Heritage Days kick off July 11Are you ready? Heritage Days is just around the corner. This year’s theme is “Cowboys and Cadillacs” so grab your Stetson and fire up the Coup de Ville, it’s time to have some fun, Two Harbors style.
By: Tammy Francois, Lake County News Chronicle
Are you ready? Heritage Days is just around the corner. This year’s theme is “Cowboys and Cadillacs” so grab your Stetson and fire up the Coup de Ville, it’s time to have some fun, Two Harbors style.
Organizers have been planning the annual four-day event since last summer and by the time of the Thursday, July 11, kick-off, Heritage Days chair, Cheryl Sundstrom and a committed team of hard working committee members, including Doris Larkin, Bill and Ruth Rabold, Barb Ganser and Sundstrom’s daughter, Holly Booterbaugh, will have arranged a host of activities for adults and kids.
“This year we’ve got the Minnesota Old West Society and they’ll have a tent village set up below the depot. They’ll have gun fights and rope shows throughout the weekend,” said Sundstrom, adding that the reenactment will include opportunities for spectators to pull up a hay bale, sample some cowboy cuisine and warm their toes around the campfire. She also said to expect some Wild West hi-jinx, but the Lake County News-Chronicle will refrain from breaking that story (and spoiling the fun) ahead of time.
Thursday, as in years past, the festivities will begin with the kiddie parade. Line-up will begin at First Avenue and Seventh Street at 6 p.m. Participants will stroll, roll or run along First Avenue and up Waterfront Drive to Thomas Owens Park for games, face painting, a story corner and ice cream. There will also be some games for which tickets can be purchased – proceeds going to support the Knife River Rec Center. At 7:30 p.m. the Two Harbors City Band will play at the band shell, there’ll be a classic car cruise and at 8:30, and teens can boogie at the Two Harbors Community Center, 505 First Avenue, where a DJ will be playing music.
Friday will include a golf scramble at Lake View International Golf Course with registration at 9:30 a.m. and an 11 a.m. shotgun start. There’ll be music all day on the Heritage Days stage by the community center, where at 4 p.m. the Swedes and Norwegians will hold their annual grudge match — the lutefisk toss. Last year’s match saw the Norwegians reclaiming the title after five winless years. The Swedes will doubtless be out to flaunt their fish flinging finesse and take back the trophy. Don’t miss it!
For those who prefer their activities fish-free, there’ll be Lion’s Club sponsored bingo at the community center at 6 p.m., before the street dance on First Avenue at 7 p.m. Sundstrom said the dance will begin and end one hour earlier than last year, but there’ll be no shortage of live music that evening or throughout the weekend. In fact, she said they’ve deliberately focused on more stage entertainment this time around.
“I think we have music this year that will suit everyone’s tastes –rock and roll, a little bit of country to jazz,” she promised.
Saturday’s line up starts bright and early with the Two Harbors Fire Department’s pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by the classic car show at Danny’s Auto Body parking lot at 8 a.m. Bill Rabold, who has been coordinating the show for 23 years, said that he’s sent out over 100 flyers inviting classic car enthusiasts to bring their buggies up the shore. Last year 85-90 cars were on display.
“They love to come up to the car show,” he said, “the parade goes right by the lot and I have Boy Scouts making hot dogs and brats. They can walk down to the depot and shop; it’s the perfect place to bring a car.” Rabold also offers and added incentive -- a $10 entry fee no matter how many cars an owner enters in the show.
Winners of the show are chosen by ballot, with the top 20 cars receiving trophies. There’s also a mayor’s choice and people’s choice award, he said. Rabold encourages everyone to stop by and see the cars.
“It just brings back old days that were a little lighter and less hectic than now days,” he said.
Also Saturday, the Heritage Days Parade will kick off at at 1 p.m. and in addition to local talent, the parade will include the oft requested Marty’s Goldenaires from Bessemer, Mich., who will be marching and playing music along the parade route and at the Legion afterwards.
Elvis tribute artist, Kenny King is returning to Heritage Days after impressing crowds of all ages in 2012. He’ll perform Saturday at 7 p.m. at Thomas Owens Park, just after Jerry Vandiver and the One Match Band, who will regale audiences with “paddle songs,” said Sundstrom, “(Vandiver) writes a lot of his own music and they do songs about water, woods and nature.”
Don’t forget the vendors and crafters in the Depot parking lot – 50 have been confirmed so far. While you’re shopping for that perfect gift, stop and say hello to Steve Salseg, the Cross Lake man who was struck by lightning at last year’s Heritage Days. Sundstrom said she was surprised, but pleased to see that he and his wife will be returning to sell their line of reversible clothing.
A complete list of activities and events will be coming soon. Look for it in the Lake County News-Chronicle.
Community members who’d like to get involved in Heritage Days can still do so. Volunteers are needed to make signs and Sundstrom said that the donation of a golf cart or two would be welcome for the weekend. Of course, cash donations would be most appreciated, as the cost of Heritage Days carries a $10-12,000 price tag.
“The cost of the parade alone is $4,000,” said Sundstrom, with a reminder that residents can return their June utility bill at City Hall with a check for Heritage Days.