The Prairie Village Museum bandstand will hum with big-band swing, old-time fiddle music, folk-rock and blues from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 14 during the Village Fair in Rugby.
Featured entertainers include The Gentle Winds Orchestra, an eight-piece swing band from Minot; singer-songwriter Anna O. (a.k.a. Colleen Jelsing) of Rugby; and 17-year-old old-time fiddle champ Gabe Brien of Belcourt.
Marvin Bald Eagle-Youngman of St. John will lead kids in the traditional Indian game double ball. Kids also can try their luck with a hobo scavenger hunt and explore Prairie Village Museum’s new hobo jungle. And the Penn Station Players children’s theatre will present “School-less Days & Shoeless Days,” a medley of songs from “Oliver” and “Annie.”
Bald Eagle-Youngman also will share his extensive knowledge of medicines made from native plants.
Other demonstrators will include: spinner and soap maker Lydia Gessle, owner of Prairie Fire Soapworks & Fiber in Harvey; blacksmith Dean Hagen of Maddock; professional seamstress and Victorian-era clothing expert Marilyn Niewoehner of Rugby; quilter Cindy Haakenson of Willow City; cook car bakers Bill and Nancy Nix of Knox and Diane Dufner of Rugby; and lefse and rommegrot makers from Sons of Norway Lodge Odin #087.
Visitors will find school teachers in Juanita School, butter makers in the creamery, a clerk selling penny candy in the general store, a bar tender selling root beer and a couple of gals playing piano and singing in the saloon.
Volunteers will be popping popcorn, scooping ice cream and making floats at the drug store.
A classic car show will augment the museum’s extensive collection of antique and classic cars and farm machinery. New this year is a farmers market. Among those selling the fruits of their labors will be gardener Wally Fretland and Lillian Domres, maker of Grannies Donuts, both of Towner.
An all-faiths church service begins at 9 a.m. led by Brenda Burns of Knox Community and Lebanon Lutheran churches.
The annual Village Fair pancake breakfast will run from 8 to 11 a.m. Burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled chicken salad, pie and more will be available for purchase for lunch and throughout the day.
Village Fair admission is the same as regular museum admission: $7 for adults; $6 for students or seniors (65-plus); $3 for kids ages 7 to 17; free for ages 6 and under. Family admission (parents OR grandparents with minor children) is $18.
For more information visit www.prairievillagemuseum.com, find the museum on Facebook or call 701-776-6414.
The Village Fair is supported in part by special projects grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives its funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.