If the revved-up pace of life in the fast lane has been leaving you addle-pated lately, take a pause for the cause Sept. 8 and 9 and come on out to the Grand Meadow Heritage Center and take a leisurely nostalgic stroll down the memory lane of yesteryear.
The occasion is the 31st Annual Grand Meadow Heritage Festival..one of the best all-around good-timing celebrations in these here parts.
For over three decades, this worthy institution has dedicated itself to the preservation of our rural heritage.
In the past, the Center has sponsored a number of hands-on "remember when" events, including horse drawn sleigh and hay rides, theater productions on stage in the Old Barn and ice cream socials.
The high point of the Heritage Center's social calendar, however, is their heel-kicking celebration of our rustic roots...an early fall fete that traditionally takes place the first weekend after Labor Day.
Over the years, the Heritage Festival has continued to gain in popularity, attracting visitors from all points of the compass, near and far.
If multi-row farming equipment is your forte, you might as well stay home and read your John Deere tech manuals.
You won't find any monster combines or umpteen-row planters,, equipped with computers and GPS capabilities at this event.
On the other hand, if your interests runs more in the direction of threshing machines and walking plows, you will have a hoot of a time.
These are just a few of the old-time working exhibitions that will be demonstrated during the festival.
If a modern day high-tech farm tractor seems like something out of a Star Wars movie to you, you will undoubtedly enjoy the profusion of antique tractors, cars and steam powered equipment that will be on display.
"Oldies But Goodies" and "They Don't Make Them Like They Used To" are the bywords of the Heritage Festival, just a couple of rustic adages demonstrated by an antique tractor pull that will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
One of the most popular events during the celebration is the antique parade. It occurs at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 8.
Another highlight of this year's Heritage Festival will be the Dale Nafe Memorial Car Show.
Antique cars and trucks, as well as other modified and street rods, will be strutting their stuff during the event.
The car show will include entries from a number of area car clubs and other sundry die hard gearheads including the Vintage Wheels Club from Sioux City.
On Sunday morning at 10:30, a non-denominational Country Church service will be held at the Center. The featured speaker will be Deb Bagenstos, the River Valley School District's Elementary principal.
If all this nostalgia happens to give you the munchies, there will be plenty of fuel for the fire during both days of the festival.
The classy cooks from the Meadow Star Methodist Church will be johnny-on-the-spot with their skillets in hand to serve breakfast from 7 till 9 on Saturday morning.
Lunch on Saturday and Sunday morning brunch will both be fantastic treats for any gourmand.
The award-winning members of the Meadow Valley Barbecue Team will be preparing the main course for both meals.
For Saturday lunch, they will be turning out their famous slow roasted pork loin.
Sunday brunch will not only boast of the pork loin, but include roast beef and ham as well.
Saturday night supper will be the culinary bailiwick of the Kingsley Quasquicentennial Committee. They will be serving a number of sandwiches fresh off their grills.
To cool things down, Dale Harvey's Incredible Ice Cream Machine will be on hand as usual.
In the past, during the two days of the Harvest Hullabaloo, Dale's machine has had a track record of cranking out well over 100 gallons of ice cream...which just goes to prove that people's tastes don't necessarily change over the years.
If you have a taste for music, there will be several musical aggregations on hand during the two days of the event to bend your ear, including concerts by the McNeill Family Band, the band Riata and singers Coco Levan, Denise Dreckman and Jill Miller.
On Saturday evening from 6 p.m. till 10 p.m., the band RoadHouse will provide the tunes for a good old-fashioned Country Barn Dance.
Other on-stage presentations will include Cletus Henke's magic act, a demonstration of choreographed smooth moves by local young dancers and a living history performance by Lewis and Clark buff Darrel Draper.
There will be something for everybody at the Festival.
While you are busy watching an old-time saw mill in action or the threshing machine at work, your wife will undoubtedly find herself attracted to the spinning demonstration or one of the tours of the Center's schools and museums.
.And don't leave the kids home either.
There will be plenty of events to capture their attention.
There will be a petting zoo with a menagerie of assorted critters, Country Kids Games and a country school exhibit, complete with teacher..enough entertainment to distract even the most die-hard Teen Age Mutant Turtles fan.
The Grand Meadow Heritage Center is located approximately 17 miles south of Marcus on L-36 or four miles west of Washta on C-66 and 2 miles north on L-36.
So drop on by..It will be worth it to be able to point at the threshing machine demonstration and be able to tell your kid:
"There, son. That's how we used to do it back in the good old days when men were men and smelled like horses!"