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Hebron to celebrate fall festival

HEBRON -- Hebron is proud of its cowboy heritage which also happens to be the theme for its 80th Annual Fall Festival slated for Friday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 9.

HEBRON -- Hebron is proud of its cowboy heritage which also happens to be the theme for its 80th Annual Fall Festival slated for Friday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 9.

"We started having themes for the festival about five years ago," community member Jim Heinert said. "We've honored our farmers and service men before and this year we thought we'd honor our ranchers. Plus, we're so proud of the Tibor Brothers for being inducted into the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame this year we thought it would be a great way to include everyone."

Heinert is just one of many who have been planning for the event for the last six months. He's even heard the 80 years could be a record for the longest running fall festival of its kind in the state, but that's just icing on the cake.

"This is our way of giving back to the people who give to us all the time," Heinert said. "We don't make money off this event, but it is a chance for others in town to participate and they usually do well."

Organizations such as the American Legion and school programs such as the FFA or Close Up have the opportunity to include themselves in activities while the community can raise funds to support them, he added.

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"We're fortunate to have other organizations helping out," Heinert said. "It's not going to be as elaborate as festivals were 30 or 40 years ago. We just don't have the manpower for that, but when the weather cooperates it's a fun time."

Friday evening kicks off the event with a community picnic and the annual parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday. Parade marshals this year are long time residents Orville and Viola Richardson.

After the parade the fun moves to Hebron City Hall and the community park. There patrons can partake of a craft fair, quilt show and food fair. The food fair only lasts from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. while a large slide and gladiator joust is available free to the public from noon-4 p.m.

The rest of the day includes various activities such as an FFA slave auction, kid carnival, car wash, pie eating contest, Junior Olympics, petting zoon, cow and horse drop and much more. There also is a blindfolded tractor driving contest for anyone brave enough to participate.

An informational activity will include a demonstration on how to put out a propane fire by the Hebron Fire Department using a fire tree at 2:45 p.m.

During the afternoon the Hebron Library and Museum will be open from noon-3 p.m. visitors can register to win a number of $10 beef certificates.

The hole-in-one contest and "Zuke Shoot" will conclude the afternoon's activities. Contestants for the hole-in-one contest include the public and members of the Hebron High School golf team at the Hebron Recreation Complex.

In its third year, the "Zuke Shoot" is for anyone creative enough to come up with a great device to shoot their zucchini the farthest. Look for the flying vegetables west of the Brickmaker Expressway area.

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A dance at Hebron City Hall will conclude Saturday's activities with the music featuring The Tibor Brothers who were inducted into the Arts and Entertainment division of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora.

The final event of the weekend is the second annual cancer roping at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. The benefit event is sponsored by the Broken Arrow Saddle Club and is comprised of a 20 head round robin team roping activity. Admission for the event is free. Ropers interested may enter by calling Bill Lembke at 701-878-4045.

For more information on Hebron's 80th Annual Fall Festival call Heinert at 701-878-4056 or Al Feist at 701-878-4269.

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