Independence Heritage Fest boasts two days of enjoyment

Pigs fly — on the ground — during races at Independence Heritage Fest, Saturday, Sept. 14, at Pioneer Creek Park, with the crowd enthusiastically cheering for favorites. Area residents and businesses had opportunities to sponsor a pig to make the competition more interesting.  (Photo by Bill Nord) Competitors in the pig races wear identifying colors to help the crowd cheer for favorites. (Photo by Bill Nord) Horse and buggy rides take visitors back in Independence’s history. (Photo by Bill Nord)
Luca Larson, of Independence, heads up the climbing wall. (Photo by Bill Nord)
Jaid Schultz, of Maple Plain, meets one of the contestants from the pig races. (Photo by Bill Nord)
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Pigs fly — on the ground — during races at Independence Heritage Fest, Saturday, Sept. 14, at Pioneer Creek Park, with the crowd enthusiastically cheering for favorites. Area residents and businesses had opportunities to sponsor a pig to make the competition more interesting. (Photo by Bill Nord)

Independence emphasized participating as well as watching for visitors to Heritage Fest, Friday, Sept. 13, and Saturday, Sept. 14, at Pioneer Creek Park. A Friday evening dance featured music by the Shane Martin Band. Volleyball, disc golf and horseshoe tournaments got weekend athletes involved on both days. Visitors could sponsor pig contestants in Saturday’s races. A pig roast and parade were other weekend highlights.