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Depot Day set for Saturday

The Beltrami County Historical Society will celebrate the fifth annual Depot Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. N.W.

"Depot Day is a way of honoring this grand old depot," said Wanda Hoyum, Historical Society executive director. "And it's a way to teach history and have fun while you're doing it."

The celebration will feature traditional demonstrations, as well as the new exhibit of Paddle, Ride and Fly." Boyd Ferrell will return to demonstrate telegraphy throughout the day, and the Go & Whoa Harness Club will provide wagon rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The First City Squares will dance from 12:30-1:30 p.m. And a wide range of arts and crafts and health and wellness booths will be set up in the parking lot. The Jack Pine Spinners & Weavers, dry felting, basketry and Bemidji Woodcarvers will also show their skills.

Andy Mack, an expert on railroading and the Great Northern Depot will give guided "depotology" tours from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

New this year will be the Carpenter Brothers. "They juggle and they play the accordion and violin," Hoyum said. All the while, they're riding unicycles.

Another new feature will be Theodora's Caravan to Byzantium Middle Eastern Dance, also known as belly dancing, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Children's activities will include Joe D'Allesandro's magic, face painting, bubble wands and sack races.

Food will be provided by the Headwaters BBQ presided over by Rich Haug and Chris Ross.

"They call themselves the first southern barbecue on the Mississippi River," Hoyum said.

The celebration is a fundraiser for the Beltrami County Historical Society. In addition to the entertainment, there will be a raffle drawing for a hotel-dinner package: a one-night stay for two people at the Hampton Inn & Suites and dinner at the Green Mill Restaurant.

For more information, call 444-3376.