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Stepping back in time

For more than five decades, the annual Pioneer Days Review has been welcoming visitors to the region from points both near and far.

This year will be no exception as organizers roll out the welcome mat Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22, at the famous pioneer village of Bonanzaville, for two days of excitement and family fun.

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.

All of the traditional activities will be featured, along with a few new events that are sure to spice things up making for an even more enjoyable and pleasurable experience.

A main highlight at 11 a.m. Saturday morning will be the naming of the street at the east end in front of St. John's Church, south to the tractor building "Fredrikson Street," in honor of Clark Fredrikson who spent countless hours helping Bonanzaville in the early years, both as a dedicated volunteer and a monetary from standpoint. In fact, Fredrikson goes all the way back to Pioneer Day's beginnings, instrumental in seeing the event moved from its home base of Davenport to West Fargo after Bonanzaville was started.

If you are familiar at all with West Fargo, you can't miss the historic little restored village on the city's westernmost edge, 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 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 bit of it, as you spend hours touring the museum and the grounds, taking in the history and the lore attached.

Toward that end, the displays are each individually unique, 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.

Today's West Fargo Pioneer and News features a special section previewing the two-day event and all the activities and festivities planned.

If you are looking for something different and exciting to do this weekend, check out the wide array of events, and head on out to Pioneer Days for a truly special adventure that will quickly transport you back in time, reacquainting you with memories of days gone by.