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Native American Pow Wow is new two-day feature for Heritage Fest

Plans are becoming finalized for the August 15-16 Heritage Fest.

The main feature this year is a Native American Pow Wow.

Pow Wow coordinator Dennis Hisgun is the same person who does the White Earth and Mahnomen Pow Wow. He is very experience in putting on these events. He will also be the MC for the event. The Pow Wow ring director will be Tom Mason. The host drum will be Lil Redtail.

There will be drummer groups, dance groups and a storyteller by the Saturday evening bonfire, to share some of the Native beliefs and history.

The Pow Wow will go for two days, right along with the Heritage Fest, and there will be many vendors selling food and Native American crafts and items.

Pow Wow grand entries will be both days

They will have two grand entries, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, and one grand entry on Sunday, at 1 p.m. Feel free to bring lawn chairs to sit in comfort.

For a Friday night kick off, the ballroom will have a DJ. As vendors and entertainers check in, the Heritage Fest committee will be serving hot dogs, soda and have the beer garden open.

The Pioneer Grounds will be loaded with interesting demonstrations, exhibits and vendors this year. There will be a chair caning demonstration and lefse-making.

Clan Tartan will have a Scottish encampment on-site and share their dances and heritage.

Black Powder group to host encampment

The Black Powder Rendezvous will be hosted at the Pioneer Village site, where people can walk through their historically acurate encampment and watch them load and shoot.

Dance, turkey feed Saturday night

The Saturday evening dance will feature the Lakes Country Band. They have been known to perform special dances such as "the paddle dance," which everyone loves to watch.

The Jennie O turkey store donated almost 500 pounds of turkey and there will be a turkey sandwich feed Satuday evening at 5 p.m., with procedes going for the Pioneer Grounds upkeep.

The Lions will serve breakfast, starting at 7 a.m. each day. There is also a flower show going on in the ballroom during the day, and a pie and ice cream social in the afternoon.

There will be a car show on the grounds, a petting zoo and free range roosters wandering around. There will be music on the outdoor bandstand throughout the two days, games for the kids both afternoons and a peddle tractor pull.

If you have any questions about Heritage Fest, pick up their flyers in local stores or contact Holly Baker at (218) 841-1499.