Steele County Historical Society Hosts 32nd Annual Extravaganza

June 22, 2018


Over a quarter of a century ago, SCHS held its first Extravaganza to celebrate our heritage and to provide a venue to share with our friends and neighbors the crafts and skills of the Steele County community. Join SCHS for our 32nd Annual Extravaganza being held July 15th 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.


New this year we will have agricultural displays, harmonica lessons, and a pie eating contest featuring local mayors and council members. The day will feature old time games, rendezvous, demonstrations, mini barn raising sponsored by Mohs Homes and Alexander Lumber, kids crafts and more. A special appearance by The Skally Line, traveling the Deep North with music and stories.


Throughout the day buy your fill of Sloppy Joes, locally-made brats, pork burgers, Buchti, ice cream, pie and old fashioned soda floats. Don’t miss out on the freshly baked buchti, available in the General Store.


Antique farm equipment enthusiasts will have the opportunity to display their vintage iron as part of the 14th Annual Antique Tractor Show. In addition there will be a parade of tractors, “slow races”, and contests of driving skill. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tractor. (If you are interested in entering your tractor, please contact the Steele County Historical Society at 507/451-1420). The Tractor Parade will be featured at 2:30 PM.


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 Village between the Carriage House and Print Shop. All proceeds from this fundraising event benefit our hands-on educational programming and exhibitions.


Extravaganza is held in the Village of Yesteryear, 1448 Austin Road, located on the southeast corner of the Steele County fairgrounds. The event runs from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM. Exhibits include a 19-structure pioneer village featuring the 1868-69 Dunnell House, Carriage House, Print Shop, Schoolhouse, General Store, Saco Church, Firehall, 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: Over Here, Over There: The Great War, and Toys and Play, 1070s to Today.


Make the Steele County Historical Society’s Extravaganza your destination Sunday, July 15th for some old fashioned family fun!


Extravaganza is graciously supported by Premier Event Sponsor Randall’s License Bureau, with additional sponsors Kibble Equipment, Central Farm Services, Larry’s Liquor, Owatonna Park and Rec, and Tri M Graphics.


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, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 AM-4 PM, Thursday from 10 AM- 8 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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