A generational success - Golden Horizons hosts annual summer carnival in Crosslake

Families and community members old and young gathered for food, games and music.

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Golden Horizons in Crosslake hosted its annual summer carnival July 29, 2022.
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CROSSLAKE — Golden Horizons of Crosslake’s summer carnival was fun for the assisted living residents, their families and the community, and it raised $258 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Jim Olsen and Steven Penoncello entertained at the Golden Horizons summer carnival July 29, 2022, in Crosslake.
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The annual event had everyone outside for food, local organizations, carnival games and music by Jim Olsen and Steven Penoncello.

The National Loon Center was there with a table of hats, shirts and stickers. The Crosslake Fire Department brought a fire truck, and residents and children were able to play with puppies from the Babinski Foundation.

While the event had to be paused for a few years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the carnival served as a great welcome back to the community after the break and following Golden Horizons’ renovation.

Golden Horizons’ resident Rosemarie Matros enjoyed her second carnival, especially the music.


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Liam Zierden plays with a dog from the Babinski Foundation on July 29, 2022, at the Golden Horizons summer carnival.
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“(It would be) even better if I could get up and dance,” Matros said. “A lot of people here that I know, which is good.”

The carnival succeeded in its main goal of bringing residents, families and the community together. Five generations of one family were in attendance and were happy to enjoy the nice weather and food.

Five generations of family gathered at the Golden Horizons summer carnival July 29, 2022. Back row: Victoria Wurtzberger, Carter Wood, Jason Wurtzberger. Front row: Terry Wurtzberger and Norma McKenna.
Megan Buffington / Echo Journal

Megan Buffington, Echo Journal intern, may be reached at 218-855-5854 or She is a 2021 Pequot Lakes High School graduate who attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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