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Pioneer Village comes ALIVE at Heritage Days in Osborne
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Pioneer Village comes ALIVE at Heritage Days in Osborne

How about a family-fun weekend? Experience the old ways of life at the 44th Annual Osborne Heritage Days! The event takes place Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th at Osbourne Park and Welcome Center from 10 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Witness the 1880 Pioneer Village of Osborne come alive, complete with demonstrations and food from yesteryear.

Long ago, Osborne was a tiny town in Northeast Iowa. Tucked in among the rolling green fields, woodlands, and cool waters of the Volga River, and situated between Elkader and Strawberry Point, this once thriving town lost most of its residents to other areas since its peak in the 1930’s. Heritage Days allows visitors to go back in time to explore the way of life in Iowa towns during the pioneer era. Demonstrations include basketry, candle making, quilting, spinning, storytelling, and flint knapping. Have a little fun by participating in a contest! How about buffalo chip throwing, a chilli cook-off, or pumpkin decorating? Light up your taste buds and enjoy hearty buffalo stew, mouthwatering fried bread, lefse, and delicious sweet caramel apples. As you eat, listen to toe-tapping live music.

From its modest beginnings, with only a few demonstrations, Heritage Days has grown to be one of Northeast Iowa’s most popular fall festivals. Take a journey to Clayton County along the gorgeous River Bluff Scenic Byway in a brief journey back in time.

Come to Heritage Days and experience for yourself how pioneers lived, the food they ate, and the games they played. Heritage Days always take place the second weekend of October the height of the leaf-looking season.

By Gianna Manternach

Image credit: Darla Kelchen CCDG

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