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2022 Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes

Enjoy summer fun at the 86th Annual Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota on July 8-17, 2022 throughout town and on the City Beach. When it comes to celebrating summer, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota takes its time. The Jaycee-sponsored Northwest Water Carnival lasts an entire week or more in the heart of summer. A Jaycee member is selected to act as Admiral, residing over the extravaganza. One lucky girl is crowned Miss Northwest; she will later competes for the Miss Minnesota crown. Northwest Water Carnival

Are you in to building sand castles or ships? There’s a competition made for for you at the festival. Are you tough enough to eat chili in July? Then the Carnival’s chili cookoff will undoubtedly be to your taste. There is literally something for everyone at the Detroit Lakes Northwest Water Carnival: Water fights, kids’ games, bed races, music and food and more food – the Northwest Water Carnival has it all.

An annual favorite at the festival is Bash on the Beach where you and your friends have a blast with live bands on the shores of Little Detroit Lake. The Parade of the Northwest is held on the last Sunday. Thousands of people are drawn to the parade which stretches for a mile along Washington Avenue and West Lake Drive. The Fourth of July may be over, but in Detroit Lakes, the fun is just getting started!

For more information, check the Northwest Water Carnival website regularly.

Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes Gallery
Festival Photo Credits: Northwest Water Carnival

About The Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes
The Detroit Lakes Jaycees sponsored the annual Northwest Water Carnival since they organized as a chapter in 1935. In fact, the Water Carnival is one of the longest running festivals in the state of Minnesota. It has become one of the biggest summer events in the lakes area, and includes a wide range of activities for the whole family. The first Water Carnival was held in 1935. It took several years to become established, and was even cancelled in 1937. However, it has been held every year since then. In its current format, it includes dozens of events such as the Miss Northwest Pageant at the Historical Holmes Theater, and concludes with everyone’s favorite: The Parade of the Northwest. Northwest Water Carnival Face Book Page

About The Detroit Lakes Jaycees
The Detroit Lakes Jaycees is an all-volunteer civic organization. Led by the “Admiral,” the Jaycees work hard all year planning and coordinating the Water Carnival, which is supported by our area’s business community. After the parade, the Jaycees traditionally gather by the Pavilion to find out who will be the next Admiral. The Admiral is selected by the current Jaycee President to be in charge of the Water Carnival. The identity of the new Admiral is kept secret until after the Parade, and is the subject of much speculation by Jaycees past and present. Detroit Lakes Jaycees Website

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Northwest Water Carnival, Minnesota in July!

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