You've seen the banners. You've read the posters. Now, grab your old timey cowboy costume and head on over to Mantorville. Celebrate as only Mantorvillians can celebrate with a lot of music, a bit of history and a host of local costumed characters.
Start your Saturday at the Dodge County Historical Society. The One Room School opens at 9 a.m. Boys and girls, don't be tardy or Mrs. Webster will give you lines to write! The Living History Demonstrations begin at 11 a.m. Learn to shoot a bow and arrow. Listen to Miss Jackie as she lectures about old time manners and such. Watch the blacksmith turn cold bits of metal into useful tools. It still isn't too late to get your ticket for the Ghost Town Tour of Dodge County. Call Triton Community Education at 507-374-2808. Or for a more adventurous morning, try the Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull or the Family Stagecoach Trail Bike Ride. The bike ride is followed by a Bike Rodeo. Put your best foot forward and try the Maypole Dance. Miss Avin will take you through all the steps you need for this fun dance.
The Mantorville Art Guild will once again sponsor an Art Show & Sale. Guest artists as well as members of the Guild will display their artwork for you to enjoy. This year's show also includes special appearances by three local authors. Don Houseman, Mariah Cyphers and Mike Eckers will be on hand to sign copies of their books throughout the day.
The third annual Costume Extravaganza & Competition begins at 3 p.m. Come and see all the fabulous outfits constructed by local folks and by members of the Minnesota Society of Costumers. Remember last year's Steampunk Circus Master? Or the young lady in period-correct Civil War afternoon dress and bonnet? Fabulous! Back by popular demand, the Woof, Wag & Wine Tasting begins at 5 p.m. Dogs and their humans are welcome.
Sunday morning begins with a roar as vintage tractors pull into town. They will be competing in a Tractor Pull at Riverside Park. Do not miss these proud reminders of Dodge County's farming heritage. There's a 10 a.m. start time here. If you prefer your Sunday mornings a little quieter, mosey on up to the Cooper's Log House behind the Restoration House on Main Street. There you will find all manner of Fantasy Picnics. Better yet, put together a picnic of your own (without the food because who needs all those ants) and enter the contest. The art show and living history demonstration are set for Sunday, too.
No one has forgotten the music lineup for this year either. Beginning at noon both days, treat your ears and your heart to some of the best in regional blue grass music. Cabin Fever, Don Holton, Grass Run and headlining this year's Stagecoach Days are Twin Cities based Blue Grass group The High 48's. Described as a "soulful" mix of traditional bluegrass and modern attitude, this group plays festival favorites as well as their own compositions. They are not to be missed. Still not tapping your foot in time with the music? We have a group of cloggers who will perform for you. And because they were so much fun last year, the Rochester Accordion Band will be returning. This year 12 squeezeboxes strong. There is no charge of these performances. Bring your own seating. Enjoy music the old-fashioned way.
Mantorville Stagecoach Days is sponsored by the Mantorville Economic Development Authority with funding from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. Additional information and complete scheduling is available at www.mantorvilletourism.com.