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Three years ago, to commemorate the Minnesota State Sesquicentennial, Detroit Lakes was one of several cities in the state chosen to be Capital for a Day.
On that day in May 2008, a community picnic was held. Though it was intended to be a one-time-only event, it was so successful that Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk decided last year that it would become an annual celebration -- and a new community tradition, Parkfest, was born.
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