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Preparations are underway for Koshkonong's annual Heritage Day Celebration

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

As this photo from last year's festival shows, Koshkonong's annual Heritage Day celebration is like a big family reunion, except everyone is invited. This year's festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 in Koshkonong City Park. [Order this photo]
The community of Koshkonong is preparing for its annual Heritage Days Celebration which is to be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Koshkonong City Park.

Jeannette Bragg, long-time resident and pastor of the Koshkonong and Couch Methodist Churches, is coordinating the celebration this year.

Bragg said, "This has been a yearly event for approximately 40 years. People that have moved away from the community come back to join the Heritage Days excitement. It is like a reunion for some."

Spectators will be able to enjoy gospel music from the Howell Family starting at 10:30 a.m. "The Howell's have lived in this community for generations," said Bragg. Also there to perform will be dancers from the Attitude Academy from West Plains. The team is made up of girls from 5 to 17 years of age, and they will perform at 2:30 p.m.

The event has expanded over the years and Bragg said she is expecting over 15 vendors to be set up as various activities take place throughout the day. The Koshkonong Heritage Museum will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. "Mary Lee Pease is the coordinator of the museum and she knows a lot about the history of the city," said Bragg.

The day will offer many activities for the kids including a chicken chase, hula hoop contest, best decorated bike, wheelbarrow race, face painting, bubble gum blowing, paper airplane flying contest, egg and spoon race, sack race, and three-legged race.

Educational exhibits will also be set up. The West Plains Fire Department will be there with their "Safe House." "They have a trailer that they take with them which allows people to come inside and they demonstrate safety procedures in the event of

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