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Tradition, fun buoy Village Fair

By Staff | Aug 17, 2018

Bryce Berginski/PCT The World War I Choir, under the direction of Edie Wurgler (far right), sings on the grounds of the Prairie Village Museum Sunday.

Despite hot temperatures, an estimated 350 people came to the Village Fair on the Prairie Village Museum grounds Sunday.

This year’s event featured entertainment from local talent, including pianists from the area, and the World War I Choir under the direction of Edie Wurgler who previously performed during the museum’s Spring Kickoff in May.

Museum Director Stephanie Steinke said that one noticeable change at this year’s Village Fair was the presence of food trucks. The fair saw Fred’s Chuckwagon serve hamburgers and hotdogs; ConeZone serve snow cones; and Minot’s Cheesesteak Factory serve cheesestake sandwiches. In addition, the local Germans from Russia group served ethnic foods; the Rugby Eagles held a pie social; and other options included penny candies, pickle on a stick, ice cream and floats, popcorn, sarsaparilla and cream soda.

Kids activities were also held at the Village Fair, including Drums Alive led by Cari Oppen. Steinke said she had some ideas to try to expand youth activities for next year.

Steinke said that one thing that the museum is trying to focus more on for the Village Fair is traditional crafts. This year’s event saw Jim Paulson, of Devils Lake, give a demonstration in woodworking, and demonstrations in blacksmithing and other crafts.

“Kids activities, traditional crafts and food will probably become our mainstays as we move forward,” said Steinke.

Steinke said plans are already underway for next year’s Village Fair, in addition to the Spring Kickoff and rhubarb festival.

“A huge thank you to all of our board members, staff, volunteers and all the people who came, because it was so hot,” said Steinke.

– Tribune Staff Report

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