Watford City Heritage Day Set For Sept. 18

The McKenzie County Watford City Heritage Park, located west of Watford City at 950 2nd Ave. SW, will be celebrating its 21st Annual Heritage Day with a new building and mural. On Saturday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., the Park will be filled with fun family games, food, live music, local artists, and much more.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the historic buildings, look at antique tractors, and participate in old-time school activities. 

Sandy Rieker, Pioneer Museum Director of Operations, said, "The main purpose of Heritage Day is to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy experiencing the old equipment and getting them all up and running. We also do it to educate the public on days gone by." 

The Park's buildings include a trapper's cabin, country school, blacksmith shop, homestead shack, law office, church, barber shop and more. All of these buildings were once up and running throughout McKenzie County. It also has a belt-driven sawmill, square baler, and shingle mill. These will be in operation the day of the event. 

Many items that are at the Heritage Park can still be found on a farm, but usually not in working order. At the event, there will be demonstrations on how these things are operated. 

Rieker said, "I am so excited to have the opportunity for people to see how beautiful our building is and the potential it has to serve the community."

She said, "Come to Heritage Day to explore the way people lived in McKenzie County many years ago and to enjoy all the activities the event has to offer."

For more information on the event, check out the McKenzie County Heritage Park Facebook or give them a call at 701-842-6434.


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