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Wanted: Your smiling face... for a photo that will be on the East Otter Tail historic record for decades to come.

A "community photo" will be taken August 17 at the Pioneer Grounds, as part of the August 16-17 "Heritage Festival: A celebration of our pioneer spirit."

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The photo session is inspired by those old, panoramic town pictures of bygone days.

The East Otter Tail Historical Society is excited about this historic event, which will capture an image that will be preserved for future generations--and will also be available for sale to participating families and individuals.

The East Otter Tail Historical Society is inviting friends, families, organizations, and businesses to be part of this historic event.

"This summer marks the 150th Birthday of the State of Minnesota and we felt this would be a great way to record the occasion," said Steph Ellingson, of the Historical Society board.

The photograph will be held in con junction with the Heritage Festival at the Perham Pioneer Village.

This event is free to the public, and admission to the Heritage Festival will be free all day on Sunday.

"We will begin to gather for the photo at approximately 1:30 p.m. and Deputy Mayor, Tim Meehl will welcome all who attend at 1:45 p.m.," said Ellingson.

Photographer Doug Lange will shoot the photo at 2 p.m.

Music, food, and entertainment will be featured both days of the Heritage Festival.

For more information contact Stephanie at 218-731-0340 or Steve at 218-371-7187.

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Volunteers sought for Heritage Fest

Planning for the 2008 Heritage Festival, formerly known as the "Pioneer Festival", is in its final stages.

The entertainment is on its way; the events, demonstrations and food will be better than ever; and help is needed.

"The East Otter Tail Historical Society is looking for volunteers to help us make this event extraordinary," said Historical Society board member Steph Ellingson.

"We need people at the festival to greet incoming guests, pass out brochures, share information about the historic buildings, collect tickets, serve refreshments, and many other duties that will no doubt sneak up on us before the opening day arrives," she added.

The Heritage Festival will be in full swing at the Pioneer Grounds in Perham on Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, rain or shine. They're looking for volunteers to help by working a four hour shift, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on either day.

Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. For more information, and to volunteer, contact Stephanie at 218-731-0340 or Steve at 218-371-7187.

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2008 Heritage Festival Schedule of Events

Friday, August 15:

Lake Country Mountaineers Black Powder Club - Registration begins for 3 Day Rendezvous.

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Saturday, August 16 - Free Admission:

7am - 10:30am Pancake Breakfast begins at the Pioneer Café - served by the Lakes Lions

8am Flag Raising - Perham VFW - located near the church

9am - Noon Black Powder Rendezvous - Visit the pre -1840 reenactment camp

Adjacent to the Pioneer Village

9am - 5pm Scottish Encampment by Clann Tartan - explore their living history camp

9am - 5pm Outdoor Market - Antiques, Art, Handcrafted, Homemade & Flea Market - located around the Grandview Ballroom

9:30 am Scottish Dance Performance on the Grandstand

10am History of Underground Railroad Quilt - Presentation will be held on the stage in the demonstration/display building. Speaker Diane Grenier.

10am 3 legged race - Games located by the General Store

Sponsored by Ma's Little Red Barn

10am A Norwegian Immigrant Reenactment by Roger Hellesvig

Visit Ole Oleson on the west side of the Westby house.

10am - 3pm Car Show east of the Grandview Ballroom- Perham Area Cruisers

10am - 4pm Petting Barn sponsored by EOT Wranglers - 4H Horse Club

10am Soap Making Demonstration by Carol Thomas - Visit the Westby House

10am - 5pm Kids Soap Making - FREE - Come dirty, leave clean! - Visit the Westby House

10am - 5pm Visit the Westby House - See and taste pioneer life...

Many demonstrations throughout the day.

10am - 5pm Ice Cream Treats at the General Store - served by Butler 4H

10am - 5pm Folk Art Demonstrators at the demonstration/display building

10am - 5pm Scenes of the Century - Historic Photographs & Equipment Exhibit The History Museum of EOT County - Visit the demo/display building.

10:30am Scottish Military Drill Demonstrations - located east of the encampment

11am Egg Relay - Games located by the General Store

Sponsored by Ma's Little Red Barn.

11am Wheat Weaving Demonstration by Holly Froemke

Visit the demonstration/display building.

10am - 5pm Kids Soap Making - FREE - Come dirty, leave clean! - Visit the Westby House

11am A Norwegian Immigrant Reenactment by Roger Hellesvig

Visit Ole Oleson on the west side of the Westby house.

11am - 12 noon Blue Hazard performs on the Grandstand

11am Beer Garden opens - Visit the Beer & Snack Shack north of the Bandstand

11am - 5pm Lunch begins at the Pioneer Café - served by Lakes Lions

Noon A Norwegian Immigrant Reenactment by Roger Hellesvig

Visit Ole Oleson on the west side of the Westby house.

1pm Bladder Ball Race - Games located by the General Store -

Sponsored by Ma's Little Red Barn

1pm Relief Wood Carving Demonstration by Izudin Becic

Located in the demonstration/display building

1pm - 2pm Blue Hazard performs on the Grandstand

1pm - 4pm Flower Show in the Grandview Ballroom - Lady Slipper Garden Club

1pm - 4pm Black Powder Rendezvous - Visit the pre -1840 reenactment camp

Adjacent to the Pioneer Village

2pm Bead History & Demonstration by Amy Washek, "Raven"

Visit the demonstration/display building

2pm Sack Race - Games located by the General Store -

Sponsored by Ma's Little Red Barn

2pm A Norwegian Immigrant Reenactment by Roger Hellesvig

Visit Ole Oleson on the west side of the Westby house.

2pm Soap Making Demonstration by Carol Thomas - visit the Westby House

2pm - 4pm Blue Grass Concert -The Johnson Family Band performs on the Grandstand

2:30pm Scottish Dance Performance on the stage in the Grandview Ballroom

3pm Flower Arranging Demonstration by Karen Williams

Meet in the Grandview Ballroom

3pm Wood Turning Bowl Demonstration by Phil Holtan

Located in the demonstration/display building

3pm A Norwegian Immigrant Reenactment by Roger Hellesvig

Visit Ole Oleson on the west side of the Westby house.

3:30pm Scottish Military Drill Demonstrations - located east of the encampment

8pm - Midnight Dance to Lakes Country Band - Grandview Ballroom

$5.00 admission (kids 12 & under are FREE)

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Sunday, August 17 - Free Admission:

7am - 10:30am Breakfast begins at the Pioneer Café - served by the Lakes Lions

8am Flag Raising - Perham VFW - located near the church

9am Old Fashioned Community Church with Gospel Music by the

Uffda Mountain Boys & Pastor Dirk Currier - located north of the church

Your welcome to bring your own lawn chairs.

9am - Noon Black Powder Rendezvous - Visit the pre -1840 reenactment camp

Adjacent to the Pioneer Village

9am - 5pm Scottish Encampment by Clann Tartan - explore their living history camp

9am - 5pm A Norwegian Immigrant Reenactment by Roger Hellesvig

10am - 4pm Outdoor Market- Antiques, Art, Handcrafted, Homemade & Flea Market - located around the Grandview Ballroom

10am - 4pm Folk Art Demonstrators at the demonstration/display building

10am - 5pm Scenes of the Century - Historic Photographs & Equipment Exhibit The History Museum of EOT County - Visit the demo/display building.

10am - 5pm Ice Cream Treats at the General Store - served by Butler 4H

10am - 5pm Visit the Westby House - See and taste pioneer life...

Many demonstrations throughout the day.

10:30am Scottish Dance Performance in the Grandview Ballroom

11am Soap Making Demonstration by Carol Thomas - Visit the Westby House

11am - 4pm Kids Soap Making - FREE - Come dirty, leave clean! - Visit the Westby House

11am Beer Garden Opens - Visit the Beer and Snack Shack north of the Grandstand

11am - 1pm Concert - Uffda Mountain Boys on the Grandstand

11am - 5pm Lunch begins at the Pioneer Café - served by the Lakes Lions

11am Pie & Ice Cream Social by the American Legion Auxiliary

Located at the Pioneer Cafe

11:30am Scottish Military Drill Demonstrations - located east of the encampment

Noon A Norwegian Immigrant Reenactment by Roger Hellesvig

Visit Ole Oleson on the west side of the Westby house.

Noon Kids Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pull - sponsored by the Perham Lions

Located east of the demonstration/display building.

12:30pm Native American Seed Beading Demonstration by Wendy Elroy

Located in the demonstration/display building

1pm A Norwegian Immigrant Reenactment by Roger Hellesvig

Visit Ole Oleson on the west side of the Westby house.

1pm - 4pm Black Powder Rendezvous - Visit the pre -1840 reenactment camp

Adjacent to the Pioneer Village

1:30pm Old Time Panoramic Photo - Line up will begin west of the Grandstand

1:45pm Welcome Speech by Deputy Mayor, Tim Neehl - located at photo site

2pm Old Time Panoramic Photo - Picture will be taken.

2pm - 5pm Concert - Cathy Erickson Dance Band

Grandview Heights Ballroom - $5.00 admission (kids 12 & under free)

2:30pm Scottish Dance Performance on the Grandstand

3pm A Norwegian Immigrant Reenactment by Roger Hellesvig

Visit Ole Oleson on the west side of the Westby house.

3:30pm Scottish Military Drill Demonstrations - located east of the encampment

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