We have some big events coming up and I want to give you the scoop so you know all about what’s happening in your community.

First, if you haven’t already heard you’re going to want to be in town July 20-21 for Borderline Chalkfest. If you’re a lake person, get your fill of the water the week before so you can stay in town for this. Homegrown artist Shawn McCann will be bringing professional chalk artists from all over the country to Wahpeton to create their works of art over a two-day period. Fourth Street from Dakota Avenue to Second Avenue will be the canvas for 2D and 3D chalk art. This is a new event that I hope will grow to be regionally-known and attended.

Next, the city’s Sesquicentennial continues in September with a full-slate of activities, from the Classy & Classic Car Show and free meal downtown on September 14, to the Bull Bash bull riding event that evening. More on this fun event to come.

Now, as I’ve been working with a marketing agency on getting the word out about all we have to offer here in Wahpeton, I want to do some due diligence and remind all of you of the amenities we have for you right here in Wahpeton.

The first that comes to mind is John Randall Field, as I’ll be heading to a baseball game there about an hour after I complete this column. Major renovations are planned for this fall to make this an even better part of Chahinkapa Park and the greater community. The field draws a number of tournaments every year and is the home of the July 4th Border Battle between Wahpeton and Breckenridge Legion ball teams and the following fireworks spectacular.

Moving on through the park, you don’t find many weekends in the summer that at least one of the many shelters aren’t being used for a family reunion or other get together. The swimming pool helps to cool off kids and adults alike during those hot summer days (anyone remember those?).

Chahinkapa Zoo needs no introduction, but I’m going to do so anyway. The zoo is home to over 200 animals representing 70 species and six continents. Haven’t seen the white rhinos or the honey badgers yet? Better stop by and make an afternoon of it. And while you’re there, take a ride on the Prairie Rose Carousel.

Down the road from the zoo is the Bois de Sioux Golf Course, open to the public and the only course in the country in which you play the front nine holes in one state and the back nine in another.

Do you fish? Make sure you get to Kidder Recreation Area, where you’ll find plenty of fishing spots as well as a fish-cleaning station. Just across the highway you’ll find a Frisbee golf course for your amusement.

If it’s exercise with great views you’re looking for, walk/run/bike the seven miles of shared-use paths around the city. If you have your canine friend along, the dog park is near Stern Airport on the south side of town along the path.

When those opportunities arrive to get out and about in Wahpeton, don’t forget about all the things that make us a “Community for a Lifetime.”

Chris DeVries is Wahpeton Community Development Director

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