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A 'Looney' weekend in Vergas, powwow in Pine Point and more

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The folks in Vergas are getting a little "looney" this weekend, as the town hosts its annual Looney Daze celebration from now through Sunday.

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Saturday's events include a Methodist Church Flea Market and Kids' Fishing Tournament both starting at 8 a.m., 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m., Street Fair starting at 9:30, Kittenball Tournament and Fire Department Open House both starting at 10 a.m., Minnesota Zoomobile at noon, Road Rally at 1 p.m., Loon Claling Contest at 2 p.m., and a full day of live entertainment.

The music starts at 1 p.m. with the Beat Goes On, followed by Blue Barry & Jazzy Frank at 3 p.m., David Lee at 6 p.m. and the Fat Cats at 8 p.m., which is also when the street dance starts.

On Sunday, the fun resumes with a Classic Car & Motorcycle Show at 9 a.m., Outdoor Church Service at 10 a.m., Classic Car & Motorcycle Parade at 1 p.m. and Looney Daze Parade at 2 p.m. The grand parade will be followed by the Strong Man/Sheef Toss Contest and Water Fights. The day's events conclude with an 8 p.m. raffle drawing at Billy's Corner Bar.

Also this weekend, Pine Point hosts its annual Powwow. Join the community for a weekend of traditional Native American dancing, crafts, food and music.

Saturday's festivities begin with the Joe Bush Memorial 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m., followed by a flag raising ceremony at 10 a.m.

Grand Entry for the powwow performers is at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. This year, there will be a featured performance by the Margaret Smith family, performing "Old Style Jingle Dress."

A community feast gets underway at 5 p.m., and there will also be a White Earth Princess and Brave contest.

Sunday's festivities begin with a second flag raising ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by the final Grand Entry at 1 p.m.

Other events

• Shady Hollow Flea Market in rural Detroit Lakes hosts an Art Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 601-809-6661 for more information.

• The 2012 season at Jasper's Theatre is winding down, so there are only a few more chances to catch the show, including this Saturday at 7 p.m. The theater is located on Highway 34 East in Park Rapids. Call 218-237-4333 for ticket prices.

• Bruce Neumann and Tiki D will be performing live at Lakeside Tavern in Detroit Lakes on Sunday, from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 218-847-1891.

• Also on Sunday, the Becker County Museum hosts an opening reception for its latest traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Historical Society, "Minnesota on the Map," starting at 3 p.m. This exhibit, which runs through Sept. 30, will showcase the mapping of our state, from surveying to cartography to roads and railroads. The museum is located at 714 Summit Ave. in Detroit Lakes. Call 218-847-2938 for more information.

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

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