2015 marks the 40th year since the very first Osborne Heritage Days celebration.
Where better to learn about the pioneer era than at Osborne’s own pioneer village? Located between Elkader and Strawberry Point, this festival brings in families, cooks, competitors, locals and visitors to watch the living history demonstrations like rope-making and newspaper printing among many others. Puffs of steam and smoke can be seen emanating from the pots and pans of freshly-stewed chili, fry bread sizzling to crispy perfection, and kettles of popcorn being popped up for a light and airy treat.
Refreshing homemade root beer is being tapped straight from the barrel to be sold by the bottle or jug. Both adults and kids can be seen taking swigs of this sweet concoction as they wander the booths and demonstrations. Leather goods, beaded jewelry, and handmade wooden toys and crafts are sold in canvas tents set up on the perimeter of the pioneer town, making room to display the giant pumpkins for KCTN’s Pumpkin Contest, and for the famous (or infamous) buffalo chip throwing contest. Experience history in the rolling hills of Northeast Iowa during the peak of the fall leaf color show. Sure to become a favorite autumnal tradition, the forty-first annual Heritage Days at the Osborne Conservation Center’s pioneer town is taking place October 11th through 12th, five miles south of Elkader on Highway 13.
To participate in the chili cook-off, pumpkin contests, and/or championship buffalo chip throw, please call 563-245-1516.
A list of scheduled events can be found here.
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