Visitors can milk cows, watch draft horses plow the fields and check out antique farm implements during a demonstration of early farming techniques in Dakota County from 1-4 p.m. May 4 at the Dakota City Heritage Village at the county fairgrounds in Farmington.

"The Origin of Food," co-sponsored by the Heritage Village and the Dakota County Historical Society, will also feature John Day, a fourth-generation farmer from Castle Rock Township. Attendees can also visit the village's 22 historic buildings, take free trolley rides to and from the planting field, and partake in a grilled pork chop dinner for $6.

Admission to the event is free. The fairgrounds are at 4008 W. 220th St., Farmington.


'Diamond dance' on tap

The Dakota County Historical Society is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a "diamond dance" featuring swing tunes and a 1939 theme on May 3 at the Rosemount Community Center.

The theme is "Great Movies of 1939: The Biggest Year in Hollywood's History." Swing dance lessons by the University of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Club will be from 6:30 — 7:30 p.m. The Bend in the River Big Band will entertain from 8-11 p.m. Guests are invited to dress as a favorite characters from 1939 movies. Food and cocktails will be available for purchase and a prize raffle will be drawn.

The event is 6:30-11 p.m. The community center is at 13885 S. Robert Trail. Tickets are $15 if reserved before April 26 and $20 afterward, including at the door. Call 651-552-7548 for advance tickets. For more information, see


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