Waitsburg Fall Festival set for Sunday

H.V. 'Bill' Zuger will be honored as part of the annual festivities.


WAITSBURG -- Retired farmer H.V. "Bill" Zuger will be honored as Pioneer of the Year at the Pioneer Fall Festival on Sunday at the Bruce House Museum.

Zuger's great grandfather, Marcus J. Zuger, emigrated from Switzerland in 1871, and homesteaded 80 acres west of town in 1879. Bill Zuger's son Greg took over running family farm in 1985, and Bill worked for the next 15 years at McGregor Co.

The annual Festival, at the Bruce House Museum and grounds, begins at noon with opening ceremonies and the recognition of Zuger. An 11 a.m. non-denominational church service is held prior to the opening of the festival.

When opening ceremonies are over the Bruce House Museum will open for tours, and the Lion's Club will begin serving a buffalo barbecue.

A new feature this year is a style show featuring wedding dresses of local women.

Linda Hermanns is coordinating the show.

The afternoon includes music on the front lawn and in the Bruce House parlor, and booths offering old-time food and crafts.

Among displays and demonstrations are antiques, watercolors, sack sewing, butter churning, woodcarving, jewelry, book sale.

Vendors and those demonstrating pioneer skills include Gary Lentz, candle making, Rhonda Bell, spinning, Bill Zuger and Bill Stonecipher, wheat sacking, Sheri Jackson, homemade jelly, Tom Hiatt, Indian jewelry, Delbert Kennedy, woodcarving; Charles McDonald, Indian beadwork, Harold Busch, antique bottles, and Elena Perry, painting.

Food available for purchase on the grounds includes pies, L & B Kitchens products, root beer, nachos, coffee, pop and lemonade.

Proceeds from the festival help support the museum, which is located on the corner of Main and Fourth streets.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

Fall Festival Schedule

All events are on the grounds of the Bruce House Museum.

11 a.m. -- Nondenominational Church Service, followed by recognition of Pioneer of the Year, H.V. "Bill" Zuger.

12:30 p.m. -- Bruce House opens.

12:30 p.m. -- Lion's Club Buffalo Barbecue. $10.

12:30 - 5 p.m. -- Crafts, demonstrations and food.

12-12:30 p.m. -- Sins of the Pioneers

12:30-1:15 p.m. -- Bluegrass Kids and Blue Mountain Troublemakers.

1:15- 1:45 Jimmye Turner and Glenn Morrison, front lawn.

1:45-2 p.m. -- Farmer's Paradox

2-3 p.m. -- Vintage fashion show, Linda Hermanns.

3 p.m. -- Bob Perry. Harmonica, front lawn.

Pianists performing during the afternoon in the parlor are

Susan Leathers, Laura Jean Hevel, Marian Barthlow, and Jane Butler. Farmer's Paradox barbershop quartet will also sing in the parlor.


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