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SUMMER FARE: Kittson County Fair kicks off Thursday

The Kittson County Fair starts Thursday at the fairgrounds in Hallock, Minn., and goes through Sunday.

Expect the usual entertainment, such as a petting zoo, 4-H shows, music and dancing. And then there’s beer and wine tasting contest, samples of gin and rum from nearby Far North Spirits distillery, and mud volleyball.

Organizers said participants have asked for more mud so they are digging a new pit.

Here are some highlights from the fair’s schedule:

  •  Thursday: A rocket launch is at 4:30 p.m. and chariot races at 7 p.m.
  •  Friday: Accordionist Cathy Erickson of Middle River, Minn., will bring her band at 2 p.m. and saxophonist Maury Finney of East Grand Forks will bring his band at 7 p.m. Country band Silverado will play at the9 p.m. dance.
  •  Saturday: the beer and wine tasting contest starts at 1 p.m., the same time as the homemade beer and wine contest. The lumberjack show starts at 3 p.m. Far North will give out samples at 5 p.m. The rodeo is at 7 p.m. And Billy D and the Crystals from Fargo will play at the 9 p.m. dance.
  •  Sunday: The mud volleyball tournament is at 1 p.m. Singer and songwriter Lynn Stoneking from southern Minnesota will perform at 2 p.m. And the demolition derby is at 6 p.m.

More info: (218) 843-1532,

Other happenings

Movie in the Park: Enjoy movies under the stars throughout the summer at various Grand Forks parks. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy family-friendly classics, action, adventure and new releases. The next film will be “The Nut Job” starting at sundown Tuesday at Riverside Park. Additional shows: “Little Rascals” July 29 at University Park, “Lego Movie” Aug. 12 at Riverside Park. Cost: Free. Info: (701) 746-2750. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” Aug. 26 at Choice Health and Fitness.

Crazy Days Kid’s Carnival: The Crookston Parks and Rec Club Kid Program is hosting a kid’s carnival from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Crookston Sports Center on the UMC campus. Stop by for food, drinks, games and prizes. Cost: 25 cents per ticket or five for $1. Info:

Concert Nights at the Gazebo: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments and enjoy an evening of outdoor entertainment. Roseau, Minn., will hold concerts from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the gazebo in Roseau Riverview Park. Upcoming bands include the Lubben Brothers on Thursday, Harmony Fire on July 31 and Tami and the Northern Lights Band on Aug. 7. Cost: Free.

Drayton Riverfest: Drayton, N.D., will hold its annual Drayton Riverfest Thursday through Sunday. The 16th annual citywide event features attractions for all ages, including food, music, a parade, fireworks, science exploration activities, mud volleyball and more. Info: (701) 454-3474.

National Moth Week: Turtle River State Park, 22 miles west of Grand Forks, is celebrating National Moth Week Saturday through June 27. Becky Simmons will discuss the moth “Battle of the Sexes” at 8:30 p.m. Friday, the Dakota Explorers will introduce kids to the unique nature of insects at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and Carl Barrentine will talk about making mothing equipment and backyard mothing at 8:30 p.m.Saturday. Info: (701) 594-4445.

Learning at the Lakes: The Rydell National Wildlife Refuge continues its Learning at the Lakes program at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Visitor Center. This week you can explore the night sky with Starlab and its portable planetarium, while July 27 is the “Inside a Beehive” talk. Info: (218) 687-2229.

Halloween in July: Turtle River State Park, located 22 miles west of Grand Forks, is hosting its annual Halloween in July event July 25 to 27. Bring a flashlight July 25 night at 9:30 p.m. to see what bloodcurdling nightlife might be out in the park after dark. Join the Dakota Explorers at 9:30 a.m. July 26 to learn about scary animal adaptations. The real fun begins July 26 night at 7 p.m. with a costume contest at the amphitheater, with prizes awarded for first, second and third in different age categories, followed by trick or treating through the campground at 8 p.m. and a family-friendly movie at 9:30 p.m. To wrap up the weekend, join an interpretive naturalist for some fright recovery coffee and hot chocolate at 9:30 a.m. July 27. Info: (701)