Bring your lawn chairs and spend a relaxing afternoon at the Hanover Festival and Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Hanover Village. Two nationally known bands will perform - Karl and the Country Dutchmen from Wisconsin and the Barry Boyce Family Band from Omaha will perform from noon to 7 p.m.
The Hanover Historical Village offers a trip back in time with the restored buildings and demonstrations at the festival. The General Store with its original furnishings recaptures the early 1900's. Displays in the store change each year. The village home on the corner along with the wash house gives you a taste of the 1930's. An area in the house has been set aside for a rug loom which will be demonstrated during the day.
During the past year much progress has been made on the restoration of the blacksmith shop which is being furnished with yesteryear's equipment. Robert Haselhoff will be on hand to demonstrate the smithy's trade.
The agricultural heritage of the community will be on display as your tour the Mill House, old barn and the Machine Shed.
Displays of antique tractors, farm machinery, hit and miss engines and cars will bring back memories to all.
Everyone will enjoy the demonstrations of wood carving, rope making, corn shelling, sheep shearing, spinning and pressing apples into cider. An old steam engine will be powering many of the demonstrations including the operation of a saw mill. Children will be entertained with games and the petting zoo.
The Hanover Historical Village is located southwest of Alta at the corner of C65 and M27. Gates open at noon with food and music available from noon to 7. Admission is $7.50; children 14 and under are free.
Parking is available across from the store or in the church parking lot. If you do not care to walk, park in the church lot and catch a handicapped-accessible shuttle bus which will run between the church parking lot and the general store site all afternoon. Tents provide shelter, rain or shine.