Ralph Samuelson invented water skiing in 1922 on Lake Pepin; Lake City has been celebrating this with a festival since 1972.
Lake City Waterski Days Parade
About the Author: Dean Klinkenberg
Dean Klinkenberg, the Mississippi Valley Traveler, is on a mission to explore the rich history, diverse cultures, and varied ecosystems of the Mississippi River Valley, from the Headwaters in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. He is the author of Rock Island Lines, a mystery, and several guidebooks for the Mississippi Valley.