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Windsurfing National Championships, Worthington

All of that wind blowing across the plains of southwestern Minnesota has to be good for something, and from June 11 to June 15 it will be put to use. That’s when the U.S. Windsurfing National Championships will be held on Worthington’s Lake Okabena.

With an average wind speed of 15 knots (about 17 mph), Lake Okabena is an ideal venue for wind surfing. Although not quite as glamorous as Maui and San Francisco, where the 2006 and 2007 championships were held, Worthington is doing it best to entice competitors and visitors alike.

The Unvarnished Music Festival, with live music by Calle Sur, Joe Price, Lehto & Wright, Steve Kaul & the Brass Kings and others, will be held in conjunction with the championships. The festival concludes with the Shoreline Jam from 10 p.m. to midnight June 14.

How do we get there?


Worthington is located just off Interstate 90 in the southwestern corner of Minnesota.

How much will it cost?

There is no charge to watch the competition, and admission to the music festival is also free.

Will kids like it?

There’ll be plenty of colorful action on the lake.

What else is there to do?

The Arts on the Shore art festival will be held the same weekend along the lakeshore.

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