Nowthen celebrates its fifth birthday at heritage festival

The city of Nowthen has turned 5 years old and will celebrate with free cake and a host of activities on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Nowthen Heritage Festival in Nowthen Park at the intersection of County Roads 5 and 22.

Burns Township became the city of Nowthen in 2008.

The Nowthen Heritage Festival started as a way to celebrate the city’s rural roots and strong sense of community.

“We wanted to build on our small-town feel and enjoy the beautiful fall season, as well,” Mary Rainville, co-chair for this year’s festival, said. “It’s a wonderful way for families to spend time outdoors, with live music and free activities throughout the day.”

Musical groups will include The Banjo Boys; Mark Pilon, a hammered dulcimer player who performs at the Renaissance Festival; and Tommy Burnevik from Lamont Cranston fame.

The event will start with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Nowthen Fire Station and a 1K and 5K race and walk sponsored by the Nowthen Lions Club. Giant pumpkins, corn stalks and scarecrows will be on display in the park.

“The excitement is building for the giant pumpkin contest to see who will have the winning pumpkin this year,” Nowthen Mayor Bill Schulz said. “There is still time to plan your creative scarecrow to be entered in the scarecrow contest with cash prizes.”

Throughout the day, there will be an art and craft fair and farmers market with more than 30 vendors, Tommy’s Petting Zoo, antique tractor display, classic cars, hay wagon rides, kids games and activity tent, the giant fun slide, inflatable play structures, a Nowthen historical display and a variety of food and snacks.

Admission to the festival is free.

Cake will be served from noon.

The Nowthen Business Expo, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will showcase Nowthen businesses and organizations.

Again this year the festival will have a catered steak dinner from Texas Roadhouse served under the big tent from 5-7 p.m. The dinner will include fresh-off-the-grill steak, corn on the cob, baked beans, drink and dessert for $9.

A kids meal of a hot dog, chips and drink is $3. All of the proceeds from the dinner go to help fund the Heritage Festival.

The day will end with fireworks by Zambelli Fireworks.

For more information, call 763-753-6919 or visit www.Nowthen HeritageFestival.com.

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