First ‘Fest’

Don Ratzlaff / Free Press<p>Owen Burkholder, 5, concentrates on his chalk and slate project during the flag presentation in the historic Kreutziger School.

The Hillsboro Museums Advisory Board welcomed between 150 and 200 people to the first ?MuseumFest? event Sunday afternoon at the Loewen ?Adobe? Com?plex and Scout House.

The event began with a recognition time to thank city officials and private contributors for recent improvements at the Loewen ?Adobe? Complex, including renovations to the Friesen Mill, roofing projects on four buildings, and the acquisition of an antique truck from the Don Dahl estate.

Later in the afternoon, the American Legion Auxiliary, represented by Patricia Bartel and Neva Kreutziger, presented a new American flag to the Kreutziger School.

Guests also were invited to visit the Hillsboro and Lehigh memorabilia collection donated by Robert Sextro, retired Hillsboro High School math teacher.

Additional activities at the free event included music by the Cottonwood River Band, games for children, self-guided tours, shopping at the Visitors Center and homemade ice cream.

Near perfect early-fall weather drew people to the museum grounds and Memorial Park. But the lack of wind prevented a flour grinding demonstration at the Friesen Mill.

Mary Regier, advisory council chair, was pleased with turnout for the event.

?I counted what we had in the guest register?it was over 150,? Regier said. ?It was amazing to me that there were that many when there were only about 50 in the Scout House at the 2 o?clock recognition and award (gathering).?

Don Ratzlaff / Free Press<p>Dan Dalke, Richard Dirks and Jim Regier (from left) combine their muscles in an attempt to pull the dasher from the large cannister of homemade ice cream.

Don Ratzlaff / Free Press<p>Patricia Bartel (left) and Neva Kreutziger represented the America Legion Auxiliary in presenting an American flag to the Kreutziger School on the museum grounds.

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