With less than two weeks left until the big day, the plans for the Lake Detroiters Association 75th Anniversary Celebration on June 22 are nearly complete.
The festivities will be centered around the Detroit Lakes Pavilion and City Beach, starting with a pancake breakfast inside the Pavilion.
The Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus Council 3166 will start serving up platters of pancakes and sausage at 8 a.m., for a cost of just $5 per plate.
This will be followed by the Lake Detroiters annual meeting at 9:15 a.m., which will feature a lake blessing and telling of the Lake Detroit story, with the lake association's official business taking up just a small portion of the 45-minute meeting.
Then at 10 a.m., there will be a free screening of the Lake Detroiters' 75th anniversary video, "A Beautiful Detroit."
"This is the world premiere," said Lake Detroiters member Judie Cherry, who is coordinating the day's festivities.
The video, which was co-sponsored by the Lake Detroiters and Becker County Museum, is about the community's symbiotic relationship with the lake at its center, from the early days in the 1870s up to the present.
Following the half-hour video, there will be a panel discussion featuring the people who were interviewed by documentary creator Carl Oberholzer, including Dick Hecock, Sally Hausken, Mike Moore, Mike Swan, Lynn Hummel, Becky Mitchell, Fred Wright, Fred Floan, John Cox and Carrie Johnston.
"You will also be able to purchase a commemorative DVD for $20," said Cherry, adding that Lake Detroiters members will receive a free DVD as part of their membership benefits. "After that day, there will be copies available for purchase at the museum."
Speaking of the Becker County Museum, the staff is planning to have a special Lake Detroiters history exhibit set up inside the Pavilion, for all-day viewing.
And that's not all. Special events are also planned for the afternoon and evening, starting with a 1 p.m. "Rock Out With Your Dock Out" concert featuring the Hillbillies band.
D.J.'s Dock Service will be supplying two pontoons for the concert, with one serving as a stage for the band and the second, a floating restaurant and bar that will serve up freshly cooked burgers and beverages for all.
"Just flag them down and they'll deliver your food and drinks right to your boat," Cherry said.
In addition to this, the restaurants and bars along the lake will all be serving up food and drink specials throughout the day, she added.
That evening, the Pavilion will once again open its doors to the public for a dance celebrating "Music Throughout the Ages," featuring local "Party to Go" DJ Kelly Reller.
"It will feature popular hits for every decade from the 1940s to the present," Cherry said.
The dance will start at 7 p.m. and conclude around 11 p.m. The public is welcome, and families are encouraged to attend.
Questions? Contact Cherry, 218-8849-5688; 75th Anniversary Celebration Chairman Carl Oberholzer, 701-866-4950; or Lake Detroiters President Brad Wimmer, 701-730-0524. More information about the Lake Detroiters is available at www.lakedetroiters.com or on the Lake Detroiters page on Facebook.