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Bonanzaville to host annual Fourth of July fireworks

Staff were immersed in 1920s character garb for Bonanzaville's murder mystery evenings held in June. The event helped raise money for restoration of the Brass Rail Saloon. Wendy Reuer/The Pioneer1 / 2
Fireworks light up the night sky over St. John's Church at Bonanzaville. David Samson2 / 2

Bonanzaville will host its annual fireworks show on July 4 along with a full schedule of events to raise money for the Cass County Historical Society pioneer village.

The annual event follows up a month of murder mystery events. The first event, which quickly sold out, invited teams of six to solve a 1920s theme mystery by finding clues in the different buildings at Bonanzaville. Special Events Coordinator Melissa Warren said the murder mystery evening was a first for Bonanzaville but it proved so popular, a total of three nights were scheduled and sold out.

Warren said she and Executive Director Brenda Warren have been working on new events to be held at Bonanzaville that will help raise money for the nonprofit as well as offer the community a fun way to learn about Cass County's history.

"It was something fun and different we could do that we've never tried before," Warren said.

Bonanzaville sits on 12 acres in West Fargo and is home to about 400,000 artifacts and 43 historical buildings that have been moved into the pioneer village from around Cass County.

Proceeds from the murder mystery events will be used for the restoration of the Brass Rail Saloon. Annual events such as the Fourth of July celebration and Pioneer Days slated for August help raise money for Bonanzaville's general fund.

On Wednesday, pioneer demonstrations will be offered along with children's games, wagon rides, circus performers, train rides and food trucks.

A parade through Bonanzaville will begin at 2 p.m.

The annual fireworks display is slated to begin at dusk, or around 10:30 p.m. Each year, the event draws about 4,000 people.

The Bonanzaville village will open to the public at 10 a.m., with activities from noon to 5 p.m.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military and students, $6 for children age 4-14 and free for kids 3 and under.

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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