FAIRMONT - It's something old; something new; something red, white, and blue for the Heritage Acres' Fourth of July celebration this year.
The traditional favorites - including kiddie train rides and old-time displays - will still be part of the day, but this year, a new band will take the stage for the afternoon.
"The gates open at 10 a.m., and cost is $7 for ages 12 and up," said Lola Talledge of the Heritage Acres committee. "We'll have a Blue Earth accordion band from 11 to noon, and then Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen will be playing from noon to 5 p.m., and Brad Berhow will be playing during their breaks. So we have three different groups this year, and we're pretty excited about that."
Lola Talledge weeds a flower bed by the church at Heritage Acres in preparation for the 4th of July activities scheduled for Wednesday.
According to the website, barefootbecky.com, the band plays: "German-style polka music with Czech, country, dixie, and big band influences."
Each year, about 300 to 400 people turn out for the Heritage Acres' festival.
"We're hoping to see more this year with the new entertainment," Talledge said. "The pork producers will be here serving pork chop on a stick, and we'll be offering our homemade pies and other foods that everyone likes."
All the buildings at Heritage Acres will be open and on display, including some volunteers demonstrating the skills. The buildings are also all handicapped-accessible.
"We might have a blacksmith, and there's a gentleman from Wells, who does teletyping at the old depot building," Talledge said.
A DNS kiddie tractor pull starts at 2:30 p.m., and kids' games will be available.
"We wrap up around 5 p.m., but sometimes people stay to have a spot to watch the fireworks," Talledge said.
The Fourth of July at Heritage Acres also highlights what's available at the site year-round, with the old farmhouses and barns, from old time businesses, schools, churches and machinery offering a look into our area's history.
"We host several reunions up here over the summer, along with some weddings," Talledge said. "We're always looking for volunteers, especially for maintenance work. We're always out here Thursday mornings at 9 a.m., for anyone who wants to come help."
Other upcoming events for Heritage Acres include the Antique Tractor Pull 11 a.m. July 22 and a thrashing day Aug. 12.