Brainerd’s sesquicentennial celebration kicked off Sept. 18, and by all indications it has been a rousing success.
It’s been a wonderful showcase for what’s best about the city — not just it’s rich, interesting history over the last 150 years, but what it has to offer today.
We applaud those who organized the myriad events throughout the week as well as those who took part in them. It took a legion of people and numerous hours to put together a week filled with festivities.
And what a packed week it was — downtown history walks, rubber duckie races, a kickoff proclamation, open houses at Brainerd City Hall and the Crow Wing County Historic Courthouse, the grand reopening of the Crow Wing County Historical museum, markets, shopping, trivia, a time capsule, fireworks and other festivities, just to name a few.
And the celebration isn’t over. Events this weekend include:
Saturday, Sept. 25: Stride and Seek — 8:30 a.m. to noon at Notch 8.
Downtown history walk — 10:30 a.m. beginning at Visit Brainerd.
Sesquicentennial bash — noon to 4 p.m. in Gregory Park.
Jaycee’s StreetFest — noon to 12 a.m. on Front Street.
Downtown Discount Days — All day in downtown Brainerd.
Sunday, Sept. 26: Flapjack Festival — 8 a.m. to noon on Front Street.
We encourage anyone who has not yet participated to do so. Understanding the history of Brainerd will help guide us into the next 150 years. But as Mayor Dave Badeaux said during Wednesday’s Business After Hours event revealing the time capsule items, the city’s history — and future — is about people, not places.
“Businesses will come and go, but the city itself, and that momentum that we're building, is what's most important,” Badeaux said in a story published in Thursday’s Brainerd Dispatch e-edition. “So as we celebrate this moment in time, as we talk about 150 years and we place the marker, what we're really doing right now is not putting a bookend on 150 years. We're placing a marker that we will measure ourselves from for years to come. And I ask you, please activate yourselves and be a part of that solution and be a part of that direction that we're headed because we are a rocketship, and we are not asking for permission for where we’re going.”
Whether passively or actively, all Brainerd residents share in the city’s past and it’s future, and there is a lot to be proud of as we celebrate their city’s sesquicentennial.
This week shouldn’t only be looked at as marking the end of an era. For Brainerd, there’s also a lot to look forward to in the next 150 years.
For more information on the city’s sesquicentennial celebration, visit ci.brainerd.mn.us/596/150-Years.