Jane Olive and Ingrid Herfindahl in Victorian era dress and Melisa Ferris in Steampunk attire directed the costume contest. Photo by Alexa Nash
By Alexa Nash
At the end of a rainy June, the sun shone June 29 and 30 in Mantorville; perfect weather for some good fun at the Old Tyme Days (OTD) festival. The second run at making OTD a two-day event, organizers tweaked old standbys and added new events around the town. Live music and a Fiddlers' Jamboree provided a melodious backdrop as an estimated 300 people walked around the historic town of Mantorville; viewing and visiting artisans and living history displays.
Jane Olive was in charge of the overall event with the help of Mary Lee Lambert and Melisa Ferris. Businesses benefited from the increased traffic - The Chocolate Shoppe got cleared out of ice cream - and other organizations such as the Mantorville Restoration Association, the Kasson-Mantorville Dog Park, and the Mantorville Theatre Company were given a boost.
There was plenty to see, do, shop, eat and drink.
Alpacas from Northern Sky Alpacas were on the Mantorville Restoration House lawn and owners Tom and Laurie Weed taught about the history of alpacas and their prominent traits, such as their wool is the strongest natural fiber in the world. They displayed products made from alpacas fiber. You could pet the alpacas and touch their recently sheared wool.
For people who enjoy fashions of the past there was a great show behind the Art Guild in the form of a costume contest, with five different categories. Two of the winners were Miss Mantorville Susanna Bordelon, 16-year-old costumer in the Victorian category and Cheryl Frarck, a recently retired Kasson-Mantorville High School teacher and a playwright, won the Edwardian Era contest.