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Village Fair draws nearly 900

August 16, 2013
Chris Bieri - Tribune Editor , Pierce County Tribune

Nearly 900 people poured into the grounds of the Prairie Village Museum on Aug. 11 to partake in music, food and both pioneer games and activities at the 28th Annual Village Fair.

The fair featured a number of annual favorites, like piano playing in the saloon to bread baking in the wood stove at the cook car.

This year's fair also featured Viking demonstrations by the duo of Stina and Catrine, as well as the music of Selective Memory and the Roughriders.

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Stina Fagertun (right) introduces participants of this year’s “Viking Adventure Camp“ to the crowd. Participants then told the audience their favorite things about camp.

Museum Executive Director Cathy Jelsing said it took dozens of volunteers, including around 40 non-member volunteers, to pull off the event.

"The reward comes from seeing people out there having a good time," she said. "We couldn't do it without all the different sponsors and volunteers, both Friends of the Museum and non-members. It's really a community effort. It's just really rewarding to see smiles on people's faces."

Friends of the Museum board member Roger Sitter said it's as full as he's seen the parking lot at the museum, and the event should prove to be a good promotional tool for the museum in the future.

"Even if the on the day, it's break even, you have people who say 'Hey this is really great,' " Sitter said. "It's good to have something to attract people."

Sitter, who manned the bar at the saloon, said he spoke to a number of people who uncovered the museum as a hidden gem.

"It's a focus for interest and hopefully those people go, 'Next Sunday we're going to go down to the museum and have a good look around,'" he said. "It's a great community effort and have anything involved."



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