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Heritage Day was successful event, despite rain

September 10, 2012
Cheryl Patrou - Museum volunteer , The Daily Freeman Journal

Despite the threat of rain, Heritage Day was plentiful with visitors.

They visited the Wilson Brewer cabin to see what life was like in a cabin in the 1850s, or they could sit at a desk in the Harmony Center School and experience using a chalkboard and reading from the Dick and Jane books. The Mulberry Center Church revealed its newly-remodeled interior. The first courthouse of Hamilton County received visitors, and people could get help with family ancestry from the Hamilton Heritage Hunters. The General Store had Jennifer McCollough showing how to make a rug. In the Depot, you could see many items from manufacturers and businesses in Webster City. The Military Room was the big draw, with display cases featuring items from every era of war, all donated from local and area men and women. The Native American Room had recently been updated and re-arranged, so you were able to see things that you may not have noticed before. The Gift Shops, inside and outside, were very busy, selling Webster City items, as well as toys for the kids.

The Flea Market/Craft Show is always a favorite place to wander, looking for that special treasure to take home.

Smiley the Train was full all day, with little ones waiting for their turn. The gunny sack races and the Boy Scout water launcher kept the kids entertained. The Boy Scouts served a very delicious lunch, including fresh-baked apple or peach cobbler.

And Larry Dunbar, Magician, moved his starting time up half an hour, due to rain moving in. Everyone crowded around under the trees, watching Larry teach tricks and astound the crowd with scary magic. The little kids sat in the front on the ground, cross-legged, with their mouths open and their eyes wide with surprise as dangerous tricks were performed.

Runway Mobile Sound provided music and kept the crowd informed with announcements and updates on the weather.

The Car Show had a smaller number of cars than usual, due to the threat of rain, but the visitors enjoyed the beauty and style of the vintage autos.

Paranormal Researchers of Iowa were on hand to share stories from investigations, and Rockin' Poppin' Kettle Korn kept "poppin" through the rain.

I want to thank all of you that visited our park, to all of the vendors that took a chance on the weather, and especially to all of the volunteers that were in the buildings, outside at the gift shop, helped with set-up or tear-down, and met numerous times to get everything planned. Without your help, there would not have been a Heritage Day.

Cheryl Patrou

Museum volunteer

Webster City



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