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Prairie Village Museum gets ready for 33rd annual Village Fair

July 27, 2018
Pierce County Tribune

Join us for our second annual Village Fair Pre-Party on Saturday August, 11th and our 33rd Annual Village Fair on Sunday, August 12th. We're upping the fun this year with a car run, blacksmithing class, and more music and food!

Standard Museum Admission is $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for veterans and seniors, $4.00 for kids 5+. Kids under 5 free. Museum Members and Active Duty Servicepeople are free. There is a 2-day discount for those who want to attend both days. Adults $12.00, Kids $6.00, Veterans and Seniors $8.00, Museum members and Active Duty servicepeople get in free.

Saturday will begin with a hands-on blacksmithing class by Dean Hagen and associates from 10:00-4:00. Attendees will be able to take home what they make. Dean enjoys teaching people the craft and has been at it for years. He travels the state educating people on what it took to be a blacksmith in the past and how vital they were to our early towns in North Dakota.

Our first Museum to Museum Car Run will begin at 1:00. Cars of all kinds can join us for an enjoyable drive to Minot. Prairie Village Museum has partnered with Dakota Territory Air Museum to offer a special tour for our car run attendees. People are encouraged to join us in Minot at 2:30 even if they cannot join the car run in Rugby. Glenn Blackaby, director of the Minot museum, will meet people for a special tour at 2:30. The car run will leave Minot around 4:30 and return to Rugby to join our evening festivities at 5:30. Food by Henry's 90wt from Towner, ND will be served alongside beer from Minot's Souris River Brewing. Rugby local Dave Trottier will provide music all night.

Sunday morning sees the opening of the classic Village Fair. Our Prairie Village comes alive with costumed actors, vendors, demonstrations, food, and music. Events kick-off at 9:00 and run until 6:00 p.m. Some new things this year will be a costume contest. Anyone dressed in full costume gets in free and will be eligible to win our contest. The PVM is also trying out local area food trucks to serve the event. Fred's Chuckwagon will be serving hamburgers and hotdogs, while Minot's Cheesesteak Factory will be serving up lemonade and cheesesteaks. Rugby's own German from Russia group will be serving ethnic dishes.

Entertainment this year will be provided by our own WWI Choir. The Choir was organized by Museum board member Edie Wurgler for our WWI themed events in 2018. They performed to a packed house in May and due to high demand, we've invited them back for an encore performance. They will perform in the Church at 12:00 and 2:00. Other activities, especially for kids and families, will be available all day and especially from 1:00-5:00.

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Village Fair Pre-Party Saturday, August 11th, 2018

10:00-4:00 Blacksmithing Workshop in the Museum Village

* 1st Annual Museum to Museum Car Run

1:00 p.m. Cars meet at the Museum parking lot to get ready to ride. Everyone welcome! Free, no registration or cost. Family Friendly. Any type of car welcome!

1:30 p.m. Cars leave Rugby to head to Minot's Dakota Territory Air Museum for a special tour from director Glenn Blackaby featuring flying WWII war planes. 2:30 p.m. Special Tour begins. People are encouraged to join for the tour even if they can't make the car run. They are also encouraged to join the car run in Minot and return to Rugby.

4:30 p.m. Cars come back to Rugby.

5:30 p.m. Arrive in Rugby to join us for our beer flights, wine tasting, Henry's 90Wt BBQ and live music in the Village. Music begins at 7:00 and plays until dark! The event is kid friendly. Over 21's will get a bracelet. The Museum is fenced, and kids will be allowed to run and have fun, the alcohol is in a designated area. Kids are also encouraged to attend the Car Run and the Blacksmithing class!

- Blacksmithing workshop is free with admission to Museum. Car Run is free, no registration required, but admission fee required for tour of Dakota Territory Air Museum. There are other events in Rugby this weekend, makes it a great time to spend your weekend with us!

Village Fair Schedule Sunday, August 12th 2018

-Pancake Breakfast from 9:00-12:00 sponsored by Rugby Broadcasters, Inc.

-All Faiths Church Service in the Village Church @ 11:00

-Food Trucks All Day, Including Fred's Chuckwagon, The ConeZone, The Cheesesteak Factory, and Germans from Russia ethnic food.

-Penny Candy & Snacks in the General Store All Day

-Ice Cream and Floats in the Almquist Building All Day

-Popcorn & Sarsaparilla & Cream Soda in the Saloon All Day

-Kids Activities from 1:00-5:00

-Drums Alive with Cari for kids at 1:00 & 3:00

-Small Engines with Dave

-Blacksmithing Demonstration from 10:00-4:00

-Historical Costume Contest. Free Admission on Sunday to Village Fair to anyone dressed in full late 1800-1900s costume.

-Old Fashioned Laundry, Rope Making, Butter Churning

-Kids Art Show in the Silva School, featuring our summer Kids Art Camp artwork

-Live Music in the Saloon & Almquist Buildings

-WWI Choir performs at 12:00 & 2:00

-WWI Exhibit From Ploughboys to Doughboys in G.U. Austen Gallery.

-Queen' Victoria's Dress

Museum director Stephanie Steinke says, "Rugby is really hopping this weekend! It will be a great time to join us in Rugby. We've got a lot of events going on and they celebrate everything made in ND." She continued, "Rugby's Farmer's Market opens at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, and our first ever Downtown Maker's Market street fair featuring crafters from across the state will be open from 10:00-3:00. Our Museum events will be running all day Saturday and Sunday with something for everyone. If you haven't seen Rugby or the Prairie Village Museum recently it's really good time to check us out again!"

For more information about the Rugby Farmer's Market contact Darylanna at the Rugby Chamber and Visitor's Bureau at 701.776.5846.

For information about the Maker's Market contact Carrie Schieve at Vintage Knots at 701.509.7837 or see her business Facebook page. www.facebook.com/vintageknots.

- Submitted by Museum Director Stephanie Steinke

 
 

 

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