The village of North Hudson will host an old-fashioned centennial celebration Sunday, June 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Pepper Fest Park, next to the Village Hall, 400 7th St. North.
Visitors can stroll through a vintage car show on 7th Street North or take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the former Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad Historic Car Shop District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Old-time music will fill the afternoon. Performing are Chris Tank & Friends, a brass ensemble, pianist Heather Tank, and the O'Brien's, a local a capella group accompanied by Bobbi Pominville. Darci Strutt, the 2009 St. Paul Winter Carnival Klondike Kate and who is from North Hudson, will also perform. A pie judging with blue ribbons for first, second and third place will be judged by past village presidents and the village's municipal judge.
Nick Heinen, proprietor of Lonesome Dove Shop and Forge located in the historic car shop district, will demonstrate his craft popular during the railroad's heyday and continuing today. Signs will point the way to the historic business district between Fourth Street N. and Galahad Road.
The celebration also includes a display of photographs, artifacts and historical items and a commemorative quilt created for the centennial at the village hall. A commemorative button and centennial cookbook will be offered for sale.
Old-fashioned root beer floats, hotdogs and other refreshments are available for purchase as will be a unique North Hudson specialty: an Italian sausage wrapped in lefsa, dubbed "Lefsaljetz." This Italian-Norwegian sandwich was first created and served by the organizers of one of the first Pepper Fest celebrations. Pepper Fest is North Hudson's annual Italian- and pepper-themed community celebration held the third weekend in August each year.
Village President George Klein reminds people that no alcohol will be served at the celebration. He called it a "family event."
Incorporated in 1912 and located on the 45th parallel along the lower St. Croix National Wild and Scenic Riverway, the village of North Hudson has a rich past spanning logging, railroad and tourism history. The railroad car repair shops began operation in the late 1800s, drawing an influx of immigrants to live and work in the area. In the 1920s and 1930s, some 700 people worked at the railroad car repair facility that served the railroad industry in the upper Midwest. Many of those historic buildings remain as a working business district near the St. Croix River.
Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. For more information on the pie contest or the day's events, contact Mona Houston, (715) 381-6736.