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Mantorville Stagecoach Days coming up

June 19, 2014

By Brianna Jett, Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.



June 19--MANTORVILLE -- The Mantorville Stagecoach Days festival is set to begin June 28-29, celebrating the history of early Mantorville with live music, costumes, art shows, author signings, and more.

Stagecoaches used to be the most popular mode of transportation in the 1800s, and Mantorville served as an important stop as people traveled across the country.

In the days approaching the event, the Mantorville Stagecoach Days committee will be presenting lessons in stagecoach etiquette, lingo, and history.

The festival itself will include lots of history and entertainment. The One Room School opens early the morning of June 28 and the Living History Demonstrations open at 11 a.m. Visitors can learn to shoot bows and arrows, watch a blacksmith at work, or listen to a lecture on manners. There will also be a Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull and a Family Stagecoach Trail Bike Ride, for those looking for something more active. The Bike Rodeo follows the bike ride.

There will also be an art show, sponsored by the Mantorville Art Guild. Local authors, including Don Houseman, Mariah Cyphers, and Mike Eckers, will also be in attendance to sign their books. For the adults, there is a wine-tasting Saturday evening.

June 29 will begin with a vintage tractor pull, as well as quieter picnics. Live music will begin at noon on both days; admission is free. The music will include traditional blue grass, clogging, and accordion playing.

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