FAIRMONT– Interlaken Heritage Days returns to Fairmont this upcoming weekend for its 34th year.
“Last year we didn’t do full IHD activities, but this year we are back,” said Rachel Greeley, a committee member of Interlaken Heritage Days.
The group, made up of seven, starts planning pretty much as soon as events conclude for the year. In fact, Greeley admitted they’re already working on next year’s event.
Much of the time is spent on fundraising and grant writing. Fundraisers include two craft and vendor shows and concession stands at other events around town. IHD has depending on sponsorships and donations from local businesses and the work of volunteers to continue year after year.
Friday night festivities kick off with a free community meal beginning at 5 p.m. at Heritage Acres. The meal will be served until 8 p.m. or until gone and Greeley said a lot of times they run out early. Pork patties will be served and grilled by the Martin County Pork Producers. As for entertainment, there will be live music performed by Steve Lang.
“Olson Rentals is bringing out all of their inflatables to Heritage Acres that night,” Greeley said.
On Saturday the action moves to Gomsrud Park. Events start in the morning with a D & S pedal pull at 10 a.m. There will also be canoe rides with Wilderness Inquiry, which are all-accessible canoes. Greeley said the group has been coming since 2015 but missed the last two years.
“There will be pontoon rides with Let’s Go Fishing,” Greeley said.
There will also be a craft show and a variety of events for children including a balloon artist, face painting and duck races. Greeley said the Martin County Library will also be doing a craft starting at 10:30 a.m. and that it’s for all ages.
The City of Lakes Garden Club will also be having a garden party and plant swap at Lincoln Park Shelter House during IHD.
“The first responder vehicles will be down there starting at 11,” Greeley said.
A variety of food trucks will also be set up at Gomsrud Park throughout much of Saturday.
Events conclude at the park at 4 p.m. and at 6 p.m. the parade will start and will follow its traditional route. It will start at Heritage Acres and go to the corner of The Fairmont Opera House and through Downtown Plaza. It will end at Lincoln Park.
“So far we have about 50 unites but we always get a lot of last minute entries,” Greeley said, noting they usually get close to 70.
After the parade, a street dance will take place on 1st Street in front of the Blazer Bar. Maiden Dixie, a band based out of the Twin Cities, will perform.
Those who have spent the better part of the last year planning for the event hope that it’s well-attended.
“Last year when we came back we had an amazing turnout so we’re hoping for that again,” Greeley said.
She said they’re always looking for volunteers, whether they only want to take on a few hours of work and help by making phone calls, or jump into the ring and offer more assistance. Subcommittees include fundraising, parade and festival.
To find more information about IHD and a full list of events for this year, visit Ihdfairmont.org.