Celebrating winter at the Pond Dakota History Festival
The Pond Dakota Winter History Festival Jan 27 featured horse-drawn wagon rides, log sawing and branding, outdoor games, live music and refreshments. The festival was organized by the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department and the Pond Dakota Heritage Society.
Amy Roemhildt, right, of Janesville, Minn., provides music in the Pond Dakota house, accompanied by willing volunteers Ruth Watson of Lakeville, center, and Koleesa Amundson of New Prague. Visitors at the Pond Dakota Winter History Festival had the opportunity to play the instruments Roemhildt brought with her as an example of common entertainment from years ago. (Sun staff photo by Sarah Peterson)
Colin, 11, gets pulled backward by his father, Jeff Alt of Bloomington, demonstrating another use for the “snow snakes,” which were used in a game to see who could slide their stick across the snow the farthest. (Sun staff photo by Sarah Peterson)
Colin, 11, and mother Faith Alt of Bloomington catch a ride on the horse-drawn wagon ride to the Pond Dakota house. (Sun staff photo by Sarah Peterson)
Scott Roemhildt of Janesville, Minn., pushes a heated brand into a sawed-off log section, one of the souvenirs visitors could create in the Pond Dakota Winter History Festival’s logging camp activity that Roemhildt helped run. Participants could use historical tools of the logging industry to saw off a section of a log and then brand it. (Sun staff photo by Sarah Peterson)
Scott Roemhildt of Janesville, Minn., uses the little heat that’s left in the bonfire in front of the Pond Dakota house to heat a brand. (Sun staff photo by Sarah Peterson)
The Pond Dakota house at Pond Dakota Mission Park welcomed in visitors with music, refreshments and a fire in the fireplace during the winter storm Jan. 27. (Sun staff photo by Sarah Peterson)