Heritage Days celebrates in type with wholesome crowds and extra

The shopping district is during Hope Heritage Days on Sunday, September 26, 2021, Carla Clark | For the republic

HOPE – As expected, the return of Hope Heritage Days after last year’s COVID-19 cancellation seemed like a big slice of Americana: a loud and proud, smoky, classic military flyover just after the national anthem and just before the Sunday afternoon parade.

Food from cotton candy to corn dogs to funnel cakes. A pioneering village with a rustic look at yesterday. And a shopping bazaar from toys to T-shirts.

Oh, and one more thing: healthy crowds, no pun intended, in the middle of the Delta variant.

Susan Fye, a volunteer at Pioneer Village, can vouch for this element as the 53rd annual three-day event began on Friday.

“I had never seen so many people on the square at the same time on a Friday night,” said Fye.

Jake Miller, chief executive officer of the organizing Heritage of Hope board, was more than satisfied on Sunday afternoon. He’d been hoping for record numbers to help nonprofits in the area recover a little from last year’s cancellation, and budgets and estimates from drone footage and more will tell him in a matter of days if this was true.

“I heard from several of our nonprofit sellers that they sold more Friday night than ever before,” Miller said. “And we’ve heard the same thing from a few others about Saturday being the greatest of all time.

“… Basically, this weekend was an absolute win for everyone. It was really bigger than we expected. “

He raved about being grateful to the volunteers, nonprofit leaders, attendees, and just about anyone else he could think of for making the event a resounding success.

The weather on Sunday was good enough to be mid-70s and super sunny. In the Pioneer Village, 10-year-old history buff Emma Oster tried again and again until she finally learned to walk on wooden stilts in a country house style. In fact, she even learned to walk backwards.

“Pioneer Village is really the only place where I’m not bored,” says Oster with a smile.

She loved it so much that she volunteered alongside Debra Slone Sunday and plans to do the same again next year.

In the middle of the shopping stalls, Gina Fisher found a Christmas T-shirt with a light flannel pattern that she had bought and that she will combine with matching pajama pants to sleep in style. All in all, however, she had pretty big eyes to catch her children parade with the Triton Central Marching Tigers.

“And this is the first time I’ve seen her,” said Fisher.

Edward Fye, left, teaches Allyson Baxter and Makayla Baxter how to dip string in wax to make candles at the Pioneer Village during Hope Heritage Days, Sunday September 26, 2021 Carla Clark | For the republic

Sydnie Young introduces DMI, short for Pandemic, because then she was born, the goat of Victor Doty, while Ayana Young watches during the Hope Heritage Days on Sunday, September 26th, 2021 in the Pioneer Village. Carla Clark |  For the republic

Sydnie Young introduces DMI, short for Pandemic, because then she was born, the goat of Victor Doty, while Ayana Young watches during the Hope Heritage Days on Sunday, September 26th, 2021 in the Pioneer Village. Carla Clark | For the republic

Griffin Artis demonstrates the use of a compound bow with approximately 63 pounds of pulling force at Pioneer Village during Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26, 2021 Carla Clark |  For the republic

Griffin Artis demonstrates the use of a compound bow with approximately 63 pounds of pulling force at Pioneer Village during Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26, 2021 Carla Clark | For the republic

Kate Phillips is spinning a Wollhof Carla Clark |  For the republic

Kate Phillips is spinning a Wollhof Carla Clark | For the republic

Susan Thayer Fye and Hannah Pruden show furs, skulls and shells from animals in the Pioneer Village during Hope Heritage Days on Sunday, September 26, 2021 Carla Clark |  For the republic

Susan Thayer Fye and Hannah Pruden show furs, skulls and shells from animals in the Pioneer Village during Hope Heritage Days on Sunday, September 26, 2021 Carla Clark | For the republic

Catey Fields and Piper Flannery learn to saw during Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26, 2021, in the Pioneer Village. Carla Clark |  For the republic

Catey Fields and Piper Flannery learn to saw during Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26, 2021, in the Pioneer Village. Carla Clark | For the republic

Beau McKinney uses the crank forge to demonstrate the blacksmithing art in the Pioneer Village during the Hope Heritage Days on Sunday, September 26th, 2021 Carla Clark |  For the republic

Beau McKinney uses the crank forge to demonstrate the blacksmithing art in the Pioneer Village during the Hope Heritage Days on Sunday, September 26th, 2021 Carla Clark | For the republic

Finn, a German shorthair pointer, plays with the new dog toy that he as Vada Cramer-Burrus, Partner for Animal Welfare Society, Inc., and Billy Gray during the Hope Heritage Days on Sunday, 26. Clark |  For the republic

Finn, a German shorthair pointer, plays with the new dog toy that he as Vada Cramer-Burrus, Partner for Animal Welfare Society, Inc., and Billy Gray during the Hope Heritage Days on Sunday, 26. Clark | For the republic

Justin Gelfius gives Grane Gelfius a bite of his turkey leg during Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26, 2021 Carla Clark |  For the republic

Justin Gelfius gives Grane Gelfius a bite of his turkey leg during Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26, 2021 Carla Clark | For the republic

Paige, Ella Erin and Avery Brown enjoy funnel cakes during Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26, 2021 Carla Clark |  For the republic

Paige, Ella Erin and Avery Brown enjoy funnel cakes during Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26, 2021 Carla Clark | For the republic

People picnic and visit Carla Clark |  For the republic

People picnic and visit Carla Clark | For the republic

During Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26th, 2021, people will queue up for food at the FFA booth Carla Clark |  For the republic

During Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26th, 2021, people will queue up for food at the FFA booth Carla Clark | For the republic

The Cottonpatch band will perform during Hope Heritage Days on Sunday, September 26th, 2021 Carla Clark |  For the republic

The Cottonpatch band will perform during Hope Heritage Days on Sunday, September 26th, 2021 Carla Clark | For the republic

Wyatt Pate plays the Hoop Rolling Game in Pioneer Village during Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26, 2021 Carla Clark |  For the republic

Wyatt Pate plays the Hoop Rolling Game in Pioneer Village during Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26, 2021 Carla Clark | For the republic

During Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26, 2021, people will line up at the food stalls at Carla Clark |  For the republic

During Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26, 2021, people will line up at the food stalls at Carla Clark | For the republic

People buy, eat and visit during Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26, 2021 Carla Clark |  For the republic

People buy, eat and visit during Hope Heritage Days, Sunday, September 26, 2021 Carla Clark | For the republic

The shopping district is during Hope Heritage Days on Sunday, September 26, 2021, Carla Clark |  For the republic

The shopping district is during Hope Heritage Days on Sunday, September 26, 2021, Carla Clark | For the republic