Saturday marked the 25th anniversary of the city’s celebration commemorating the world’s largest ball of twine created by one man.
Festivities of the weekend included the Darwin Twine-K, rummage sales, sand volleyball and bean bag tournaments, parade, dunk tank and a pie eating contest, among others.
More than 50 toddlers and their parents played in toy cars, decorated Halloween cookies and made crafts at Early Childhood Family Education’s “Wizard of Oz”-themed costume party.
ECFE staff members dressed as characters from the beloved Oz books, including The Cowardly Lion, The Tin Man, Dorothy and Glinda the Good Witch.
Toddlers and their families were encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes one last time this season. Costumes ranged from princesses to skeletons.
The final week was eventful for many students, with fourth-graders participating in the school’s annual track and field day.
As they poured out of school on the last day, some students chattered with each other about their summer plans, while others embraced their favorite teachers for one last goodbye, at least until the fall.
Anglers of all ages lined the pier and docks at Lake Ripley for the Litchfield Police Department’s annual fishing tournament.
The children donned crowns and tiaras while they were pampered by this year’s Watercade candidates.
Watercade Princesses Kaitlynn Beighley and Autumn Raiber and Miss Litchfield Karly Nelson were also at the event snapping photos with the princes and princesses.
Dylan Smith and Madison Morehouse were crowned junior royalty and rode with the Watercade Royalty at Saturday’s Grand Parade.
Area residents gathered in the small town of Cosmos last weekend for their annual citywide Space Festival. Festivities ended Sunday evening after the crowning of Miss Universe. Nine-year-old Adriana Nelson, the daughter of Stacey Nelson and Cyrus Guyette, nabbed this year’s crown replacing Kenadi Servaty, 8.
Lake Ripley Elementary kindergartners performed their annual Winter Program. Students performed old holiday classics such as “Up on the Housetop,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Jingle Bells.” During a few songs students played instruments and held hands while they danced.
Dogs of all breeds and sizes were joined with their owners at the 4 Miles Four Paw race at Lake Ripley.
Returning for its second year, the event had 49 participants, many of which brought their beloved pets, Tracey Besser, board member for the Humane Society, said.
The event, hosted by the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties, was created to bring awareness of the now joined humane societies.
Students dressed up as circus animals and performers and sang songs about the circus.
During each musical number, a group of students performed a dance on the stage. Lions and tigers jumped through a hoop while acrobats and ballerinas balanced on a balance beam.