Small-town festivals kick off this weekend with Morin Lake Days

Published 3:25 pm Tuesday, June 11, 2024

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Morin Lake Days in Alden will kick off the summer of area festivals with events planned for Friday through Sunday this year.

Events start Friday with a medallion hunt and the annual Wes Hintz Fishing Contest, along with a classic car club roll-in, BBQ dinner and s’mores on the shores, among other events.

On Saturday, the day starts with breakfast at Redeemer Lutheran Church and the Morin Lake Days fun-run with various other events taking place throughout the day, ending with the parade, featuring grand marshal Neil Pierce, a street dance and fireworks.

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On Sunday, the weekend wraps up with a community worship service on the south of Morin Lake landing and fire department water games. A Battle of the Bars will take place at Oakview Golf Course.

The following is the full schedule:


  • Noon: Medallion hunt begins (clues posted at City Hall)
  • 1:30 to 3 p.m.: Wes Hintz Kids Fishing Contest at Morin Lake
  • 3 p.m.: Free children’s activities and games
  • 3:30 to 7 p.m.: Maple Valley Classic Car Club Roll-in
  • 4 p.m.: Lions ring toss fundraiser
  • 4 to 7:30 p.m.: Fundraiser BBQ dinner by the lake for the Alden-Conger Music Department
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: RAD Zoo on Water Street
  • 7 p.m.: Kiddie tractor pull on Water Street
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.: S’mores on the Shores near the beach


  • 8 a.m. to noon: Breakfast at Redeemer Lutheran Church
  • 7:45 a.m.: Registration opens for Morin Lake Days Fun Run (Hemmingsen’s Transfer parking lot) with 10K and 5K runs starting at 8 a.m., 1-mile walk/run starts at 9 a.m., MLD Fun Run Ribbons and Awards at 9:30 a.m.
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Flea market on Broadway
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Alden Community Museum open for self-guided tours
  • 2 to 5 p.m.: Free canoes and activities on Morin Lake
  • 4 p.m.: Lions ring toss fundraiser
  • 5 p.m.: Free kiddie parade (Summer Olympics theme) on Water Street; registration at 4:30 p.m.
  • 5 p.m.: Pie and ice cream social at city hall
  • 5:15 p.m.: Freeborn Saxophone Quintet at the beach
  • 7 p.m.: Parade (backup rain date June 16)
  • 8 p.m. to midnight: Street dance by the lake
  • 10 p.m.: Fireworks (backup rain date June 16)


  • 10 a.m.: Worship by the Water, Morin Lake; Boy Scouts serving doughnuts and beverages after the service
  • Noon: Alden Fire Department water games
  • Noon to 3 p.m.: Free canoes available to use