For 47 years, Perham has had a festival celebrating the pioneering heritage of the area.

Known as Pioneer Fest, this year's event is slated for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20, at Perham's Pioneer Village.

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This year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with 27 new vendors who make their own products, like beeswax lotion, knitting, woodworking, duck calls, lamps, dreamcatchers and much more! There will also be live sawmill, steam engines, wood carving and blacksmithing demonstrations, and live music throughout both days, and Vergas's Trowbridge Creek Zoo will be visiting the festival for the first time, bringing some of their animals for a live petting zoo.

The day starts with breakfast being served from 7 to 11 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, courtesy of the Perham VFW Post, who will also provide lunches from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. each day. Cost per meal is just $5. On Saturday, there will be an old time chicken dinner for $9, which will be served from 5-7 p.m. - just prior to the big polka dance party featuring the Chmielewski Funtime Band.

An ATV and lawn tractor pull will also take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday. All events are free and open to the public. Though the Black Powder Rendezvous is a separate event, it will also be held this weekend on the Pioneer Village grounds, and is free and open to the public as well. The 37th annual Lakes Country Mountaineers Black Powder Rendezvous will also be held this weekend on the Pioneer Village grounds, from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18-20. Though it is a separate event, it is also free and open to the public. Featured events include hawk and knife throwing, primitive shooting, primitive bow shooting and pioneer-style games, such as a frying pan toss.

For more information on the Lakes Country Mountaineers' Black Powder Rendezvous, visit the event's Facebook page (listed as "Black Powder Rendezvous"), and for more information on Pioneer Festival, check out the Perham Pioneer Village page, also on Facebook.