50th Annual Lake City Water Ski Events

Held the last full weekend in June (June 23-26, 2022), Water Ski Days celebrates the invention of water skiing in Lake City, and its inventor, Ralph Samuelson.

This city-wide event has something for everyone! A carnival, complete with rides and games, an arts and crafts fair with 100+ vendors, a grand parade, a classic car show, food trucks, huge concerts, and of course, water ski show teams!

In 2022 we celebrate the 50th year of the festival and 100 years as “The Birthplace of Water Skiing” with 4 days of fun, featuring Water Ski 100 programming presented by Hearth and Home Technologies. You’ll want to mark your calendars early and start planning today!

Water Ski Days is a Lake City Chamber of Commerce event.

As for entertainment, we have three big shows taking place over the course of the weekend.

Friday, June 24 – Hitchville from 8-midnight – $10
Saturday, June 25 – The 4onthefloor opens for Chase Matthew 8-midnight – $20
Sunday, June 26 – Junk FM from 7:30-10pm – $10

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!! Buy a 3 day all-access pass for only $35.00!!

1. Two ski shows on Saturday and one on Sunday featuring between 50 and 60 of the region’s best show team performers. Organized by long-time Water Ski Days partner, Cole Nelson, from the Ski Dox show team. 

2. Renowned Water Skier Betsy Anderson Gilman and others are putting together a Team USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Foundation officially sanctioned ‘get on the water’ event and demonstration on Friday 6/24.

3. The Water Ski Hall of Fame and Team USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Foundation are curating a temporary exhibition that will land in downtown Lake City during Water Ski days (and the weeks surrounding it) featuring historical displays and original memorabilia. 

4. Saturday’s ski shows will include Ralph Samuelson stunt reenactments, featuring Wisconsin Rapids pilot and ski show performer Kurt Gross from Wings Air Charter with his Lake Amphibian floatplane.

Again, all of our Water Ski shows are presented by Hearth & Home Technologies.