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Dakota City event will explore old-fashioned farming

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Although the content isn’t exactly new, Dakota City Heritage Village will be host to a new event this weekend.

The Origin of Food — Early Farming in Dakota County is a family event planned to showcase the farming methods that were used from the 1860s through the 1920s. It is a joint presentation between Dakota City Heritage Village and the Dakota County Historical Society.


The event came about after the county historical society’s new executive director, Lynn Gruber, visited Dakota City for the first time. Dakota City president Pearl Shirley said Gruber was impressed by the village.

“She thought it would be a great opportunity to do something together,” Shirley said.

The fields adjacent to the village will be plowed the old-fashioned way —by Belgian draft horses pulling plows. The time period of focus is long before tractors or other modern farming machinery, Shirley said.

Village buildings will be open and some of the village’s farm machinery collection will be on display.

A special speaker, John Day, will also do a presentation during the event. Day is a farmer who represents four generations of farming in Castle Rock.

“It’s just a new thing we’re trying in the village,” Shirley said. “It will be in the old village, no lights or decorations, just the way it would have been during that timeframe.”

Free trolley rides are also available, and a pork chop meal will be available for families.

The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4. It is free and open to the public.