Dakota Dixie headlines Rugby’s Village Fair

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Dakota Dixie (above) is just one of the musical acts planned for the annual Village Fair in Rugby.

Special to the Journal

Dakota Dixie will fill the air with traditional jazz during Prairie Village Museum’s Village Fair on Sunday, Aug. 12, in Rugby. The festivities include music, pioneer demonstrations, costumed villagers, kids’ games, ethnic foods, an art exhibit and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dakota Dixie will take the stage at 1:15 and at 3:45 p.m. The Minot-based band has performed together for more than 20 years and regularly appears at Minot’s Great Tomato Festival, Integrity Jazz Festival and other venues.

River Road of Devils Lake kicks off the entertainment at 10:30 a.m. with a set of gospel tunes. They’ll return to the stage at 2:30 p.m., applying guitar, banjo and keyboard to bluegrass, old-time and classic tunes. Mexico native Manuel Delgado of Minot will share his charm, his rich voice and his traditional guitar work with audiences at 11:45 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Fairgoers will find cooks baking in the cook car, butter churners in the creamy, a blacksmith hammering in the blacksmith shop, fancy gals performing in the saloon, a church lady singing in the church, stitchers doing handwork on the Gronvold House porch, clerks merchandising in the General Store, artists exhibiting their work in Silva School, and Sheriff Kenny and Deputy Kordell locking folks up in the York Jail.

In addition to helping keep the peace, Lazy Eye Rod Solem – a member of the Single Action Shooting Society – will display and talk about his collection of handguns and rifles.

Kids’ activities include old-fashioned games, impromptu classes in one-room Juniata School, face painting, and museum scavenger hunts.

As for food, pancakes and sausage will be served between 9 and 11 a.m. At about 11:30 a variety of food and concession stands will open offering ethnic favorites like German potato salad, Norwegian lefse, Italian pizza on the grill, and all-American treats like hamburgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, pulled pork, homemade pie, popcorn, ice cream and root beer floats.

For more information, visit  prairievillagemuseum.com, see the museum’s Facebook page or call 701-776-6414.