July 4th at Pioneer Village was a huge success. Two organizations partnered to bring our community together for the celebration of our independence day and rural America. The Prairie Reapers organization and the Nobles County Historical Society partnered to provide an old fashioned rural Fourth.

Approximately 1,000 adults and children enjoyed a day of many activities. The highlight was the antique tractor pull along the entry road to Pioneer Village. It was exciting to see the east parking lot full of cars, trucks, trailers and tractors. The tractor parade highlighted Allis

Chalmers antique tractors followed by a multitude of historical tractors of all brands. The buildings in Pioneer Village were packed with attendees. Children all flocked to our jump rope making activity until we ran out of twine, thank you Wally Cooper!

Phillip Hannan of Midnight Forge Works kept large groups enthralled by his black smith demonstrations — especially touching as he made nails for children! Thank you!

Another favorite for the kids was the kiddie train taking trips around the Village. And when a rest was needed, we saw people playing bocce ball, corn hole, ladder golf or giant Jenga. When sustenance was needed, they had Indian Tacos and ZZ Barbeque in which to turn. Thank you for participating and yes, we will welcome you back next year.

The day ended with a pedal pull for kids and, of course, the watermelon feast. Thanks to all who helped at the gate, prepared the tractor pull site and just helped in all those things needed to be successful. The day was a credit to all who said we can do it!

As a closing note, Pioneer Village has new hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, with all other days by advanced appointment for groups of five or more.

Again, thanks to all for making the 4th a celebration of our Independence Day!

Ron Wood

Worthington, MN