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An eventful weekend

Wendell Landon stood over the sewing vise as he sewed together his handmade broom Saturday afternoon at Heritage Village. Broom-making was one of many attractions Saturday at Heritage Village, as East Grand Forks celebrates 120 years of being a c...

Wendell Landon stood over the sewing vise as he sewed together his handmade broom Saturday afternoon at Heritage Village.

Broom-making was one of many attractions Saturday at Heritage Village, as East Grand Forks celebrates 120 years of being a community and 10 years of flood recovery this weekend with East Grand Forks Jubilee '07.

The three machines used to make the brooms all are from about 1880, and Landon was dressed for the part of a 19th century broom-maker. The first machine, the broom winder, wraps the bristles around the end of the broomstick and secures it with wire. It is operated by a wheel Landon pushes with his feet.

The second machine is the sewing vise, which clamps onto the broom so Landon can sew the bristles together with red string to tighten them all up together. And finally, the broom is put into the cutter, which snips off the jagged edges of the bristles, making them all even with each other.

Landon has made about 200 brooms, he said.

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"But I'm still a rookie at times," he said with a smile as he attempted for a second time to tighten the string around the bristles before starting to sew.

"It looked very interesting," said Davell Lysne, Thompson, N.D., of the broom-making process.

"It's fascinating," said Lysine's mother, Aida Lysne. "It's eye-catching."

Not as many people as expected went out to Heritage Village because the parade through town in the morning did not go as far as it was supposed to, according to Heritage Center President Teri Hammarback.

"Not a lot of people showed up," she said. "But those who did had fun."

Hammarback said only about 100 people stopped by all day. The village was set up from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

But many other Jubilee activities have done very well this weekend, according to Dick Grassel, East Grand Forks City Council member.

"There were a lot of people at the parade," he said. "And Friday night on the boardwalk was just jam-packed."

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Grassel said it is difficult to determine how many people have turned out for the Jubilee events, but that it is going well.

"It is going about how we expected," he said.

Other events Saturday included an Art and Wine Walk, a paintball tournament, an ice-cream social and a teen dance at the civic center, among many others.

"The restaurants on the boardwalk were jam-packed yesterday," said Teresa Bakken, Jubilee '07 staff, Saturday.

"We've had a pretty big noticeable difference in business," said Whitey's manager Alex Heigaard Saturday. "Last night was crazy. Today is a little bit slower, but as the evening goes on, we expect another crazy night."

"Yes, we have definitely noticed an increase," said Sherry Aarnes, owner of Mike's Pizza. "We've been swamped. It's been very good, and we wish (Jubilee) would happen more."

Today is the last day of Jubilee '07 and here is a schedule of the events:

-- All Day: Golf Specials at Valley Golf.

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-- 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.: Heritage Village Pancake Breakfast. Cost is $4.00.

-- 10:30 a.m.: Ecumenical Worship at Heritage Village.

-- 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Paintball: $1,000 Open-class Tournament Across DeMers from City Hall.

-- 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Campbell Library lobby open.

-- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Free Ice Cream Social at the Campbell Library.

-- 2 p.m.: Movie - Roman Holiday at the Campbell Library.

-- All Day: Open House at the Red River State Recreation Area.

-- 7 p.m.: Martina McBride with special guest Little Big Town performing at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

Reach Gibson at (701) 787-6754, or lgibson@gfherald.com .

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