PEKIN, N.D. – Stump Lake Park is celebrating its 101st birthday with a centennial event that will continue for eight days.
The Stump Lake Cafe and Campground had planned to host a Centennial Celebration last year, but postponed it because of concerns about spreading COVID-19, said Dwight Elfman, Stump Lake Campground manager.
The 2021 celebration, which is open to the public, began Friday, July 2, and will conclude Sunday, July 11. All of the entertainment groups that were booked for the 2020 celebration, except for one, will be there this year.
The park, 12 miles south of Lakota, N.D., was founded in 1920 as Old Settlers Stump Lake Park, Elfman said.
Many Nelson County residents bought $20-per-share bonds to help pay for the park’s pavilion, which, over the years, became a popular dance spot where big bands played and kids roller skated.
The inside of the pavilion, built in 1920, still has the original hardwood floors. The outside had a facelift three years ago that included painting the building, repairing the windows and installing new screens.
Meanwhile, the number of camping spots has grown from 10 in the mid-1960s to 135, Elfman said.
The campground also has a large cafe and bar building, which opened in 2013 after flooding in 2012 destroyed the original cafe. The cafe is open five days a week – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday; noon until 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
On Saturday, July 3, there will be a dance, featuring the music of Outside Entertainment, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the pavilion. There is no admission charge.
Events on Sunday, July 4, include a “Minute to Win It” game for children, a golf cart parade and a fireworks display at Stump Lake Village, which is located outside of the entrance to the campground. The Stump Lake Park Board voted to ban people from having fireworks in the park, and violators will be prosecuted.
On Wednesday, July 7, and Thursday, July 8, a vintage car and classic motorcycle dinner cruise will be held at the Stump Lake Cafe.
“Guys are coming from all over to show off their cars,” Elfman said.
An adult prom will be held from 8 p.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July, 10, in the pavilion. The Downtown Horns will play at the prom, which includes dinner and a grand march. Doors to the prom, which is open to people ages 21 and older, open at 6 p.m. for complimentary photos. Reservations are required for the prom and available at the cafe.
The centennial concludes on Sunday, July 11, with an 11 a.m. church service, lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a bluegrass festival that also includes gospel music.
For further information about the centennial, call Elfman at 701-381-9051.