadors Sharon and Gary Mages Wednesday afternoon at the Willmar Community Center.
Retired farm couple named Willmar Fests Senior Ambassadors
June 20, 2018 - 9:53pm
Willmar Fests 2018
June 20, 2018 - 4:54pm
May 7, 2018
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Christmas lights are tested Nov. 13, 2017, in preparation for the Koosman family light show in rural Willmar. New owner Willmar Fests is investigating electrical options at Robbins Island, where the organization hopes to locate the massive holiday light display starting this year.
Willmar Fests seeks to bring holiday lights to Robbins Island
May 7, 2018 - 10:30pm
January 2, 2018
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Chad Koosman programs the lights to change with music for the "Celebrate the Light of the World" festival.
Willmar Fests to take over Christmas light show from Koosmans
January 2, 2018 - 8:34pm
June 25, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune

Josh Proehl, New London, plays against Ryan Ackerman, Willmar, Friday, June 23, during a tennis meet at Willmar Senior High.
Willmar Fests tennis champs crowned
June 25, 2017 - 11:20pm