Rochester boasts that it has something for everyone at their 36th Annual Greater Rochester Heritage Days.
This year they will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Municipal Park in downtown Rochester.
The festival, which celebrates the community’s history, traditions and culture, is filled with old-fashioned family entertainment.
The popular and comical “Great Lakes Timber Show,” featuring Bruce Belanger of Escanaba, Michigan, headlines the festival’s entertainment offerings. This exciting lumberjack exhibition returns this year with logrolling, ax throwing, and chainsaw carving during several performances each day.
Classic car aficionados will enjoy the return of the Rochester Lions Club car show. Saturday brings rod and custom cars, while vintage cars and an antique fire truck muster will be on display Sunday.
Musical performances by “The Woven Tangles” and the “Two Talls” will take place on Saturday, while a strolling barbershop quartet will entertain festival goers both days.
Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve’s Crafts Along the Creek show will feature dozens of vetted local artists and a variety of hand-crafted items ranging from jewelry to photography to children’s clothing and garden decorations.
“Crafts Along the Creek is a great place to find one-of-a-kind items for everyone on your shopping list,” said Sue Neal, executive director of Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve and organizer of the art show. “It is also an important fundraiser for Dinosaur Hill. It truly makes shopping at an event like this so special because every purchase supports a local non-profit, as well as local artists and craftspeople.”
The festival also has several fun and engaging activities just-for-kids, including a new and improved Pioneer Homestead and Playground with stilts, gourd bowling, a bean-bag toss and more; face painting and pony and camel rides.
Additional festival highlights include lots of food choices, an annual Chili Cook-Off (Saturday only), a vintage base ball game, a rubber duck race down Paint Creek, historical exhibits, craft demonstrators, and Civil War re-enactments.
A pancake breakfast at the Rochester Community House will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The cost for the breakfast is $6 for adults and $3 for children. It includes pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice. Tickets may be purchased as the door.
Admission to the Greater Rochester Heritage Days is free.