Tuesday, April 19, 2011

WW II Re-enactment event scheduled May 21-22

Dakota City's second annual World War II HistoricalRe-enactment event will take place Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington. More than 20 living history organizations will portray American, British, Canadian, Russian and German soldiers.


Participants will come from Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. They will represent units such as infantry, airborne, aviation, medical, engineering, reconnaissance, signal, photographic and military police. Reenactors from the Midwest will don authentic uniforms and use restored military equipment to portray the World War II years.


Throughout the weekend, the village will come to lifewith memories of the war years, both military and on the home front. Anyone who is a veteran, family of a veteran, history enthusiast or who would like to learn more about the 1940s era is encouraged to attend.


Events will include a European Theater battle, firing and field demonstrations plus a dance. New this year will be a 1940s Fashion Show and home front displays by the Lakeville and Rosemount Historical Societies. Food and beverages will be available.


A symposium will feature several speakers, including Liz Stohfus, one of 1,200 WASP pilots during World War II, and Yogi Punsh, who served with a German artillery unit. The speakers will related personal stories and answer questions. Co-chairs Ray Rygula and Jon Boorom expressed special thanks to the WWII Historical Re-enactment Society, Inc., especially the 12thSS Panzer Unit, for its support.


The admission charge will be $5.00 for those 13 years and older, $3.00 for children ages 3 through 12 and $10 per carload. Children under three will enter free.


Dakota City is located at 4008-220th St. W. on the fairgrounds in Farmington. For information, visit the village's web site at www.dakotacity.org or call Boorom at 612-432-2231 or Dakota City at 651-460-8050. 


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