Thursday, August 28, 2014
Photos by Tessa Moser
he restored Hanover Village south west of Alta at the intersection of M-27 and C-65 came alive on Sunday, August 24, as the 18th Annual Hanover Festival was held. Events began at noon and continued until 7 p.m. People from a 100-mile radius will come to celebrate and remember the rural life of the past century.
Many of the early settlers were of German descent, and the tradition of fine German polka bands headlines the entertainment. The music of Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen and Adam Sandhurst and the Jolly Jammers provided the beat for those who "kicked up their heels" on the dance floor. People also sat in the shade of the tent and listen.
People also have an opportunity to visit the many restored buildings including the general store, homes, blacksmith shop, saw mill, mill house and barn which are furnished with varied displays. During many working demonstrations one saw how various tasks--some very labor intensive-- were done in the past.
Cooper Schulenberg smiles while helping his grandpa Rick Keith churn apples for fresh apple cider. Patrons enjoyed the refreshing drink while the sun beat down Sunday afternoon.
Mario McDonald tosses a washer in a game at the Hanover Festival on Sunday. Kids also got to pet animals at a petting zoo and practiced milking a cow.
A group of men decide their next step with a piece of lumber during a saw mill demonstration. The debarking stage is shown here where it removes bark from the logs.
A man watches while Paul Fullenworth puts a piece of cedar wood through a shingle mill. Fullenworth is from Marathon and has been demonstrating this for over 30 years.
Suzanne Winterhof shares how she makes plastic sleeping mats. It takes about 400 plastic sacks to make one. They are sent to missions in Haiti as well as the homeless.
Bob Haselhoff, Kyle Freese, and Ryan Brodersen work outside the blacksmith shop Sunday afternoon.
Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchman band play a tune while couples dance to the music. People enjoyed the shaded tent area where the music band performed and could also enjoy food and refreshments throughout the day.