Heritage Days are back with roast pig, live music

By Patrick Lynn

Heritage Days returns to Plover, and this time the event is bigger than ever and just in time for Father’s Day.

After a two-year COVID-related hiatus, the Portage Co. Historical Society is bringing back one of its biggest fundraising events to Heritage Park, at the corner of Willow Dr. and Washing Ave. in Plover.

Anton Anday was a longtime curator for the historical society and served the community as supervisor of the Portage Co. board. He died in May 2021. (Contribution)

The Heritage Days Music and History Festival, June 18-19, is open to the public, with donations encouraged at entry.

Live music, craft drinks, historical demonstrations and a pig roast will be featured among the park’s historic buildings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s event will be the first without curator Anton Anday, who died last year. According to PCHS director John Harry, the farm barn museum will be named in Anday’s honor at a ceremony at noon on June 18. The ceremony is also open to the public.

Heritage Park contains 11 historic structures different from all of Portage Co. depicting everyday life as it was between 1870 and 1910. The park sustains itself through private donations.

“We are delighted to welcome our friends and neighbors back to Heritage Park for this fun weekend,” said Harry, who is the first paid director of PCHS. Previously, the organization was run solely by volunteers. “We have great entertainment and food offerings this year, and we hope everyone will come out and help us celebrate our accomplishments as a community.”

Entertainment includes live music from Gray Catz on Saturdays and Sloppy Joe on Sundays. Both bands start playing at 12:30 p.m.

Stone Press Food Truck will be on site Saturday and Rockman’s Catering will carve an American Roast Pork Belly at noon Sunday. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to see the pork roasting on the spit.

Point Brewery refreshments will also be available for purchase as a fundraiser for PCHS.

The event is sponsored by Heartland Custom Homes.

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