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Happy birthday, Holmes City!

Holmes City residents - and guests from far and wide - enjoyed some good old-fashioned fun at the community's 150th anniversary celebration Saturday.

A big parade featuring 85 units added to the festivities. Thousands of people attended the event; more than 800 participated in the parade alone.

The day also included a flea market, vintage car display, tractor and equipment display, kayaking and pontoon rides, musical entertainment, a variety of children's activities, a street dance, fireworks and more.

Holmes City traces its roots back to 1858 when the first settlers came into the area and started a trading post.

Holmes City never incorporated as a city but became the third township formed in the county, following Alexandria and Osakis.

The village flourished in the 1880s but several businesses relocated when the railroad bypassed the site.

The small village, nestled on a grove-crested hill overlooking Grant Lake, has survived nonetheless and its residents proudly continue to celebrate the community's past and future.

A slide show of Holmes City's Sesquicentennial is available online at