Bring your lawn chairs and spend a relaxing afternoon at the Eleventh Annual Hanover Festival and Ice Cream Social on Sunday Aug. 26 at the Hanover Village. Two nationally known old time bands that are very familiar with the festival are again returning. Karl and the Country Dutchmen and Malek's Fishermen are both looking forward to seeing many familiar faces and entertaining fans with their German, Czech and Old World music. Both will bring plenty of music for the audience's listening or dancing enjoyment.
Also returning to the festival this year will be Paul Messerschmidt with his Parade of Geese. Come see their new costumes as they walk the grounds.
Enjoy a trip back in time as you view the restored buildings of the village. The General Store with it's original furnishings takes you back to the early 1900's. New displays include a doll collection and the collection of old time food preservation items. The second floor focuses on unique furniture pieces from years past.
Be sure to visit to the barn which features live animals and antique livestock items. The machine shed, mill house, wash house, the 1930's village home and the barber shop will all be open for viewing. A blacksmith will again be smithing at the newest restoration in progress. Stop to see him at the blacksmith shop.
Everyone will enjoy the demonstrations of wood carving, rope making, spinning, corn shelling, and pressing apples into cider. Antique tractors, farm machinery and cars will bring back memories to all. The steam engine will be powering demonstrations throughout the afternoon. Children will be entertained with games and a petting zoo.
The Hanover Historical Village is located southwest of Alta at the corner of C65 and M27. Gates open at noon. Music will be from noon to 7 p.m. and food is available. Admission is $7.50; children 14 and under are free.
Parking is available across from the store or in the church parldug lot. A handicappedaccessible shuttle bus will run between the church parking lot and the store all afternoon. Tents provide shelter, rain or shine.
The celebration is hosted by the Hanover Historical Society, providing activities and fun for all ages. Please mark your calendar and join us for the afternoon.