The history and culture of this region will be on full display during East Grand Forks’ annual Heritage Days, which begins Thursday, Aug. 8, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 11.

The event kicks off with a parade at 6 p.m. Thursday, with participants lining up on Patriotism Drive, near downtown. The parade route runs along Fourth Street Northwest and River Road East.

The Classic Car show also begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Village, 219 20th St. N.E., and is followed by a dance, with music by the Downtown Horns, from 7 to 11 p.m.

From 8 a.m. to noon Friday, children will be admitted free of charge and can participate in age-appropriate hands-on programs that will enhance their understanding of nature, animals and gun safety.

The event also features demonstrations of the sawmill, antique tractors and machinery of the past and skills such as broom-making, blacksmithing and printing.

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A Viking ship, property of the Gyda Varden Sons of Norway Lodge in Grand Forks, also will be on display, said Teri Hammarback, event organizer.

“It is quite beautiful,” she said.

The Thresher Men’s Breakfast is set for 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday and several food concession stands are available throughout the event.

The Hotdish contest takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the bandstand. Judges include local Food Network star, Molly Yeh; Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald columnist; East Grand Forks Mayor Steve Gander; Terry Dullum, retired WDAZ-TV newscaster; and Pat Mars.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, the Fire Hall Theatre children’s performance, “Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs,” will be presented at the bandstand in memory of the play’s author, Larry Damico, a long-time English teacher in the East Grand Forks school system.

The photo contest always draws “quite a few pictures,” Hammarback said.

Another special feature this year, the Jensen Sisters of Goodrich, Minn., will perform at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday at the bandstand.

The Heritage Village is home to numerous historic buildings, including a general store, school house, a log cabin, granary, the Northern Lights Railroad Museum and a town hall, as well as many historical artifacts and exhibits on the state’s history.

Admission to Heritage Days is $5. Children younger than 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

Admission is also free for all active duty U.S. military personnel, National Guard and reserve military personnel, and up to five family members with a military ID.

For more information, visit www.egfheritage.com and click on “Heritage Days Schedule.”