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Remembering our history: Heritage Days weekend kicks off Friday

Heritage Days weekend in New Richmond kicks off Friday with the annual spaghetti dinner at the Heritage Center Pavilion. (Photo by Micheal Foley)

It is once again that time of year when the leaves start turning colors and the summer heat begins to fade away. It also marks the annual Heritage Days weekend, Sept. 26-28, at the New Richmond Heritage Center.

“For the most part, the event is staying the same since people have really liked what we have been doing,” said Irv Sather, executive director of the Heritage Center. “We are going stay on the same line with the entertainment as well, but there will be a new display in the history shed.”

The weekend kicks off with a spaghetti dinner on Friday, Sept. 26, at the Heritage Center Pavilion. On Saturday, the annual Fall Fun Run is the highlight of the day, with a five-mile run and 5K Run/Walk as well as a ¾-mile kids race. On Sunday, the Heritage Family Festival starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m, rain or shine. In addition, the Heritage Center’s flea and farmers market will be open.

“We once again have stagecoach rides, a petting zoo and food galore,” Sather said. “Hopefully the weather will be beautiful and everyone will have a good time.”

One of the most important parts of Heritage Days to Sather is teaching the younger generations about the past.

“We have mainly geared the whole event toward children since they are so much further away from the history of New Richmond and the world in general than their parents or grandparents,” Sather said. “Kids today are much more removed from the past than anyone else. We try to bring back the past for them since sometimes it can be very alien to anyone who didn’t live through it or experience it.”

Another thing children enjoy about Heritage Days weekend, according to Sather, is the hands-on nature of all the tasks and chores from the past.

“The kids really like using their hands and getting to make things, like rope or butter,” Sather said. “The kids also really like the guessing games and getting the chance to get up close to the big tractors that are there for the weekend. And they all love the ice cream too.”

The Heritage Center grounds consist of the Bell-Tierney Farmstead, a blacksmith shop, Camp 9 School, Ubet Store, a Norwegian cabin, the Northside House, the Heritage Church, the History Shed, the Pavilion and more.

“We have a wonderful facility and a lot of great volunteers, which I think is another reason people enjoy coming out for Heritage Days,” Sather said. “The Heritage Center gives a great look into the history of New Richmond and people enjoy that.”

Learn more about the Heritage Days Festival and the New Richmond Heritage Center at NRHeritageCenter.org.

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Heritage Days weekend

When: Friday, Sept. 26-Sunday, Sept. 28

Where: New Richmond Heritage Center

(1100 Heritage Dr.)

Events:

— Sept. 26, spaghetti dinner from 4:30-7 p.m.

at the Heritage Center Pavilion

(adults $7, kids 12 and under $3).

— Sept. 27, the main event is the Fall Fun Run.

— Sept. 28, the Heritage Family Festival starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m., rain or shine.

More information: Visit NRHeritageCenter.org or email the Heritage Center at info@nrheritagecenter.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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