See the Ski Loons, and other fun events this week

A shot from the 2015 Brainerd Ski Loons show. Photo by Kate Perkins

Have you ever seen a water skiing pyramid? Where the skiers are stacked on top of one another and flying across the lake? You can see this and a lot more at a Brainerd Ski Loons show, coming up this weekend and on future dates this summer. The shows are free to attend and family-friendly.

The Ski Loons are a non-profit water ski show team that performs on Rice Lake at Lum Park in Brainerd. The team is composed of kids and adults of all ages who practice throughout the summer. Often the shows are themed, adding to the fun of the event. Past shows have included water skiing pyramids, both wake boarding and water skiing jumps, ballet lines, barefoot skiing and more.

Officially the shows are free, but donations are accepted. Donations from the community have allowed the team to keep the costs of joining low, even for those who began with no water skiing experience.

Show dates include:

  • Aug. 5 at 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 12 at 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

All shows are held at Lum Park in Brainerd. Concessions are available for purchase.

Other events this weekend: 

If you'd rather join in an adventure than watch it on the water, the Whitefish Warrior Adventure Run is for you. It's this weekend, and it's not too late to sign up. The run, held at the Crosslake Community Center, is filled with obstacles and adventures which have included archery, kayaking, a mud crawl, slip-n-slide and a whole lot more. This fun run has an emphasis on the "fun." Competitive heats are held earlier in the day while less competitive heats are held later on. Awards will be presented to the fastest female and male who finish the race. The race is two miles long. After the race is over, those of age can enjoy a complimentary beer at Moonlite Bay. Register online here. The cost to run the race is $45, and all proceeds go to the Crosslake Parks and Library Foundation.

On Saturday, Aug. 4, kids can join in the Kids Fishing Derby at the dam in Crosslake. This event, for kids 14 and under, teaches kids about water safety before the fishing competition begins. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and educational programs begin at 9 a.m. followed by fishing at 10 a.m. Bring your own pole, bait and sunscreen; prizes and soda are provided by generous local merchants. The derby is held rain or shine. All derby fishing must be done within the Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Area from shore. The park has several great fishing areas, no only on the shoreline but also on two fishing docks, one above the dam and one below it, on the river. The derby wraps up by 1:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a parent. This popular event has been going on for years!


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