Finnish culture to be on display at Finn Creek Folk Festival
New York Mills is known for its Finnish heritage, and that culture will be on display at the annual Finn Creek Museum Summer Folk Festival, scheduled this year for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28.
The Finn Creek Museum is located three miles east of New York Mills off Hwy 106. The Minnesota Finnish-American Society Chapter 13 sponsors the events.
There is a gate donation of $4 for one day, or $6 for both days for adults. Children six to twelve are $1. Kids under six are free.
RV parking is available for $15 per night.
For more information, call the museum at 218-385-2233.
Saturday, Aug. 27
The festival begin Saturday at 7:30 a.m. with a French toast, pancake and sausage breakfast.
Dale Lubitz and the Old Time Country Bunch folk band will provide musical entertainment from 9-10 a.m.
At 9:30 a.m., the Heinola Store (gift shop), schoolhouse, chapel, town hall, and petting barn open. There will be tours of the museum building, horse drawn wagon rides with Chuck Perkins, concessions, and antique New York Mills Fire Department fire trucks on display.
Other morning activities include a Finnish language instruction in the schoolhouse from 9:30-10 a.m. Following the presentation will be a Finnish Heritage Conversation Hour from 10 to 11 a.m., also in the schoolhouse.
There will be log sawing, blacksmithing, rug weaving, oat threshing, small gas engine, and chainsaw art demonstrations at 10 a.m.
At 10:30 a.m., the winning grade-five, heritage essays from the New York Mills School District will be read.
From noon to 1:15 p.m. there will be a Finnish American pasty lunch.
Afternoon musical entertainment will be provided by Eric Roggenkamp and Eric's Band from 2-2:45 p.m., and from 3-4 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 28
Sunday's events begin with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
There will be an English and Finnish sing-along in the chapel from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
At 10 a.m. there will be an Ecumenical Finnish and English church services in the chapel with Pastor Elmer Yliniemi.
At 11 a.m., the Heinola Store (gift shop), schoolhouse, chapel, town hall and petting barn open. There will be tours of the museum building, horse drawn wagon rides, concessions, and antique equipment on display.
All-day demonstrations of log sawing, blacksmithing, rug weaving, oat threshing, small gas engines and chainsaw art also begin at 11 a.m.
The Trinity Lutheran Chuch Bell Choir will perform from 11 a.m. to noon and Sara Pajunen and Jonathan Rundman from Minneapolis will play guitar, fiddle and harmonium from 1-1:45 p.m. The duo, called Kaivama, will again play from 2-2:45 p.m., and again from 3-3:45 p.m.
At noon there will be a pork roast dinner until 1:15 p.m.
Other events include an antique tractor parade, Finnish heritage conversation hour, Finnish language lessons and much more. Prize drawings will conclude the events at 4 p.m.