This weekend, the 39th 'Days of Yesteryear' festival celebrates Rochester's agrarian and farming origins. Participants dress in period costume. Blacksmiths and tinsmiths demonstrate their skills. Other demonstrations include oat baling and threshing, country school classes, games, rope-making, shelling and grinding corn, and butter making.
Marlys Ohnstad, one of the event organizers, speaks with MPR News.
• The Mechanical History Roundtable Days of Yesteryear festival Saturday and Sunday in Rochester, Minn. An 1860s-style baseball game takes place on Saturday, and blacksmith and farming demonstrations happen all weekend long.
• Twine Ball Day takes place Saturday in Darwin, Minn., where they celebrate the world's largest ball of twine made by a single man. Events include a 20 kilometer run and twine parade.
• Proctor Hoghead festival celebrates the city's railroad history this weekend with a golden spike scavenger hunt and miniature model train rides for kids.
• St. Paul India Fest, with dance performances, henna painting and Indian food.