The traveling half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall was in Houston 19 years ago during the 2004 Hoedown Days and will be in town again this year in conjunction with the town’s well-known celebration. There will be plenty of time for Fillmore County Journal readers to visit the wall between July 27 and July 241 and pay their respects. Whether you have seen the wall or not, you will be moved.
The Houston American Legion is sponsoring The Moving Wall at the Trailhead Park, Houston. The wall will be on display for public viewing 24 hours a day. Volunteers are still needed to guard the wall and assist with name rubbings and answer questions. Sign up by leaving a message at (608) 304-8619.
Make sure to purchase a Houston Hoedown Days button and a festival t-shirt or hoodie. Both memorabilia feature The Moving Wall on an olive-green background. The shirts are available at the Rushford State Bank in Houston and the button is available at local Houston businesses.
Kick-back at the 49th Annual Houston Hoedown Days is July 28, 29 and 30, includes live music, queen’s contest, a kiddie parade (theme “Here Comes the Circus”), Grand Parade, kiddie pedal tractor pull, craft/flea market, bingo, men’s softball tournament, diesel truck and tractor pull, live entertainment, 5K run/walk, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments, antique tractor display and a car show. The festivities end on a bang with fireworks show. Don’t forget to attend the Looney Valley Lutheran Church’s pie and ice cream social on Sunday at the community center.
What’s happening in Bluff Country this week:
•July 25, Music in the Park, Caledonia, Minn.
•July 27-29, Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Prairie du Chien, Wis.
•July 27-29, Nordic Fest, Decorah, Iowa
•July 28, Relay for Life, Fountain, Minn.
•July 28-29, Swiss Heritage Days, Alma, Wis.
•July 28-29, Riverboat Days, Elkader, Iowa
•July 29, Heritage Fest, Charles City, Iowa
•July 29, Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s Street Theatre, McGregor, Iowa
•July 240, Music in the Bandshell, Peterson, Minn.
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