FAIRMONT– Interlaken Heritage Days returns to Fairmont this weekend for its 34th year.
“Last year we didn’t have full activities for IHD, but this year we are back”, said Rachel Greeley, member of the Interlaken Heritage Days committee.
The seven-person group begins planning pretty much as soon as events wrap up for the year. In fact, Greeley admitted that they are already working on next year’s event.
Much of the time is spent fundraising and writing grant applications. Fundraisers include two craft and vendor displays and concession stands at other events around town. IHD relies on sponsorships and donations from local businesses and the work of volunteers to continue year after year.
The Friday night festivities will kick off with a free community meal beginning at 5 p.m. at Heritage Acres. The meal will be served until 8 p.m. or until he’s gone and Greeley said they often run out early. Pork patties will be served and grilled by Martin County pork producers. As for entertainment, there will be live music performed by Steve Lang.
“Olson Rentals got all their tires out at Heritage Acres that night,” Greley said.
On Saturday, the action moves to Gomsrud Park. Events begin in the morning with a D&S Pedal Kick at 10 a.m. There will also be canoe rides with Wilderness Inquiry, which are all accessible canoes. Greeley said the group had been coming since 2015 but had missed the last two years.
“There will be pontoon rides with Let’s Go Fishing”, Greley said.
There will also be a craft show and a variety of events for children, including a balloon artist, face painting and duck racing. Greeley said the Martin County Library will also be doing a craft starting at 10:30 a.m. and it’s for all ages.
The City of Lakes Garden Club will also be hosting a garden party and plant exchange at Lincoln Park Shelter House during IHD.
“First responder vehicles will be there from 11 a.m.,” Greley said.
A variety of food trucks will also be set up at Gomsrud Park for much of Saturday.
Events conclude at the park at 4 p.m. and at 6 p.m. the parade will begin and follow its traditional route. It will start at Heritage Acres and go around the corner from the Fairmont Opera House and through Downtown Plaza. It will end in Lincoln Park.
“So far we have about 50 units, but we are still getting a lot of last minute registrations,” Greeley said, noting that they were usually approaching 70.
After the parade, a street dance will take place on 1st Street in front of the Blazer Bar. Maiden Dixie, a band based in the Twin Cities, will perform.
Those who have spent most of the last year planning the event hope it will be well attended.
“Last year when we came back we had an amazing turnout, so hopefully that will happen again.” Greley said.
She said they are always looking for volunteers, whether they just want to take on a few hours of work and help out with phone calls, or jump in the ring and offer more help. The sub-committees include fundraising, parade and festival.
To find more information about IHD and a full list of this year’s events, visit Ihdfairmont.org.