Heritage Days


Heritage Days Celebration




October  8 and 9, 2016


Heritage Days 2016


Chili Cook-Off Rules and Registration Form

Schedule of events are as follows:

Saturday:         10am-4pm – Exhibits, Buildings, and Lions Club food stand open

10am, 11am and 1pm – Dr. Dusty’s Medicine Show

                        10:30am, 12:30pm and 2pm – Storytelling in Old Schoolhouse with Pat Coffie

12 Noon –20th Annual Chili Cook-off tasting begins

                        1:30pm –Chili Cook-off winner announced

Sunday:           10am, 11am and 1pm – Dr. Dusty’s Medicine Show

11am – Pioneer Church Service

                        11am-2pm – KCTN “Great Pumpkin” and “Decorated Pumpkin” Contests       

2pm – KCTN Pumpkin Contests winners announced

                        2pm – Fundraising Auction

                        3pm – KCTN-KADR Iowa Championship Buffalo Chip Throwing Contest

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Heritage Days began in 1975 as a way to bring life back to the tiny community of Osborne, Iowa.  Tucked in among the rolling wooded hills between Elkader and Strawberry Point, the once thriving town has lost most of its inhabitants to other areas since its heyday in the 1930’s.  Heritage Days was planned to take visitors back in time to this community, and all other Iowa towns of the pioneer era, through living history demonstrations, contests and other activities.

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From its modest beginnings, with only a handful of demonstrations, Heritage Days has grown to become one of Northeast Iowa’s most popular fall festivals.  Held on the second weekend of October each year, Heritage Days usually falls during the peak of the fall leaf season. Thousands of visitors to the area stop at Osborne to take a brief journey back in time.

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Demonstrations include: basketry, candle making, quilting, spinning, story telling and flint napping.

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Contests include: buffalo chip throwing, chili cooking, and pumpkin decorating.

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Tasty Foods include: caramel apples, pie, buffalo stew, fry bread, and lefse.