Bring your lawn chairs and spend a relaxing afternoon at the Eighth Annual Hanover Festival and Ice Cream Social on August 29 at the Hanover Village.
Two nationally known old time bands that are very familiar to the festival are again returning.
Karl and the Country Dutchmen from Wisconsin and Bruce Bradley and his band from Minnesota both are looking forward to seeing many familiar faces and entertaining you with their German, Slovenian and Polish music. Also sharing the stage will be a favorite local duo performing their original country music - Sara and the Singing Farmer are familiar to everyone and will entertain you in their own style.
Enjoy a trip back in time as you view the buildings of the village. The General Store is again showing original furnishings. New displays include several groupings with items from the 50's and Route 66 in its prime is recognized. The second floor of the store is filled with clothing of the past including a 50's prom night and a 50's closet.
The mill house will be grinding grain with the steam engine's power and the antique machinery will be pulled out of the machine shed for viewing.
The village home on the corner has been restored to the 1930's era so be sure to visit it and the wash house behind.
Planned children's activities include games, a petting zoo and horse and wagon rides.
The Hanover Village is located southwest of Alta at the corner of C65 and M27. Gates open at noon with food available from noon until 7 p.m. Music will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Admission is $5; children 14 and under are free.
A handicapped-accessible shuttle bus will run between the church parking lot and store all afternoon. Tents provide shelter, rain or shine.
The celebration, hosted by the Hanover Historical Society, provides activities and fun for all ages.