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Brainerd/Baxter American Celebration

Plan to visit Madden’s at the end of June or over the 4th of July? Consider checking out a local favorite: American Celebration. Sounds pretty broad, I know. But the American Celebration is very broad. The celebration runs from June 23 through July 4. Now that’s a party!

Each day will offer something a little different. For example on the weekend of July 1-3 the Brainerd Raceway will be filled with different races including Outlaw Drag racing and CRA Superbike racing. I’ve never been, but I’m told people around here love it! Another big favorite is the Annual Arts in the Park. It hosts 140 artists, tons of food vendors, and loads of entertainment. A battle of the bands competition will take place in the West Gate Mallon July 1 & 2 with the winner performing on the 4th of July. And of course, I have to mention the huge 4th of July celebration! Starting at noon, the day will be packed with stuff to do like a corn on the cob feed, musical performances, a parade, and fireworks to close out the night.

The official schedule is as follows:
Thursday, June 23
Little Miss & Mr. 4th of July Pageant: Westgate Mall Center Court, 1 pm

Saturday, June 25
Komen Brainerd lakes Race for the Cure: Forestview Middle School, 8 am
Miss Brainerd Lakes & Miss Baxter Scholarship Pageant, Tornstrom Auditorium, 7 pm ($10 cover)

Friday, July 1
Right Friends Picnic: Confidence Learning Center, 5 pm
Show & Shine: The Body Works parking lot, 7-10 pm
Minnesota Battle of the Bands: Westgate Mall, 1-9pm ($10 cover)

Friday – Sunday, July 1 – 3
BIR Annual Show N’ Go: Brainerd International Raceway, (cover varies)

Saturday, July 2
Minnesota Battle of the Bands Championship: Westgate Mall, 1-9 pm ($10 cover)
36th annual Arts in the Park: Gregory Park, 10 am-4:30 pm

Sunday, July 3
Gospel Night ’11Heritage Assembly of God Church: 6 pm

Monday, July 4
Corn on the Cob Feed: sponsored by Brainerd Jaycees,High School Football Field, 12 noon
Parade: Throughout town, 4 pm
Bill “The King” Musel as Elvis: High School Football Field, 6:30 pm
Winner of Battle of the Bands: High School Football Field, 7:15 pm
Wayne Renn (Country & Classic Rock Artist): High School Football Field, 8:15 pm
Presentation of the Flag & Singing of the National Anthem: High School Football Field, 10 pm
Fireworks! 10:15 pm

Did I miss anything? What is your favorite event? Keep me posted by commenting below or emailing me at

Thanks for reading, Elizabeth


Posted by on June 13, 2011 in Local Tidbits


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Paul Bunyan: A Northern Minnesota Legend

“Paul Bunyan is alive and well in the Brainerd Lakes Area and evidence of Paul’s existence ia all around. Spend a day touring around the area and visiting various spots where Paul has made his mark” –Brainerd Lakes Area Guide 2011

Although Paul Bunyan may or may not have been the real life giant portrayed in our Minnesotan legends, Paul and his pet Babe the blue ox will always be a part of us in Northern Minnesota. I mean for goodness sakes, has it’s own yellow pages called “Babe’s Pages.” But how did this “tall tale” begin? I will do my best to tell Paul Bunyan’s tall tale using references from’s full story.

In the beginning, Paul Bunyan was delivered to his parents by five giant storks working over time. By the time he was one weeks old he had to start wearing his father’s clothes because he was so big. As a baby his parents had to use a lumber wagon pulled by oxen for a carriage. When he outgrew this, they had to put him on a giant raft so the water could rock him to sleep. Legend has it his rocking while asleep created waves so big it sank many ships.

As a child, Paul played with an axe and crosscut saw like other children played with toys. On his first birthday his father gave him a pet blue ox named Babe. Babe grew to be seven axehandles and a plug of tobacco wide between the eyes. As a snack Babe would eat thirty bales of hay. Paul and Babe were so large, the tracks they made galivanting around eventually filled with water and became Minnesota’s famous 10,000 lakes.

Most people know Paul Bunyan is most well known for his logging. One of my favorite logging stories is the following: 
“One time Paul’s men started the logs down a new river which they had never seen before. They began to notice that they were seeing familiar places over and over again and then finally realized that they were on the Round River which went round and round and had no end. Paul knew that this was a bad thing so he shoveled out the center of the river and made it into a big lake which is now known as Round Lake.” –

There are many many more stories about Paul Bunyan. To read more you can visit or pick from any number of books from children’s stories to full chapter books!

**What is your favorite Paul Bunyan tall tale? Post a comment below or shoot me an email at**

Until next time, Elizabeth

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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in History, Local Tidbits


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Minnesota’s Classic Resort: Madden’s on Gull Lake

Hello there!

I am happy to announce Madden’s on Gull Lake will be starting a blog. We look forward to sharing behind the scenes stories, industry  news, pointers for activities like golf and fishing, local events, Madden’s  history, and well, whatever YOU want to read about! If you have any ideas, we’d  love to hear from you. Right now the plan is to have several of our employees  contribute. If you want to hear from someone specific—maybe your favorite waitress or the pontoon driver—let us know and we’ll see what we can do. To  offer ideas please comment below or shoot us an email at

Until next time, Elizabeth


Posted by on June 8, 2011 in Behind the Scenes


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