Thursday, April 18, 2013

WWII Weekend, Dakota City

Dakota City Heritage Village will hold its fourth annual Armed Forces Day WWII Weekend on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. Saturday hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The village is located at the fairgrounds in Farmington.

The World War II Historical Re-enacting Society will have over 30 groups performing a WWII Living History weekend, according to organizers Jon Boorom and Ray Rygula. The groups will represent American, British, Russian, Canadian, Irish Guard, Japanese and German military units. The re-enactors will represent infantry, airborne, aviation, medical, engineering, reconnaissance, signal photo, military police and other units.

Demonstrations, displays and activities will include army camps, life on the home front, civilian life, weapons demonstrations, WWII military vehicles, a European Theater mock battle, authentic military displays, a symposium and a military swap meet. Organizations on hand will include the WWII Historical Re-enactment Society, the Commemorative Air Force, the Red Bull Military Vehicle Club and Fagen Fighters WWII Museum, along with the Lakeville Area and Rosemount Historical Societies. Food and beverages will be available.

Admission will be $5 for those who bring a non-perishable food item or $7 without a food donation. Children aged five and under will be admitted free.

Dakota City is located at 4008-220th St. W. on the fairgrounds in Farmington. For information, call Boorom at 612-432-2231 or visit the Dakota City website at 

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