"Rock the Lake" Celebration in Minnewaukan This SundayThe city of Minnewaukan has dealt with such severe flooding the last few years that half of the town will be moved away from the rising lake. But city leaders want to remind people in the Lake Region that Minnewaukan isn't a ghost town with a big Labor Day celebration.
By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ
The city of Minnewaukan has dealt with such severe flooding the last few years that half of the town will be moved away from the rising lake. But city leaders want to remind people in the Lake Region that Minnewaukan isn't a ghost town with a big Labor Day celebration.
Organizers are hoping to draw thousand of visitors for the first "Rock the Lake Celebration" to provide some entertainment and show that Minnewaukan is still on the map.
Allan Nord, Minnewaukan City Council: “There was a group of about 40 volunteers showed up here in the park. We picked up, weed-eated, picked up the boards, filled in the gopher holes.
People in Minnewaukan are busy preparing for the Rock the Lake fest this Labor Day weekend.
Mark Olson, Minnewaukan Fire Department: “Everybody's really excited. People are getting really involved with it, asking what they can do to help, where they need to be, what time.”
Rightfully so as there's a lot going on that needs to be organized. A fishing tournament, craft fair, two bands and fireworks are all on the agenda.
Nord: “It would generate more people coming to Minnewaukan.”
Those people will bring an economic jolt to businesses in the small town.
Olson: “It'll give them a big boost. We have very few businesses in town that are operating throughout the day but they'll be open.”
The celebration also shows that flooding hasn't killed the town off, which is something residents are eager to show off.
Olson: “People are looking forward to it. You're seeing a lot more smiling faces around town instead of the droopy faces worried about water and when to move and how to move.”
The festivities start on Sunday with the fishing tournament at seven AM. The last band finishes playing around midnight.