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Mantorville celebrates their Olde Tyme Days


MANTORVILLE, Minn. (KTTC)- History is important for any town, and for the people of Mantorville, they decide to celebrate it every year by traveling back in the past.

Things seem normal at first glance, but then you look again. People are dressed in costume. Mantorville travels back in time each year for their Olde Tyme Days.

"The ones that are in costume does show (life) from the 1800 era," says Don Swanson from the Mantorville City Council, "so people young and old alike will be able to see somewhat what it was like then."

People in town get to see a kids tractor pull, enjoy an art show and even have a lunch with others in costume.

"We are here to encourage people to come out and enjoy the costumes in Mantorville," explains Melisa Ferris, one of the many costume participants. "It's a very historic town, so it's a great opportunity for folks of all ages who like to create costumes and wear costumes to be able to come to an event like this."

It is the costumes, says Ferris, that adds to the flavor of the entire weekend.

"For an event like this, the costuming aspect is important because it does bring people to town who have never been to Mantorville or never been to Olde Tyme Days and so they get to come and see all the fun we have here on a regular basis."

As an audience checks out a blacksmith hard at work, everyone in town enjoys their moment inside the town's history.

"I really, really like it. It's fun," says Jaclyn Theis from Rochester, dressed in her best 1800s attire. "This is my type of clothing so I love it!"

The fun in Mantorville continues Sunday as visitors can tour the town's historical buildings as well as enjoy alpacas and tractor shows.

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