Village Fair planned at Rugby museum

RUGBY Prairie Village Museum in Rugby will hold its annual Village Fair Aug. 9 and 10.

According to a press release, the event will include music, pioneer demonstrations, fun activities for kids, an art show, and food.

A difference this year is that the fair is being expanded to two days. On Saturday, Aug. 9, fair-goers will find members of the Western Canadian Wheelwright’s Association at work making wagon wheels the old-fashioned way. This is the first time the organization has gathered on U.S. soil and members will be demonstrating their skills with wood and iron, fire and water from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10.

On Saturday, Aug. 9, focus will be on the wheelwrights. Friends of the Museum will serve burgers and hotdogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Dakota Playboys of New Rockford will fill the air with old-time music that afternoon. “This will be a quieter day and a great time to observe the wheelwrights, listen to some fun music, take in the art show, and explore the 30 buildings that make up our museum,” said Cathy Jelsing, executive director.

Activities on Sunday, Aug. 10, start at 9 a.m. with volunteers serving pancakes and sausage in the Depot (serving goes until noon) and the wheelwrights at their post outside the Livery Barn. At 9:15 Pastor Nathan Steen and members of Glad Tidings Assembly of God will lead an all-faiths service in the historic Zion Lutheran Church. At 11:30 a.m. Brittan Grubb and Bill Frankie of Mandan will kick off musical entertainment with an eclectic repertoire of pop, country, alternative and blues.

Featured on the big Back Alley stage will be Celtic band GreenMan. The Minot quartet melds traditional Celtic music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales with contemporary arrangements by the Chieftains and newer traditionalists like Solas and Dervish. Highway 43, a seasoned trio from the Turtle Mountains, plays a little bit of country, bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll. With three stages and two performances by each band, the music will go until the gates close at 5 p.m.

Food equals fun at the Village Fair and on Aug. 10 Friends of the Museum will deliver with burgers, hotdogs, tacos in a bag, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and German potato salad. Sweets include Sons of Norway rommegrot, lefse and wafflers; homemade pie baked by the Rugby Eagles Auxiliary; smoothies, root beer floats and Pride Dairy ice cream. Burgers and hotdogs will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Admission is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors (65+) and college students; $3 for kids 7-17; and free for kids 6 and under. Geographical Center Historical Society members ($30 or $15) attend for free. For the complete fair schedule go to (