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Cynthia, Phillip, and Tom Batson on a toboggan in 1916

100 Years of Winter Celebrations

Thursday, April 6, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wayzata Community Room (next to City Hall)
600 Rice St E, Wayzata, Minnesota 55391

Did you know that 100 years ago, 1917, Wayzata celebrated winter with its first Ice Carnival? Entitled “Wayzata, A Sizzler” the carnival was held Saturday, January 20 with a day full of activities for all.

First place in the Toboggan contest went to the Boy Scouts, the Young Men’s Club won the Relay skating race, and Stanley Rodner won the ski race. Other events included a snowshoe race and a hockey game between Wayzata and Deephaven.

The program opening address given by Wayzata’s eldest community member, Warren Wakefield, who shared stories of pioneer days on Lake Minnetonka. Marion Swaggert was crowned the Carnival Queen. The evening ended with a Snow Shoe Lantern contest and the formal opening of Wayzata’s first Toboggan slide: 72½ feet tall and 392 feet long, finishing on the lake. All of this took place in only one day!

Join us on Thursday, April 6, as the Wayzata Historical Society looks at the many ways that Wayzata has celebrated winter over the years. Other activities we’ll cover include ice boating, skating, sledding, ice harvesting, and stories of kids’ antics on the hills of Wayzata.

As always, the program is followed with social time and snacks, as well as artifacts collected that speak to Wayzata’s history of winter recreation.

Ice Boat Phelps Island Red Dragon