Heritage Days celebration planned in Burtrum August 25-26, 2012


Plans are in full swing as members of the Central Minnesota Heritage Club of Burtrum prepare for their annual “Heritage Days” celebration on August 25th and 26th. This event, which began in 2008, is held on the club grounds, ¼ mile northwest of Burtrum on County Road 13.
Featured both days will be saw mills, threshing, flea market, gas engine displays, sawing contest, tractor games, concessions and a beer garden, car and tractor shows and a pedal tractor pull for kids up to age 9. Saturday will also feature an ATV and garden tractor pull beginning at 4:30 p.m. In addition to all the other activities, Sunday will also feature a church service at 10 a.m. Exhibitors are welcome and primitive camping on the grounds will be available.
In addition to this celebration, the club members continue to do the lawn maintenance on the 2 acre cemetery on the east side of Buck Lake. The land was originally deeded to an area church in 1902 and some of the original tombstones show burial dates in 1897. Through the years as churches dissolved or merged and the Moses Dane Cemetery was started, the old cemetery was not maintained and become overgrown with brush.
The club began in 2008 according to Wes Klaahsen, club president, and has approximately 40 members that come from the local area as well as members from Pillager, Melrose, Little Falls, St. Cloud area and Royalton. The club meets the fourth Friday of each month at the Burtrum Community Center and persons interested in knowing more about the club and its activities can contact Wes Klaahsen 320-584-5403, Leroy Theisen 320-285-2208 or Anita Walker 218-746-2063.