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Heritage Days slated for this weekend in New Richmond

New Richmond residents are invited to take a trip back in time this weekend. Sept. 25-27 marks the 24th annual Heritage Festival.

From dinners to runs to demonstrations and sales, the Heritage Festival has many events planned.

The festival kicks off Friday, Sept. 25, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with the spaghetti dinner at the Pavilion of the Heritage Center, 1100 Heritage Drive, New Richmond. Spaghetti, salad, Italian bread, dessert and beverages will be served.

The secret recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce, heavy with meat, will be used for this traditional dinner once again. Cost is $7, and kids younger than 13 are $3.

The morning of Saturday, Sept. 26, will see the Fall Five Mile and 5K Run/Walk. This is a competition that is a favorite of individuals and families, and includes a one-mile Kids Race.

The adult race fee $15 in advance, $19 day of; walk, $9 in advance, $10 day of; Kids Race, $11.

Participants may pre-register by calling 715-246-3276 or come to the Heritage Center as early as 7 a.m. to register the morning of the race. Runners and walkers will receive quality long-sleeved, commemorative T-shirts. Racing starts at 8 a.m.

Sunday is the big day of the festival, said Amy Kavaloski, executive assistant at the center. Events start at 11 a.m. and go until 5 p.m.

New this year will be an educational display of live animals, like hedgehogs.

"They're things you can't get your hands on day to day," Kavaloski explained.

The New Richmond FFA will have old machinery and engines on display at the Heritage Center on Sunday.

Sculptures made by local kids will be moved from Glover Park to the Heritage Center.

Pony rides by Fantasy Corrals will be back again this year. There is a cost to ride the ponies.

Stage coach rides will be offered for a small fee again, pulled by horses owned by Tom Cook of Somerset.

All the buildings will be open for tours. Demonstrations in gunsmithing, blacksmithing, quilting, sewing, spinning and fish fly tying will be given.

Children can enjoy many kids games including treasurer hunt in the hay, rope making, fishing in the outhouse, button making and birdhouse building.

Games for all include Guess What It Is, How Many in the Jar and How Many Can You Find. Prizes are awarded for each of these games and winners will be contacted after the event.

A craft sale will take place outside on the center's grounds. Crafters of all kinds are welcome to sell their wares, Kavaloski said. Since they set up outside, there's plenty of room for more, she said.

Food and beverages are sold throughout the day. Ice cream and penny candy will be sold at the Ubet Store and bars will be sold at the northside house.

The event will be held rain or shine, Kavaloski said.

During good weather, the event draws about 1,200 people throughout the course of the day, she estimated.

"We love doing this for the community. The community enjoys it and we enjoy doing it for them," she said.

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