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Pioneer Days turns back time

By: Kaitlyn Kozarchuk

Posted: 08/1/2019 11:28 AM

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Whether you’re looking to reclaim your heritage or you just need an excuse to pig out on good ole fashioned rock candy, you might want to mark Pioneer Days on your calendar.

Pioneer Days, a four-day celebration of Mennonite history starting on Aug. 2, is pulling out all the stops this year. The Mennonite Heritage Village is hosting tours, live concerts, raffles and, of course, plenty of authentic Mennonite food.

The annual Pioneer Days Parade’s starts the weekend off on Friday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. There are prizes for the most creative floats, and judges are really looking for something outside the box.

Also, there’s an animal category, so why not dress up your dog in a ridiculous costume?

At the museum, the action begins after the parade with guided tours, a magic show, concerts and Real Live Entertainment’s satirical play, The Mennonite Fairytale.

The rest of the weekend is filled with helicopter rides, steam power demonstrations, horse shows and other activities that will take you back in history.

General admission is $12 for adults, with a $2 discount for students and seniors. Kids under five years old can get in free.

For a complete schedule, visit

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