Living History Fall Festival Sept. 27 at Granary

Farm Forum

The Granary Rural Cultural Center near Groton will once again host music, historical displays, demonstrations and re-enactments Sept. 27 as part of the third annual Living History Fall Festival.

“Come to the Granary and bring your family and friends to see history come to life on the Dacotah prairie,” according to a release from the Dacotah Prairie Museum, which presents the festival.

A new feature of this year’s festival will be a Farmers’ Market, at which historically based produce will be for sale. Available at the concession tables will be barbecued hamburgers, root beer, cream soda, popcorn made over an open fire, apple crisp and old-time candy.

Historically authentic music will be performed throughout the festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

John Graves and Noelle Stubbe will entertain with pioneer selections on their fiddles, and the group Our Memories will present old-time favorites with guitars and accordion. Perk Washenberger will add his vocals to his accordion, playing lively music of earlier times. Betty Breck of Groton, a member of the Fiddlers Hall of Fame, will stroll the grounds of the festival playing and inviting visitors to try her “teaching fiddle” and generate a little music of their own. Hannah Kolb will also play her guitar and sing for the pleasure of the crowd.

Demonstrators sharing their historical arts will include a group from the Dacotah Territory Muzzle Loaders who will set up a primitive campsite, showing firearms and various tools and building a campfire to demonstrate cooking techniques. The Prairie Fiber Arts Guild will be on hand to demonstrate spinning of wool into yarn, weaving on a loom, knitting and crocheting.

A group of quilters from the Aberdeen area will also have a site set up to show off their quilts and help visitors create their own nine-patch quilt block. Evelyn Blum will be working in her “Little House,” explaining items from a typical homesteader’s house and assisting visitors in trying their hand at doing laundry on a washboard and hanging it out to dry pioneer-style.

School will be in session with Bill and Mary Jo Hild as they give visitors a chance to learn the three R’s as they were taught in the day of the one-room school house of Dacotah Territory.

“Heidi Marttila-Losure will be looking for volunteers to crank up a batch of cool, homemade ice cream for a tasty treat in the afternoon,” said the news release. Sharing his historical projects, including a birch-bark canoe and a long bow, will be Dick Berreth of White. Several of the re-enactors will have original wares for sale.

Driving directions to the Granary may be found at or call the Dacotah Prairie Museum at 605-626-7117.