In 2022, the city celebrated its incorporation sesquicentennial, and the 100th anniversary of the invention of the sport of waterskiing. In 1922, local teen Ralph Samuelson took a homemade pair of skis and his daredevil determination, and got behind a boat on Lake Pepin to make history. Today, we celebrate that milestone with an annual Water Ski Days festival, always held the last full weekend in June.
Ralph Samuelson Film Debut
The new documentary film, Ralph Samuelson: The Father of Waterskiing is now available on our YouTube channel. Ralph grew up right here in Lake City and invented a sport that is enjoyed worldwide. You’ll meet him in this 33-minute documentary film based on the book A Daredevil & Two Boards, by Gregor Ziemer ©Gail Patricia Eadie and Barbara Eadie Myer. Presented by the Lake City Historical Society in partnership with filmmaker Ben Threinen.