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Family, Fun and Fireworks

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. This is the best time of year to be in Minnesota. The kids are out of school, the days are longer – and of course, warmer – and there are so many options for things to do. That first week of vacation I heard a few “there’s nothing to do” from kids. But I quickly pulled out the summer events calendar – designed for visitors – and posted it on the refrigerator.

First, there are at least two or three activities being offered each day (farmers markets, library events, movies in the park, car races, music in the park and extended weekend hours at the museum). Festivals are abundant this time of year too. They celebrate everything from the arts to monarch butterflies – and in Barnesville event Potato Days!

If you’re at the lake, maybe you’re keeping the watermelon cold by putting it under the dock and in the water. Slice it up and head into town for the Fourth of July fireworks. This year, they will be showing twice in Fergus Falls. On Friday night the I-94 Speedway will display fireworks after the races. Look for those in the northwest part of town. And Saturday’s show – sponsored by the Fergus Falls Jaycees - will be from the West Otter Tail County Fairgrounds in the southeast part of town. Both will be at dusk – don’t forget the bug spray!

The complete list of summer activity is available online at www.VisitFergusFalls.com or you can download the pdf.

Not all of the summer fun is the planned-for type. Being spontaneous and flexible are keys to having a great summer. Keep swimming suits, towels and sunscreen in a beach bag and keep it in your car. Sometimes a beautiful sunrise will inspire an early-morning bike ride. Or a rainy day is a good time to start a new book, play a board game with the kids or bake a batch of cookies. When was the last time you wrote a letter to a loved one? I mean, with a pen and paper? What a treat for someone to hear from you and maybe see a few photos from your vacation.

And what do you do with all those digital images? I haven’t put photos in an album since 2010. But I have oodles of digital files on my home computer – now even my phone’s camera uploads them to a file. There are many on-line film processing sites that will help you create a memory book or album. You could create a book just for a specific vacation, or as a gift. I heard a great idea – to create one for each of your kids annually for their birthday. It becomes a personal “yearbook,” has longevity and is easy and fun to refer to throughout their lives.

The key to summer fun though – spend it with people you love, people who make you laugh, people you haven’t seen regularly. As long as you’re together, what you do on your vacation or what the weather brings isn’t as important. Our family has spent 42 years visiting the same resort. As a kid I looked forward to that week together in mid-June. Now my kids, nieces, nephews, siblings, grandparents – all anticipate that week for playing 99, making grandma’s penuche (if the weather is just right), having picnics, swimming and more fun. Every year the dynamic changes a little bit – someone will have a baby, go off to college, get married and even pass away. It’s these seasons of life – and sharing them in a special place – that create the best memories for me.

Have a super summer and don’t forget to make some memories.