Heritage Days Celebration
October 8 and 9, 2016
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
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.
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.
Demonstrations include: basketry, candle making, quilting, spinning, story telling and flint napping.
Contests include: buffalo chip throwing, chili cooking, and pumpkin decorating.
Tasty Foods include: caramel apples, pie, buffalo stew, fry bread, and lefse.