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O’Fallon Historical Museum, in conjunction with Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation, has planned an event for June 12, that they hope will become an annual affair. Heritage Fest is a celebration of the history and heritage of Fallon County which includes lots of fun old-fashioned games, demonstrations, and interactive elements as well as speakers and live music. There are also activities happening downtown, with horse-drawn wagon rides planned between main street and the museum.

EPEDC Downtown Development Specialist Melissa Higbee states, “Part of my job is to encourage economic growth in the areas that we serve, and my research has pointed me to events as an effective way to do that. When I approached Curator Melissa Rost about planning something with the museum, she was excited to get on board. We think Heritage Fest has the potential to expand over the years and be an event that is enjoyable for all ages while benefitting the whole community.”

At the museum there will be several activities that guests can try out. Participants can make a rope and then give roping a dummy calf a try. There will be a laundry station where visitors can use homemade soap and scrub on an old-fashioned wash board and hang the washing out to dry. Patrons can also make and sample butter, grind their own flour, make tea, get their initials branded on a board, or try out a loom. There will be an original chuckwagon onsite in addition to vendors selling everything from lemonade to homemade crafts, including authentic Native American beadwork. One can even try out a game of jacks or marbles and wander through all six museum buildings of Fallon County history.

The Baker CowBelles will be serving a freewill donation lunch starting at 11:30 a.m.. You can listen to local favorites Robert Boggs and Doug and Ken Schell while you eat. The chili recipe being served is from “The 406 Table,” a lifestyle book written by Billings author Karen Barbee. Karen will be on hand throughout the day and presenting her story and introducing her new books at 1 p.m. Mike Madler, creator of the Miles City to Deadwood Stage Coach exhibit, will also have a presentation about his research at 2 p.m. The day’s entertainment will start with cowboy poet Darla West at 10:30 a.m. and end with local fiddler Joe Epley at 2:45 p.m.

The excitement also extends downtown. Jalyn Klauzer will have her team in town to give wagon rides back and forth from the museum. In the lot north of Prairie Rose Classics the Plevna FFA and Rost Raptor Ranch will be sponsoring a petting zoo. Bring the kids down to spend some time loving up the animals! After that, head down to Heiser’s patio to watch Fast Draw, a timed shooting sport done with wax bullets. You can even give it a try yourself!

Come join us for a day of fun and learning on June 12. Everyone who signs the guest book at the museum will be automatically entered to win one of several gift drawings. See you there!

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