Celebrate the Northwest Water Carnival

Museum to kick it off with Wednesday's Brown Bag Lunch

The Becker County Museum's Northwest Water Carnival history exhibit includes a wide range of memorabilia from the carnival's 84-year history, such as this collection of swimsuits from the early 1900s all the way up to a modern bikini. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

The Becker County Museum's Northwest Water Carnival history exhibit includes a wide range of memorabilia from the carnival's 84-year history, such as this collection of swimsuits from the early 1900s all the way up to a modern bikini. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

Calling all Northwest Water Carnival admirals, past and present! The Becker County Museum has extended an invitation to any who are available to come to the museum at noon this Wednesday, July 10, to participate in an informal, round table discussion.

This discussion will form the centerpiece of the museum's July Brown Bag Lunch presentation, which highlights "The History of Detroit Lakes' Water Carnival." The lunchtime discussion is free and open to the public, though if you would like to reserve an $8 catered lunch from La Barista, you must contact the museum at 218-847-2938 by 10 a.m. on the day of the event.

"They want me to talk about some of the things coming up this year, a little bit of history with the past admirals, and maybe a little bit of what we think the future is going to be," said Brian Anderson, who is serving as co-admiral for the 2019 water carnival alongside Matt Kelly.

Anderson accepted the invitation to lead this Wednesday's discussion, which will serve as the kickoff for the 2019 Northwest Water Carnival. Unless they've been living under a rock, most Detroit Lakes residents know that the 84th annual carnival gets underway this coming Friday, July 12, and continues through the Parade of the Northwest on Sunday, July 21.

The NWC is Detroit Lakes' biggest annual community celebration, and has been for more than three-quarters of a century now. To celebrate this fact, the museum has made room in its display cases for a collection that, according to museum programming director Emily Buermann, highlights not only the water carnival, but "summer water fun" in general.

"We have swimsuits ranging all the way from the turn of the century to the modern bikini," Buermann said. "We have men's one-piece suits and trunks, wool suits, cotton suits with built-in bloomers, old life jackets and fishing gear." 

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