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Brainerd History Week and the 39th Annual This Old Farm Pioneer Days

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The UpNoPa moms LOVE this community where we live, work and play every day.

Heck, that’s how Up North Parent came to be in the first place!

We created Up North Parent because we are passionate about supporting thriving families and strong communities and wanted to provide inspiration for both.

We also believe that the Brainerd Lakes Area and beyond is filled with amazing events, sites, businesses, and resources; we want to shout that fact from the highest rooftops.

One great way to discover and celebrate the rich history of the Brainerd Lakes Area is with the much-anticipated annual event, Brainerd History Week 2018.

Brainerd History Week 2018

Brainerd History Week was established in 2014 as a way to celebrate the rich history of the community.

Every year there is a focus on certain areas or landmarks in our vibrant community. Brainerd History Week 2018 will celebrate the Mississippi River and west Brainerd.

Brainerd History Week 2018
Photo courtesy of Julie Nesheim

Thursday, August 9th, 2018 | Brainerd History Week

During Brainerd History Week, there is much to do and see! Events on Thursday (August 9th) are all located at the Northern Pacific Center and include, NPC tours, an antique car show, B.I.R.’s Historical Race Car Collection, food trucks and special beverages at Roundhouse Brewery.

{For exact dates and times, visit Brainerd History Week’s website or Facebook Page}

Friday, August 10th, 2018 | Brainerd History Week

Friday, August 10th is Mississippi River and West Brainerd Day.

There is some amazing historical and outdoor fun planned on this day, including a Riverview History Walk & Historical Marker Dedication, a Daughters of the American Revolution Gregory Park Marker Dedication, a 2:00 p.m. Downtown History Walk, Central Lakes College’s 80th Anniversary Celebration & Open House and a 5:00 p.m. Community Paddle from the boat landing near Evergreen Cemetery to Boom Lake.

{Again, visit Brainerd History Week’s website or Facebook Page for specific dates and times.}

Saturday, August 11th, 2018 | Brainerd History Week

Saturday, August 11th is an exciting day because it’s Old Crow Wing and Pioneers Day!

One “must see” attraction on this day is the 39th Annual Paul Bunyan Land & This Old Farm Pioneer Village.

This Old Farm Pioneer Days
This Old Farm Pioneer Days

“We at Paul Bunyan Land have our Annual Pioneer Days and its a great opportunity to not only enjoy the normal operation of Paul Bunyan Land, but with the museum in full motion, tractors, steam engines, sawmill, and more,” shared owner Adam Rademacher.

“It’s a great learning opportunity for kids on how things ‘used to be done’ and what real hard work was like back then.”

1914 Case Steam Engine at This Old Farm Pioneer Days

39th Annual This Old Farm Pioneer Days – Museum in Motion:
– Steam Tractor Sawmill Operations
– Shingle Mill
– Gas Engine
– Antique Tractors and Cars
– Black powder/ Muzzle load Demonstration
– Exhibitors Welcome

This trip-back-in-time event will take place August 11th and 12th and they will be open 10-6pm daily.

Other fun activities on Saturday include an Evergreen Cemetery History Walk, a Community Bike Ride from Brainerd/Baxter to Crow Wing State State Park, a Historical Presentation about the History of Old Crow Wing and the 150th Anniversary of the Assassination of Chief Hole-in-the-Day, as well as another chance to enjoy a Downtown Brainerd History Walk.

Sunday, August 12th, 2018 | Brainerd History Week

Sunday is the wrap up of Brainerd History Week and all festivities are located at Lum Park.

There will be a Historical Marker Dedicationa Riverview History, Children’s Programs, and a 5:00 p.m. Brainerd Ski Loons Water Ski Show.

Brainerd Ski Loons | Brainerd History Week 2018

{For all the exact dates and times, visit Brainerd History Week’s website or Facebook Page}

WHEW! Talk about FREE FUN for the whole family!

PLUS a chance to see the deep and fascinating history of the community we live in.

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We hope to see you out at these awesome events and activities in honor of Brainerd History Week 2018!

Brainerd History Week 2018

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