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Heritage Days This Weekend

Old-fashioned games, entertainment, home cooking, a soda festival and museum tours will be part of the 37th Annual Heritage Days  in Okawville this weekend. The event hosted by the Heritage House Museum Association will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9th  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Schlosser House property at 114  W. Walnut St.

Heritage Days will be sure to take visitors back to a quieter time and gives a glimpse of the past.

This free family event will delight folks of all ages, Many of this festival’s time-honored activities will be repeated. Younger folks will enjoy learning how to churn butter and knead bread.  These are just a few of the hands-on crafts everyone can enjoy. Best of all, you can sample all of it.

Soda Festival

The 4th Annual Okawville Soda Festival will be back this year. The Okawville Soda Festival will help recall the era not that long ago when not only Okawville, but nearly every small town had its own “Sodie Factory.”

The Okawville Soda Festival will feature several new varieties of old-fashioned glass bottle sodas made with pure cane sugar like in the past.  Some of the flavors featured this year are Excel Bottling’s Peppermint Snow, Fitz’s Grape and Fitz’s Cream along with 11 other flavors going against last year’s top vote getters – Zuber CocoFizz and NeHi’s Peach. Come vote for your favorite.

Other Activities/Events

We will feature again a farmer’s market, country store, flea market, vendor and craft shows and town wide yard and rummage sales at residences, Immanuel Lutheran, and at the festival site. Come and browse the items that will be displayed.

Kids and adults love the crafts and activities – including the popular “Turtle Races,” held on both afternoons at 2 p.m. Anyone can try their luck at a variety of games from the past including “backyard bowling.”

Also back by popular demand, the fun for all ages “Selfie Scavenger Hunt.” If you like challenges, this is a unique way to try something new. This activity begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Cash prizes will be offered.

Some yard sales will begin on Friday morning (call for details – 618-322-7998). Maps and lists will be available at the museum food stand, at both banks and CBI on Thursday afternoon. Check the Heritage House Facebook page for most postings.

Good Times, Good Food, Good entertainment

If you prefer a little less action, sit back and enjoy the outdoor entertainment.

The popular crowd pleasing “SOUL SHAKE” band will begin playing at 11 a.m., a lively performance of popular music including country, rock, soul, Rhythm and Blues, oldies and easy listening.

On Sunday morning,  “Heart Strings” takes the stage at 10:30. The band plays spiritual and gospel songs for summer Sunday listening.

The Venedy Band will play at 11:30. This is a lively town band with lots of great music that all festival folks will truly enjoy.

Be sure to bring along your appetite to sample the homemade food. Tasty items include: apple wood smoked pulled pork, smoked turkey breast, bratwurst, corn-on-the-cob, German style potato salad, buttered noodles (spätzle) and homemade pies and cakes – just to name a few.  A smoked pork chop dinner will be served on Sunday along with traditional German style potato pancakes and home cooked apple-butter. Also featured are warm German style pretzels with dipping sauce.

The food stand will be open for outside dining or carry-outs beginning Friday at 4 p.m. and are located behind the Schlosser museum complex along W. St. Louis St. A breakfast will be served 7-10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The luncheon menu will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, until 5:00 p.m.

Have lunch after church and don’t forget to stay for the “Heritage House Action Auction.” Jim Lehde will get the bidding under way at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

These attractions promise to be an afternoon of entertainment at its best. Plan now to come out and help support the Heritage House Museum organization maintain these historic area attractions. Tours of the historic buildings will be available both days.

For more information on anything regarding Heritage Days or the Soda Festival, contact the Okawville Tourism and Chamber of Commerce office at – 618-243-5694 or mail to – tourokaw@606front.net.