Upsala Heritage Festival 2015 celebrates 100 years of town’s Scandinavian heritage; medallion hunt begins Aug. 3

At Upsala’s celebration of its Scandinavian heritage during the Upsala Heritage Days event, folks come from far and near to take part in fun competitions and activities. Pictured at last year’s celebration, Upsala FFA volunteers Marjorie Schleper, left, and Mark Schleper helped kids of all ages during its tractor pull event
At Upsala’s celebration of its Scandinavian heritage during the Upsala Heritage Days event, folks come from far and near to take part in fun competitions and activities. Pictured at last year’s celebration, Upsala FFA volunteers Marjorie Schleper, left, and Mark Schleper helped kids of all ages during its tractor pull event

During Upsala’s Heritage Festival, Friday – Sunday, Aug. 7 – 9, the community welcomes residents, former residents and visitors to a celebration of the area’s Scandinavian heritage. The city of Upsala will celebrate its 100 years of existence.

Monday, Aug. 3, starts the festival with a medallion hunt. A clue is given each day until the medallion is found. Clues will be posted at 9 a.m. on the Upsala City website and at all area businesses.

Friday evening, beginning at 7 p.m., Upsala area musicians and bands will provide a free country and gospel concert. Guests are asked to bring their own chairs.

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 “Fun in the Park,” featuring food, inflatables, kids tractor pull, bean bag tournament, games, vintage car show, beer garden and Fire Department water fights. The Upsala Area Historical Society will also be sponsoring events at the Borgstrom House.

Saturday evening fun begins at the Recreation Building with food, DJ music, a beer garden and the Upsala Area Fire Department raffle, as well as “fabulous fireworks,” sponsored by the Upsala Legion and Lions.

Upsala-City-Sign-webSunday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., visitors are invited to a Dad’s Belgian Waffles feed held in the school cafeteria. A community worship service will be held in the Upsala High School gym at 10 a.m.

Events close Sunday, with a community threshing bee at 1 p.m. at the Dennis Westrich property, 3478 50th Avenue, east of Upsala. Organizers say, “Bring your bundle fork and lawn chair.”

See the online calendar at www.cityofupsala.com for updates on the Heritage Festival events, times and contact information.