Iowa festival takes visitors back in time

An annual fall festival in Iowa slows down rushed pace of today and brings its patrons back in time.

The Walnut Grove Pioneer Village Fall Festival in Long Grove is a two-day event over Labor Day weekend. The festival began on Sunday, September 1, 2013 and goes from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, September 2.

At the festival, families can enjoy entertainment from the Wapsi Wranglers performing shootouts and skits, a Native American re-enactor, relay games for children, and free pony rides.

Coordinator of the event, Deborah Leistikow said the festival is a great place to bring kids and takes you back in time a bit.

“It’s all geared toward family,” said coordinator Deborah Leistikow. “Just a nice easy pace, do things as you want to, no rush. Everything will be here.”

Aside from two county employees, the entire festival is put-on by volunteers.

Leistikow said that the train located at the village, one if Walnut Grove’s most popular attractions, will be renovated soon. Plans for the train include disassembling it after the festival is over, and work on renovations over the winter. They hope to have it reassembled by spring of 2014.


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