MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The WCCO summer road trip around Minnesota and western Wisconsin made a stop this week in a town that’s celebrating its 150th year.
Gallery: Goin’ To The Lake: Glenwood
Matt Brickman and Ali Lucia are about two hours northwest of the Twin Cities in Glenwood, Minnesota. The city is celebrating the 61st Waterama Festival this week. Saturday night is the big pontoon parade and fireworks. Sunday is the main event: The parade through town.
But Waterama isn’t the only exciting thing in Glenwood! Matt and Ali found plenty to do around town.
The Iron Horizon & Theresa’s Turn Bakery
While you’re in Glenwood there is a lot to see and do. Taylor Rawson of The Iron Horizon and his family take scrap metals and turn them into fun art — they even made a giant minion. If you come to Waterama, you’ll find The Iron Horizon with all the vendors next to the Lakeside Restaurant. See more of their creations in the video above!
Make sure to visit downtown Glenwood when you’re there. Matt and Ali stopped at Theresa’s Turn Bakery on Minnesota Avenue and Franklin Street. Every good small town has at least one good bakery to stop and get supplies. You’ll find buns for your burgers and brats, eight or nine kinds of fresh bread daily and of course, plenty of pastries to start your day.
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The Waterama Festival is a big deal in Glenwood. They’ve had events going since Tuesday, and Thursday night was the Teen Dance. Of course, Ali and Matt had to check it out and participate in a couple friendly competitions with the teenagers.
Glenwood’s Time Capsule
Glenwood and Pope County are celebrating 150 years in existence and one of the cool ways they’re doing it is with a time capsule. Local companies and musicians are throwing in material — newspapers, CDs, brochures describing life in Glenwood in 2016 — and they let WCCO contribute. Ali and Matt signed an old camera lens the crew isn’t using anymore. It’s been to the top of Mount Rushmore and the beaches of Tasmania — it’s even interviewed Fidel Castro. Everything in the capsule will be found in a couple generations.
WCCO’s Sand Sculpture
After seeing a time capsule meant to last decades, Matt and Ali made some art that’s probably already gone. They worked hard in the sand to create some WCCO beach art. See the sculpture go from design to finished product in the video above.