RED WING, Minn. – There's a new home for the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and it's right here in Minnesota.
"This state really became a mecca for ski jumping," says Olympic jumper Bryan Sanders. "Red Wing is the birthplace for jumping in the U.S."
The Hall of Fame and Museum, which sits inside the St. James Hotel in downtown Red Wing, officially opens Saturday. The space includes old photos, memorabilia and skis from every generation. It highlights how Norwegians settled in Red Wing and brought the sport of ski jumping with them.
In fact, the very first ski jumping competition took place in Red Wing. And it grew from there.
"It was the site of the National Ski Jumping Association championships in 1928," says Jerry Borgen, who was 7-years-old when the event took place. "I was there. It drew 25,000 people which was pretty good for a town of 6,000 people."
Borgen and Sanders will help keep the museum open.
"Lake City is the birthplace of waterskiing and they flaunt it," says Borgen. "Red Wing doesn't flaunt that we're home to ski jumping. We hope this helps."
A grand opening ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. followed by a banquet at 6 p.m.