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It's off to 50th season of Nisswa Turtle Races

The Nisswa Turtle Races celebrate a milestone half-century mark in 2013.

The 50th annual season kicks off Wednesday, June 5, at the official turtle racing track downtown. Races start at 2 p.m. each Wednesday through Aug. 21. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Be sure to get there early because the event draws huge crowds.

Turtle vendors from Mounted Eagles, a non-profit therapeutic horsemanship program for people with disabilities, provide turtles to entrants who pay a nominal registration fee to enter the races. Awards are given for the grand champion race, resort race, tiny tots race, out of state race, local race and grandparents race.


Sporting Expo

The fifth annual Brainerd Lakes Area Outdoor Youth Expo will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Lakeshore Conservation Club on County Road 77, with parking at Ski Gull.

The event is free to the public.

The family-friendly events include duck and goose calling, bluebird and wood duck house building, trap shooting, .22 and black powder shooting, archery, dog training presentations, fishing stations, trapping station, DNR and youth programs and a BB gun gallery.

Learn more at or on Facebook at Brainerd Lakes Area Outdoor Youth Expo.

Nisswa Majestic

Pines Arts Fair

The Nisswa Majestic Pines Arts Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 21-22, at the Pioneer Village in downtown Nisswa.

Established in 1974, the date of this annual event was moved from July to June to better suit the community needs. Artists from all around the Midwest will come to this show to display and sell their works.

It is free to the public to attend.

Freedom Day


Fourth of July festivities occur Tuesday and Wednesday, July 2-3, in Nisswa.

The Freedom Day celebration actually starts Tuesday, July 2, with fireworks at Grand View Lodge. The Freedom Day Parade starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, and features floats traveling Main Street as crowds of spectators line both sides of the street.

Pre-parade activities start at 11 a.m. with crafters and market space fair at the Pioneer Village, Turtle races (1 p.m. registration, 2 p.m. race start), storytelling, Water Wars, chalk drawing contest, Paint Ball, bounce house, live music, kiddie parade and more. 

After the parade, there will be live music in downtown.

The Nisswa Firecracker 10K, 5K and Kids Run will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 6, starting on Main Street and finishing at Nisswa Park. The event features a race through town, into the woods, and then a scenic tour next to Lower Cullen Lake.

Cruise into Nisswa

Three Lakes Car Show

This second annual event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Nisswa City Park. The event features a car show, car corral and swap meet. Along with the car show is a crafters and market space fair.

Brownie Cote

Lucky Me Run

Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert will host the second annual Brownie Cote Lucky Me Run at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, starting at Camp Lincoln.

The event includes a 7.5-mile run around Lake Hubert and a 5K run along the same course, which is Camp Lincoln Road, Nashway Road, Crow Wing County 137 and County Road 13.

Fall Festival and

Smokin’ Hot BBQ


The 39th annual Nisswa Fall Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, featuring the Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge in Nisswa Square.

The eighth annual challenge features more than 1,000 pounds of barbecued ribs. Teams receive pork ribs, smoke them all day and then serve them to a panel of judges as well as the public. Awards go to the judges’ choices and the public’s choices.

Other fall festival events in downtown Nisswa include a Crafters and Market Space Fair, a moonwalk and haystack search for coins and toys for children, horse-drawn wagon rides around town, minnow races, a family pumpkin painting contest, music and food.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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