Cream Day a highlight at Markerville Creamery

The Historic Markerville Creamery is gearing up for its biggest event of the year with the activity-filled Cream Day, set for Aug. 12.

The Historic Markerville Creamery is gearing up for its biggest event of the year with the activity-filled Cream Day, set for Aug. 12.

Festivities run through the afternoon from noon to 5 p.m.

“It’s really an interpretive day to show how people used to live,” explained Brooke Henrikson, manager of the site. “It’s like a county fair.”

The afternoon features lots of children’s activities, plenty of ice cream and butter making, live entertainment, a petting zoo and of course the informative museum tours, she said.

The Markerville Creamery is open through to the September long weekend from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Visitors can also check out the gift shop which has lots of interesting books and other items and take a break at the Kaffistofa, a unique coffee shop with an ‘Icelandic flair’.

Costumed interpreters guide folks through the site with a well-rounded knowledge of the history of the homesteaders, the vision of the government for financial health of the farmers in the area, the process of making butter and the ‘open-door’ policy that the community was built on.

Visitors will also learn how butter was made and the economic stability that it brought to a struggling agricultural community, according to the web site.

As Henrikson said, the hamlet of Markerville, which currently has 56 residents, is a particularly peaceful place and visitors are encouraged to take a walking map and tour the community. Other spots of interesting include the Lutheran Church which was built in 1907 and carefully restored Fensala Hall.

Meanwhile, summer camps are also scheduled to run throughout August.

Henrikson said the Creamery is also the site for community members to gather every day for what’s known as the coffee club.

“It’s an awesome and very active community.”

For more information about the Historic Markerville Creamery, call 403-728-3006 or 1-877-728-3007. For more information about all the events happening in Markerville, check out www.historicmarkerville.com.

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