Events

Starting as a civic activity as far back as the 1870s, Lake Minnetonka’s Fourth of July celebration has gone through many changes to become the loudest and brightest firecracker on the string.

There isn’t room in all our garages for historic autos, but who says we can’t drool a little? Admire—and avoid salivating on—immaculately waxed hoods and hear antique engines roar at the inaugural 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance in historic Excelsior.

Tie your shoelaces and do your squats in preparation for the 10th annual Lake Minnetonka Triathlon. The path to victory will include a half-mile swim along the shores of Lake Minnetonka, a 15-mile bike ride through Carver County and a final run across Three Rivers’ light rail trail.

Wood floors creak with fond memories and friendly nostalgia wafts through the air in the Cottagewood General Store. Little is known about the owners, Ralph and Stella Chapman, who opened the store as a small grocery in 1895.

Participants in the 2013 Lions Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest will take to the waters April 20 at BayView Event Center. Catch the largest fish and you’ll win $150, or enter the raffle for more great prizes. The cost is $5 for early registration and $10 the day of the event.

This spring marks the 39th year of the Silver Skates Ice Revue. Hosted by Minnetonka Ice Arena and including artists from All Season Skating School and Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club, the musical show features 250 skaters of all ages—some as young as three years old.

Some of us just don’t have a green thumb. The experienced among us point and laugh while we toil in the beating sun watching our efforts lead to nothing—not even a single sprout. That could all change at the annual Spring Garden Fair at the Southshore Center.

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Twenty-three years ago, Bill Wenmark and seven other men jumped into Lake Minnetonka as part of a 10-mile run to celebrate New Year’s Day. Little did they know their ice dive would become an annual event, with close to 900 people participating last year.

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