Tuesday at the Water Carnival: Junior royalty crowned, strong men and women compete for prizes – Detroit Lakes Tribune

DETROIT LAKES — One of the highlights of Tuesday night’s festivities at the 86th Northwest Water Carnival was the junior competition, which attracted 14 competitors this year.

For the first time, the format has been expanded to allow older children to compete, with both a junior prince and princess (between 3 and 6 years old) and a junior king and queen (between 7 and 10 years old) crowned.

The Northwest Water Carnival Junior Pageant concluded on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, with four crowns awarded: Left to right, Junior King Elliot Rath, Junior Queen Madaline Lauinger, Junior Princess Eden Lindstrom and Junior Prince Brink Baker .

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The junior titles of prince and princess went to 5-year-old Brink Baker and 3-year-old Eden Lindstrom, respectively. Brink is the son of Brandon and Ashley Baker, while Eden’s parents are Amy Engberg and John Lindstrom.

Elliot Kath, 7, the son of Jennifer and Dave Kath, was crowned junior king, while the title of queen went to Madeline Lauinger, 7, the daughter of Viva Lauinger.

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Five-year-old Dottie Kelly enjoyed her moment in the spotlight with emcee Alexis Kohler during the Northwest Water Carnival junior competition on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

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Participants had to answer the question “What is your favorite aquatic carnival?” by emcee Alexis Kohler, with responses ranging from face painting and food to northwest parade and water fights.

Junior Tug-o-War, hotly contested senior divisions

Although there were only six teams for the junior Tug-O-War and four teams for the adult Tug-O-War on Tuesday night, the competition was fierce, with the junior title going to the Mighty Ducks and TS Dock & Lift taking the adult. division trophy.

The six-man Mighty Ducks faced three teams, including Mac & Cheese in the first round, the Crabs in the second round and the Rockies in the final.

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The Mighty Ducks proved as powerful as expected in Tuesday night’s Junior Tug-O-War competition, winning the title at this year’s Northwest Water Carnival on July 12, 2022.

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Using a coordinated “1-2-3-pull” strategy, TS Dock & Lift made fairly short work of the Eagles 2342 team in the first round, while J&K Marine came forward against a State team Farm Insurance after tighter competition. battle.

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The J &; K Marina’s team dug deep, but couldn’t claim victory over TS Dock & Elevator in the Northwest Water Carnival Tug-O-War competition finale on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

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In the final, J&K Marine fought back, digging deep in the sand, but ultimately came up short against the TS Dock & Lift team.

Show of strength: tire flipping, arm wrestling and cart pulling

The return of the strong people competition to this year’s water carnival was a success, with large crowds taking to the city beach to watch competitors flip giant tires, fight and shoot taking turns the Jaycees’ Toonerville cart on the sand.

Fargo’s Shafik Taban was victorious in the tire rollover, but didn’t do as well in the following rounds.

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Competing shortly after winning the flip tire title, Fargo’s Shafik Taban, right, was unable to defeat Detroit Lakes’ Matt Smith, who won the title before taking second place in the cart .

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At arm wrestling, Taban couldn’t defeat Matt Smith of the Detroit Lakes, who had beaten Hunter Lindquist in the first round. To win each round, Smith had to defeat his opponent not once, but twice best of three.

“I just moved here!” said Smith gleefully after winning the arm wrestling title.

Smith, Taban and Lindquist all took part in the draw for the trolley, which attracted the largest number of competitors, with nine men and three women registering to take their turn.

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Staying low to the ground rather than pulling from the top of the giant tire proved to be Frazee’s Andy McRae’s winning strategy, as he won first place in the cart draw at the Strong Person competition at Northwest Water. Carnival on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

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The victory ultimately went to Andy McRae of Frazee, who completed the draw in 13.13 seconds. He finished nearly two seconds ahead of Smith, who came in second with a time of 14.83 seconds.

Earlier in the evening, a large crowd showed up for Dance on Detroit at the City Park Bandshell, where they listened to about an hour of big band music from local favorites Doc & the Scrubs. A total of 125 meals were served by First Lutheran Church volunteers at the picnic in the park before the concert, with proceeds going to the local Fuller Center for Housing chapter. Doc & the Scrubs will return to City Park on August 9 for a 7 p.m. performance as part of the Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series hosted by the Historic Holmes Theater.

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