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
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.