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Museum comes alive at annual Rhubarb Festival

By Staff | Jun 30, 2017

A young visitor learns how cream is turned into butter during the Museum Comes Alive Rhubarb Festival June 25 at Prairie Village Museum.

The Prairie Village Museum’s annual Rhubarb Festival was a huge success this year, with an estimate of 278 people on the grounds during the event.

The event was held Sunday, June 25 from noon to 5 p.m.

A $5 donation allowed visitors a tasting of six rhubarb treats. Treats included rhubarb cake, rhubarb muffins, rhubarb cheesecake, rhubarb cookies, rhubarb and blueberry scones, rhubarb punch, rhubarb ice cream and more.

“Everybody has their own variations of these treats,” museum Executive Director Cathy Jelsing said. “What we’ll probably do now is take these recipes and produce a new edition of our Rhubarb Cookbook.”

The Festival was combined with the museum’s Museum Comes Alive event that has been held separately for the past few years.

Attendees at the Museum Comes Alive Rhubarb Festival included some tourists who were pleased and surprised to find the museum "alive" with costumed interpreters and offering an amazing array of rhubarb treats.

Volunteers dressed up as village members and played characters in various exhibits of the village, including blacksmiths in the shop, a teacher in the Juniata Township School, and demonstrators in the saloon, creamery and more.

Although there was a little bit of rain, the event was still a success, according to Jelsing. “I think it went very well. There were a lot of smiling faces when people left,” she said.

While most who attended the event were from the area, there were some visiting tourists who stopped to partake in the festivities. “I think they were really pleased to come through when this event was taking place,” Jelsing said.

A few military families from the Minot Air Force Base also were in attendance. Prairie Village Museum is part of a program with Blue Star Museums that gives free admission to active-duty military families.

“It’s kind of a simple event, but it’s also a really social event. I think it was really successful,” Jelsing said.

More than 278 people participated in the Museum Comes Alive Rhubarb Festival at Prairie Village Museum June 25th. They came to sample more than 30 rhubarb treats and visit with costumed villagers during this annual event.

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