It's a celebration! As part of the 2014 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener
, sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber with host property, Grand View Lodge, and in collaboration with the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, we are hosting a free community picnic with great family fun activities, live entertainment, and more!
Enjoy free fun activities for the whole family. Music, kids' games and great food! Come out and see Goldy Gopher! The Gear Daddies
will headline entertainment. The festivities will be capped off by fireworks.
The community picnic begins at 4 p.m. with the free picnic dinner serving to begin about 4:20 p.m. immediately following the program hosted by Gov. Mark Dayton. More than 65 vendor booths will offer information and family friendly activities throughout downtown Nisswa. Highlights include Grand View Lodge golf simulator, Red Bull Fire Engine DJ Booth with Xbox games, Fishing for Life minnow races, and more.
A “No Bones About It” fish filleting contest will begin at 4:45 p.m. pairing two Brains Brawn and Beauty teams and being judged by Paul Burton of Morey’s Seafood Markets.
When the puck drops Friday in St. Paul in Game 4 of the second round playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Gear Daddies will take the stage and kick off the concert with the largest "(I Wanna Drive the) Zamboni" song sing-along in the hope of helping to lead the Minnesota Wild on to victory. Goldy Gopher, the University of Minnesota mascot, who will make an appearance at the picnic, even may lend his "Rah!" to our collective cheer.
Televisions, provided by Tom’s TV with service by CTC, will be displayed in the community picnic tent so fans can catch the Wild game.
Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh, who hails from the Brainerd Lakes Area, will be involved in activities throughout the weekend. She will introduce the first entertainers, the Forestview Seventh Grade Jazz Band, on Friday at the community picnic.
In addition to the Gear Daddies reunion concert from 8:30 to 10 p.m. and the Forestview jazz band, the entertainment lineup also includes Whitney Cougar Roggenkamp, Colin Smith, and Seth Doud. Fireworks will follow the entertainment at about 10 p.m.
This event is hosted by the Nisswa Chamber in partnership with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, sponsor of the 2014 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener
, and Grand View Lodge, host lodging property. Learn more about sponsors, sponsorship opportunities, volunteer opportunities,
and more at www.2014gfo.com
Buy your community raffle tickets in support of the 2014 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener at participating businesses throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area. Tickets also will be available at the community picnic. Learn more about the ticket locations, and the raffle prize package - a 2014 boat, motor, trailer, and more, valued at $38,110, donated by Larson Boats - at www.withthisboat.com