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30th Annual Village Fair Celebrates History, Music, And Family Fun

By Staff | Jul 23, 2015

RUGBY, ND The biggest day of the year at Rugby’s Prairie Village Museum is the day of the Village Fair. On Sunday, Aug. 9, the pioneer village and museum will come to life during the 30th annual Village Fair with music, pioneer demonstrations, Chippewa games, an art show, photography exhibit and more.

For first timers, the Village Fair is a whirl of sights, sounds and experiences that harken back to the 1890s. For repeaters, the fair is about tradition: Eating cornbread fresh from the cook car, chatting with the blacksmith in his shop, singing songs in the saloon, and sending the kids off to class in Juniata School.

The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Pastor Nathan Steen’s all-faiths church service begins at 9:15 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church. Around mid-morning, ladies will start gathering on the Gronvold House porch to demonstrate soap making, felting and needlework. After lunch the Museum Camp kids will challenge each other in traditional Chippewa games.

This year’s featured musicians are Sisters by Choice. Dressed in period uniform, Terri Aldrich, Jan Veikley and Pam Hopkins Minot present a USO-style show ala The Andrews Sisters, with custom choreography and arrangements of swing-era music. Delivering old-time favorites will be 50-year-partners-in-music The Dakota Playboys of New Rockford. Led by North Dakota Music Award nominee Micah Scott, Lucas Antonson of Rugby and Carl Kolbo of Crary will round out the mix with traditional folk, contemporary and original music as The Tremors. The music starts at 11:30 a.m. and continues until the gates close at 5 p.m. Each group appears twice.

Ghosts of Hope, a photography exhibit of old and historic farms near Rugby, will be on display in the museum’s Old Main Gallery and an art show featuring work by local artists will be open for viewing on the second story of Silva School.

Food is a big deal at the fair and the Friends of Prairie Village Museum will deliver with burgers, hotdogs, tacos in a bag, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and German potato salad. Sweets will include smoothies, root beer floats and Pride Dairy ice cream. In the Sandven Building, The Sons of Norway will have rommegrot and lefse for sale and Rugby Eagles Auxiliary will be serving pie. For more information on the fair you can visit www.prairievillagemuseum.com.

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