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Dog Days of Summer? Not Yet!

Wait for it. Wait for it. Don’t plan your summer vacation around the weather. My family just returned from a glorious week-long, lake-side vacation and every – single – day – was picture perfect. That left our “indoor plans” unfulfilled (which is just fine; they’re “just in case”).

Celebrating the July 4th Holiday at the Lake, sitting curbside at a parade or oohing and aahing over fireworks are all great possibilities. This year the fireworks in Fergus Falls will only be on Friday night, July 1 after the races at the I-94 Speedway. They light up the sky and are visible from most parts of town. The best parade in the area is the Erhard Fourth of July Parade (on the 4th). It begins at 11 a.m. but you’ll want to get a spot on the curb or someone’s lawn early!

With a variety of sports, arts, exhibits and other events all summer, we encourage you to download our summer events calendar. There are also regularly-scheduled things to do in town – from farmers market (twice/week) to free concerts and movies in Roosevelt Park (Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.) and local theater you’ll find a great balance of indoor and outdoor options.

The musical this summer is “Fiddler on the Roof.” Opening July 26 at A Center for the Arts, don’t miss this crowd-pleasing production. In its second year is dinner theatre at Elmer’s BBQ. The season opener is coming to an end “Build Like a Brick Pagoda” and the next two shows “Goodbody’s Gold” and “Prescription: Murder” will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. It’s deliciously good entertainment.

Hot days are super for a race – especially if it’s the Hoot Lake Triathlon. Too bad that swim isn’t last! Hosted by the YMCA on July 30, there is a fairly new youth triathlon the night before. It’s a super way for the family to run/swim/bike together and introduce kids to this sport. Speaking of the biking, Fergus Falls is pleased to host the Bike MS TRAM for the fourth time. July 21 we’ll welcome about 600 cyclists into town. A shuttle route throughout town helps them experience all the great places Fergus Falls offers for food, shopping and events. Limited entertainment and food options (and of course a beer garden) will also be offered on site – this year in Kirkbride Park.

The Otter Tail County Historical Society is busy leading visitors on tours – mystery tours, State Hospital Tours, architecture tours, cemetery tours and more. In fact, on July 24th they will host a Civil War Veterans Graveside Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at the State Hospital Cemetery. Be sure to visit other historic sites around the county – like Fort Juelson and Phelps Mill. The Phelps Mill Festival is July 9-10 and is always full of beautiful arts and crafts, mouth-watering food and toe-tapping entertainment. Self-guided tours of the mill are available then too.

Downtown shops are generally open on later on Thursdays (until 7 p.m.), Saturdays until 5 and some on Sundays from 12-5. Boutiques, craft beer, coffee shops, the bakery and gift shops line Lincoln Avenue. Thanks to the store owners and City, the downtown is lined with beautiful hanging flower baskets and banners. When visiting, please stop in the Chamber of Commerce for detailed maps, guides and brochures. Now…get started on that Fergus Falls Bucket List.