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A trip down memory lane

One of the state's biggest attractions will be hosting their 50th annual event in a little over a week's time.

Bonanzaville will be rolling out the welcome mat August 16 and 17 for their five decade old Pioneer Days review.

Operated by the Cass County Historical Society, the mission of the facility is simple and forthright - to collect, display and interpret artifacts relevant to the history and cultural heritage of Cass County and the Red River Valley.

The good news is that Pioneer Days is a premier event packed with hands-on educational demonstrations, music and entertainment sure to appeal to all age levels, bar none.

The bad news is that the event sometimes relies on out-of-town visitors for its attendance, due to the fact that many people living right here in this community have never visited Pioneer Days, or for that matter, have never even taken the time to go out to the Pioneer Village itself to see what it's all about.

If you are familiar at all with West Main, you can't miss the historic little restored village, complete with buildings and a main museum, with some of the most amazing artifacts and displays you'll find in any museum around the country.

It is accessible, open on a regular basis during the summer months, typically May through Labor Day. There is a minimal charge, but it is well worth every cent, as you can spend hours perusing the museum and the grounds, taking in the history and the lore attached to each individual building and site.

Toward that end, the displays are somewhat magnificent, whether you're into airplanes, farm equipment, telephones, railroads, or visiting any of the restored buildings all packed with their own dose of history, sometimes personally doled out by the respective docents.

So if any of you are looking for a unique way to spend an afternoon or an entire day, head on out to Pioneer Days, for a special adventure almost literally taking you back in time and reacquainting you with fond experiences of days gone by.