Minneapolis to become ‘Lake Wobegon’ for one weekend

Minneapolis to become ‘Lake Wobegon®’ for one weekend to celebrate 40th anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion

Minneapolis joining communities across Minnesota in declaring itself Lake Wobegon for the weekend


MINNEAPOLIS, July 4, 2014 – Minneapolis is joining communities across Minnesota, July 4- 6, in becoming Lake Wobegon for one weekend in honor of the 40th anniversary of the show that brought the town to life. As A Prairie Home Companion celebrates 40 years with weekend festivities in St. Paul at Macalester College, cities and towns across the state are becoming honorary “Lake Wobegons” for the weekend. 

“As Minnesotans, we all feel like we know Lake Wobegon. We can see ourselves in the stories Garrison has told over the years,” said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. “This is a fun way for us to recognize the impact that A Prairie Home Companion has had not only on our state, but nationally and internationally.”

As an honorary Lake Wobgeon, Minneapolis will be featured on A Prairie Home Companion’s website along with other participating cities. Meet Minneapolis’ Minneapolis.org website will display the Lake Wobegon logo for the weekend.

Additionally, Gov. Mark Dayton declared July 6 as “A Prairie Home Companion Day” in the state of Minnesota.

A Prairie Home Companion is heard on more than 600 public radio stations across the U.S., with a weekly audience that tops 4 million listeners. The program can also be heard on the Armed Forces Network Europe, the Far East Network, and in dozens of European cities via the Astra satellite network.

Garrison Keillor has been the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion since the program started production in 1974. He is also the author of more than two dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days; Love Me; O, What a Luxury, and his recently released, The Keillor Reader.

A Prairie Home Companion is produced by Prairie Home Productions and distributed by American Public Media. The show is sponsored nationally by Holiday Vacations and by Ford. The July 4-6 weekend is sponsored by Macalester College. Audio clips, scripts and more information on A Prairie Home Companion and all the weekend’s events can be found online at http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/tickets/2014/40th/.


Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes and sells the Minneapolis area as a destination for conventions and meetings, works to maximize the visitor experience and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to maximize the economic benefit of the greater Minneapolis area.


Meet Minneapolis is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of the Destination Marketing Association International.


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Kristen Montag, media & communication manager, 612.767.8038, kristenm@minneapolis.org, Minneapolis_PR on Twitter.