The historic town of Hanover will be bustling once again as the historical village hosts a tractor ride, oats threshing and saw milling on Saturday, Aug. 21.
The sixth annual tractor ride will begin the day's activities at 8 a.m. as tractors and drivers will assemble at the Hanover Corner at the junction of M-27 and C-65, eight miles southwest of Alta, Iowa. From there, the ride will travel west to Silver Sioux Park.
A coffee break and the noon lunch will be included in the $15 registration fee.
Drivers must be at least 16 years of age, and only one rider per tractor will be allowed unless a special seat is provided.
As drivers return from their ride, they are invited to stay for the day and enjoy the annual Threshing and Sawmill event, beginning at 1 p.m.
The oats, already cut and shocked for the event, will be threshed at the Hanover Village by a large steam engine powering the old-time threshing machine. Following the threshing event, everyone is invited to stay and watch trees turn to lumber during the operation of the saw mill, also powered by a steam engine.
Food will be available, and there is no charge for admission to the threshing and sawmill event.
That event is simply one of the many opportunities in Hanover to witness the way life was in the days of yesteryear.
The historic village contains a restored country general store with original furnishings, an old time barber shop, a unique two story machine shed, and an old time home, providing an experience of long ago.
The working mill, with its pulleys, shafts and belts, as well as the barn with old time agricultural displays, provide insight into agriculture of the past.
The restoration of a blacksmith shop is also in progress.
Hanover will also be celebrating the Annual Hanover Festival on Sunday, August 29, with toe-tapping polka and old time music for those who love to listen and dance.
During the festival, all buildings will be open and numerous displays, demonstrations, games and a petting zoo will be open for all to enjoy.
Gates open at noon with music from noon- 7 p.m. Admission will be charged to all over 14 years of age, free parking will be available, and it is advised to bring your own lawn chair.
For more information about the festivals, contact Virdene Otto, 712-282-4247, or Gene Suhr, 712-434-5382.
To schedule an appointment for a tour of Hanover Historical Village, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 225-1980 or 434-5410.