Steele County Historical Society Hosts 34nd Annual Extravaganza

More than three decades ago ago, SCHS held its first Extravaganza to celebrate local heritage and to provide a venue to share with friends and neighbors the crafts and skills of the Steele County community. Join SCHS for its 34th Annual Extravaganza being held Sept. 20 in the Village of Yesteryear. Admission is FREE. Flag raising by the VFW Honor Guard and singing of the National Anthem by Ryan Gillespie will take place at 12:00 noon in the Village circle.

The day will feature old time games, rendezvous, demonstrations, kids crafts and more. The Willagewill feature a rendezvous encampment on its perimeter, and there will be a special appearance by The Skally Line, traveling the Deep North with music and stories.

Throughout the day buy your fill of Sloppy Joes, hot dogs, ice cream, and old fashioned soda. Don’t miss out on the freshly baked buchti sold on the south porch of the General Store.

A new addition to the Extravaganza this year is the SCHS Vintage Sale. There will be a wide range items available -- antiques, dinnerware, furniture, art and more. The sale will be set up on the south side of the General Store. All proceeds from this fundraising event benefit our hands-on educational programming and exhibitions.

Exhibits include a 19-structure pioneer village featuring the 1868-69 Dunnell House, Carriage House, Print Shop, Schoolhouse, General Store, Saco Church, Fire Hall, two cabins, a train depot and caboose, Gus’ Station, Blacksmith Shop, the original Owatonna Town Hall, and a Museum of Professions. There will also be FREE admission to the History Center located at 1700 Austin Road. The History Center is currently featuring two exhibits: American Legion: A Powerful Factor for Good, and Country Schools: The Beating Heart of the Rural Community.

Make the Steele County Historical Society’s Extravaganza your destination Sunday, Sept. 20 for some old fashioned family fun! Delayed from July because of the Covid-19 concerns.

Extravaganza is graciously supported by R&K Electric with additional anonymous sponsor for the stage.

The Steele County Historical Society operates the Village of Yesteryear May 1st through September 30th with guided tours offered at 1:30 PM Tuesday through Sunday. Adults $5, children ages 7-16 $3.00, children 6 and under accompanied by an adult, free. Group tours, and other tour times are available by appointment. The History Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM-4 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM-3 PM. Admission to the History Center is adults $5, children ages 7-16 $3.00, children 6 and under accompanied by an adult, free—receive a $2 discount if you tour the Village and visit the History Center. SCHS members get free admission to the History Center. For more information visit us on Facebook, call 507-451-1420, or visit our website

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