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KCHS anniversary celebration set for Saturday

The Kandiyohi County Historical Society is celebrating its 125th anniversary at the Pioneer Cabin on the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds.

The original location of the Kandiyohi Historical Society currently resides at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds.
The original location of the Kandiyohi Historical Society currently resides at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds.
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WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Historical Society is celebrating its 125th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Pioneer Cabin on the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds.

One hundred and twenty-five years ago, a group of men from Kandiyohi County decided the time was right to commemorate the county's pioneers. Thus, the Old Settlers Association was born. Today, the Kandiyohi County Historical Society continues that tradition by preserving and protecting the county's vast and varied history. On Aug. 20, an anniversary celebration will be held at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds to mark the society's important birthday.

The 2nd Minnesota Battery Light Artillery of Red Wing will set up a Civil War encampment on the fairgrounds. Visitors will learn about Minnesota soldiers and their life in the Civil War through several different stations, including the cannon, small arms and a ladies area — which will feature the Soldiers' Aid Society, quilt display and apothecary.

There will be gun drills at 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m.

The 2nd Minnesota Battery re-enactors are a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Civil War history by living it.

There will also be kids carnival games, root beer floats, food, music and a silent pie auction. In addition, Kandiyohi County residents are welcome to compete among themselves via a competition in which each town will have a jar and the one who ends up with the most money in it at the end of the day will be featured in a display in 2023 at both the museum and the Kandiyohi County Fair.

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Anyone is welcome to donate pies for the silent pie auction. Pies should be dropped off at the museum on Friday, Aug. 19 or at the Fairgrounds on Aug. 20.

There will be many rounds of the silent auction, so you can get a pie any time of the day you come. The winnings from each pie will be put towards the town competition as well.

For more information regarding the pie auction, contact Karen Hernandez at 952-540-3470.

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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