Upsala Heritage Days packed with fun, fireworks and a party in the park

During Upsala’s Heritage Days, Friday – Sunday, Aug. 8 – 10, the community welcomes residents, former residents and visitors to a celebration of the area’s Scandinavian heritage.

The celebration kicks off Monday, Aug. 4 with the start of the medallion hunt, where the winner can walk away with $100 in Upsala Bucks. A clue is given each day until the medallion is found. Clues will be posted on the Upsala City website and at area businesses.

Friday evening, visitors are welcome to listen to a free country and gospel concert in the park.

Saturday begins with a 5K run at 8 a.m. with registration at the school. The “best Central Minnesota small-town parade” begins on Main Street at 10:30 a.m.

Following the parade, visitors can head to the city park for the “Party in the Park.”

Lunch and tours of the Borgstrom House start at noon. At 1 p.m., author Shirley Bergstrom will talk about her book, “Eyes in the Woods, Story of Early Upsala.”

All day long, visitors can enjoy great food, inflatables, games, a beer garden and a vintage car show. Other activities include a kids pedal pull, bean bag tournament, car show, fire department water fights, Octoball and wheelbarrow races.

Saturday evening fun begins at the Recreation Building with food, DJ music, a beer garden, the Upsala Area Fire department raffle and fireworks at 10 p.m.

Sunday at 10 a.m., a community worship service will be held in the Upsala High School gym. Visitors are then invited to a Dad’s Belgian Waffle breakfast held in the school cafeteria from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Events close with a farm threshing bee at 1 p.m., located at 4378 50th Ave., east of Upsala.