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  1. Atwater Festival Days

    Call: (320) 974-8760

    Celebrate with fireworks and a parade, street dance, pet show, community supper, BINGO, Frisbee golf tournament, bean bag tournament, turtle races, movie in the park, petting zoo and pony rides, kid's fishing derby and much more!

  2. Foot Lake 4 Walk/Run

    301 Becker Avenue SW
    Willmar, MN 56201
    Call: (320) 231-4396

    The Foot Lake 4 Walk/Run is part of the Glacial Lake Championship Running Series. The Running Series includes races from towns throughout West Central Minnesota.

    The Foot Lake Four Walk/Run is a fun fitness event for the whole family that takes place each year during Willmar Fests. It is a four-mile, USATF-certified course that starts in downtown Willmar, winds along beautiful Foot Lake and the scenic trails of Robbin’s Island, then passes over the First Street bridge before returning to Rice Memorial Hospital.

    Runners will be timed using electronic chips included inside each race bib. Water stops are provided at two locations along the route, and splits are available at the one, two, and three-mile marks. Bleachers are set up near the finish line at 2nd Street and Becker Avenue for spectators, family and friends.

    Divisions:
    Ages 8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over.

    Proceeds:
    All proceeds from the Foot Lake 4 Walk/Run go to the Rice Health Foundation to fund additional programming and services for Rice Memorial Hospital.

  3. Holidaze Parade

    316 4th Street SW
    Willmar, MN 56201
    Call: (320) 235-3552

    The Holidaze Parade is a fun event for the entire family located in downtown Willmar. Events include kids games, a petting zoo, chili feed, cookie decorating, turkey bowling, Santa and Mrs. Claus sleigh rides, lighted parade and a movie at The Barn Theatre after the parade. So get into the holiday spirit with us on Nov. 17th!

  4. Kandi is Dandy Days

    Call: (320) 212-2978

    Come for a city-wide celebration with a pancake breakfast, family entertainment, street dance, games for the kids, parade, antique tractor pull and a business appreciation supper.

  5. Kandiyohi County Fair

    7th St NW
    Willmar, MN 56201
    Call: (320) 599-4318

    Willmar is home to the annual Kandiyohi County Fair. Held in August each year, the fair features agricultural, domestic and industrial exhibits from throughout the County. The fair offers something for everyone--from baking and flowers to livestock and antique tractors. The kids will love the rides! Come enjoy the contests, food, singing, food, dancing, food, races and other grandstand entertainment and, of course, the food! The fairgrounds are also home to the KRA Speedway, with performances Thursday evenings throughout the summer.

    Not as big as the Minnesota State Fair but just as much fun, the Kandiyohi County Fair has something for everyone.

  6. Memorial Day/Law Day 5K Run

    Memorial Day/Law Day 5K Run

    Call: (320) 222-9622

    Pre-register at the YMCA or online at www.kandiymca.org. Youth and adult divisions plus a kid's fun run and toddler trot. Each participant will receive a race shirt and prizes will be awarded in each age and gender division.

  7. Old Log Church of Norway Lake Anniversary Celebration

    9601 195 Avenue NW
    Pennock, MN 56279
    Call: (320) 222-1613
    Toll Free: 800-845-8747

    Our Annual Anniversary Weekend – On the third Sunday in August, we celebrate the anniversary of the completion of the replica of the Old Log Church.

    August 18, 2019
    10:00am Church service at Old Log Church
    11:30am Meal
    1:30pm Afternoon program at Old Log Church

  8. Prinsburg 4th of July Celebration

    Prinsburg
    Prinsburg, MN 56281
    Call: 320-978-8700

    Come to a small town for a big event! There are a variety of events for the whole family including a golf scramble, ice cream social, Freedom Fun Run, Adam's Race, fireworks, community dinner, silent auction, bean bag toss tournament, pedal tractor pull, parade and much more!

    All proceeds for the day benefit Central Minnesota Christian School's specific areas of need - technology, tuition assistance, and busing.

  9. Willmar Fests

    2104 E Highway 12
    Willmar, MN 56201
    Call: (320) 235-3552
    Toll Free: (800) 845-8747

    This annual festival promotes Willmar Area Attractions, pride in the community and the quality of life through family participation featuring events for citizens of all ages. The purpose of Willmar Fests is to encourage the imagination, talents, interests and creativity of the residents of the Willmar Area. Willmar Fests is the combination of four Festivals rolled into one big summer city wide celebration; International Fest which honors Willmar's sister city of Frameries, Belgium, Aqua Fest featuring water events, Frameries Fest which is a Fine Arts Celebration and Kaffee Fests honoring the coffee tradition of Willmar's Scandinavian roots.

    June 22nd is the Little Crow Ski Show from 7:30-9pm.

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