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Nearly 600 attend Village Fair

By Staff | Aug 16, 2019

Blacksmiths give a demonstration during the Village Fair Sunday. Bryce Berginski/PCT

Village Fair attendees got to see new and old favorites on the Prairie Village Museum grounds last week.

According to Museum Director Stephanie Steinke, the museum’s till report showed 539 attended, however that number did not include all staff, volunteers, entertainment and vendors, which would bring the number closer to 600 throughout the day.

“It started out slowly in the morning,” Steinke said in an email to the Tribune, “but there was a steady flow throughout the day so we were fortunate that we didn’t have a rush all at once.”

Steinke added that attendee feedback was good.

“People seemed happy with the activities, food, and music,” Steinke said.

Two new food trucks Deb’s Catering and Henry’s 90 WT were on the grounds this year. Kids who attended the German Russian (led by Monica Houim) and art (led by Julia Petrovic) camps had their work on display. Attendees also got to try their luck at a dunking booth, and Yvette and Sam Rozmarynowski brought horses for attendees to ride which Steinke said had been done in the past, but hadn’t been done in “quite a while.” Attendees also got to see the progress on the new German Russian Heritage building.

Old favorites happening at the fair included piano music in the Saloon and Almquist Drug Store; Rugby Broadcasters’ pancake breakfast; Rugby Eagles’ pie social; butter churning; baking in the Cook Car; animals in the barn; and a small engine demonstration.

Steinke also said an area that received positive feedback was changes to exhibits.

“Some exhibits are now more accessible for guests since some barriers have been taken down, or items are in a case that allows a better view for the guest, or a couple places where we have been able to put labels on the items,” Steinke said. “The staff has been working hard to show off the most items in the best way possible, and to rotate the items so that nothing is damaged by too much sunlight, touching or weather and so that different things get time in the limelight. It also keeps it interesting for guests who are repeat visitors.”

Steinke said plans for next year’s fair are already underway.

The museum will hold a Farm to Table dinner fundraiser on Aug. 24.

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