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Grand Meadow Heritage Festival this weekend

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Roy Townsend, left, and Bob Carlson are standing in front of Ray's Blacksmith shop at Grand Meadows. The shop is named for Ray Todd who donated much of the equipment used at the Blacksmith Shop. This weekend is Grand Meadow Heritage Center's annual festival and the shop is a new attraction at this year's festival. Photo by Mike Leckband
36th annual event a popular attraction

The 36th Grand Meadow Heritage Center will present its annual festival this Saturday and Sunday.

One special event at this year's festival will the dedication of Ray's Blacksmith Shop, named in honor of Ray Todd, who donated many of the tools and equipment used in the shop. This is an open dedication, and it is the organizers' wishes that everyone stop by the Blacksmith Shop during their visit to Grand Meadow this year.

Keeping busy - Jerry Townsend, left, and Joel Volkert were hard at work on Tuesday at the Grand Meadow Heritage Center, where the pair were busy working on replacing some windows at one of the old school buildings located at Grand Meadow. Photo by Mike Leckband
There's much to enjoy at this year's festival, including a chain saw artist, petting zoo and pony rides (9 a.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday), a working saw mill, historic museum, a steam engine, civil war memorabilia, thrashing demonstrations (2:30 p.m. on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday), blacksmith shop demonstrations (10 a.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday), sheep shearing demos (2:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11:30 on Sunday), antique tractors, antique cars and trucks, homemade ice cream, log cabins, spinning wheel, various vendors, and that's just for starters.

Saturday will start with a breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Beginning at 9 a.m. the McNeil Family Music will be performing. Grand Meadow School Alumni Recognition will be at 10:30 a.m. and the tractor parade will begin at 11 a.m.

JK Country will perform at 11:30 a.m. At 12:30 p.m. the antique tractor pull featuring tractors that are from the 1950's and older will start, and the Western Iowa Border Agents will be at 1:30 p.m. Be sure not to miss the barbecue meal from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday will kick-off with a Sunday non-denominational Church Service at 10:30 a.m. and followed by a Sunday Brunch at 11:30 a.m. Entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. with Riata Country Music and Kelsey Doll at 12:30 p.m.

Also at 12:30 the Dale Nafe Memorial Car Show sponsored by Vintage Wheels will begin.

For more information call 229-0500 or 447-6201. Grand Meadow Heritage Center is located at 6306 D Ave, near Washta, the Center is 15 miles south of Marcus on L-36 or nine miles west of Quimby on C-60 then two miles south on L-36.

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