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Colorful carnival: Color run set for Tuesday morning; Fireworks set for dusk

Trent, Eli, Jonah and Missy Thomas participate in Monday's Home Depot Kids Build. The event was part of the 73rd Annual Water Carnival leading up to Tuesday's July 4 celebrations. (Matthew Liedke | Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI -- The 73rd Annual Bemidji Water Carnival continued Monday on the eve of Independence Day.

Festivities got underway at noon with the food vendors and Merriam’s Midway both opening at the Sanford Center. Then, in the afternoon, families were able to participate in the Home Depot Kids Build and the Human Foosball Tournament was scheduled, as well.

Today, the carnival wraps up, but it will start early. There’s a color run scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Sanford Center, and at noon, food vendors and Merriam’s Midway opens. From 8 p.m. to midnight, The Front Fenders will be performing at the entertainment tent downtown.

Of course, the highlight of the day will be the fireworks, which are scheduled to go off at dusk.

The fireworks will be lit off a barge directly east of Paul Bunyan Park. According to the Beltrami County Emergency Management’s office, there will be an 800-foot exclusion zone around the barge for safety.

Because heavy boat traffic is anticipated for the fireworks, the Emergency Management office also stated that Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office Boat and Water Division will patrol the area.

In a release, Beltrami County Emergency Management also stated that there’s a slight chance for scattered thunderstorms tonight. If weather does become an issue for the event, residents are advised to monitor local radio stations or the Bemidji Jaycees Facebook page for announcements, rather than calling the county’s emergency communications center for inquiries.

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