Full day of fun planned for Hanover Festival

Friday, August 23, 2019
Karl and the Country Dutchmen / Photos submitted

The Hanover Historical Society will host the 23rd Annual Hanover Festival on Sunday, August 25, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Hanover Village located southwest of Alta at the Junction of M-27 and C-65.  The event features entertainment for all ages and salutes the rural heritage of the area.  Those attending can view the restored village buildings with their many displays and enjoy a tasty hot sandwich along with homemade pie and ice cream.

The program for the event follows.


The Big Tent

Noon to 7 p.m.

Dancing/Listening music by Karl and the Country Dutchmen and Nate Fredrickson Band

General Store

Noon to 7 p.m.

Displays on both floors; store memorabilia, Hanover School history, New:  Walt Disney memorabilia; 1930’s on 2nd floor.

Feed Shed

Noon to 7 p.m.

Serving hot sandwiches and homemade pies, Ice Cream wagon by feed shed, Spinning demonstration area.

Blacksmith Shop

Forging demonstration; Tool, model toy, and model building displays

Blacksmith House Genealogy information; heirloom needlework display.  

Special demonstrations:

1:30 p.m.  Making egg coffee

2  p.m. Soap making

2:40 p.m. Quilt piecing and sewing

Hen House

See how little chicken were raised on the farm

Corner House

Visit restored vintage home; rug weaving demonstration

South of House

Rope making; making of snow fence and Maytag display

Petting Zoo

Sheep shearing at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Wash House

Display of yesteryear’s laundry equipment.

Mill House

Feed grinding demonstrations intermittently.


Display of corn growing and early harvest memorabilia.  See Awards won by Hanover’s National Hand Corn Picking Champion.

Machine Shed

Visit the uniquely constructed two-story shed. Old farm machinery; see the plow that broke the prairie.


Live young farm animals; Old livestock equipment displayed.

Saw Mill

Operated intermittently throughout the day.

Exhibit Area

Wood carvers; Vintage cars/tractors/machinery; pressing apple cider;  1 - 3 candle making demonstration.

Children’s Activities “Come and Go” all afternoon. Meet at the petting zoo/wash house area – Don’t miss Special K, the clown.

Special demonstrations

1 p.m. Potato digging

1:45  p.m. Hay equipment

2:30 p.m. Corn binding

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the afternoon.  Admission is $10 per person with children 14 and under free.  No pets or coolers, please.