Final preparations for Heidi Festival in New Glarus

Posted: Friday, June 27th, 2014 ----- 4:30 p.m.

It's been a tradition for the past 50 years in New Glarus, The Heidi Festival; celebrating the village's heritage. Beginning Saturday morning, streets downtown will be packed with arts and crafts exhibits and food vendors, showcasing all of the local food from right here in New Glarus.

There is one event starting off the festival Friday night and that's the Heidi play. 13 performers will take the stage of all ages and even a live goat along with kittens with also be part of the cast. We met up with a few of the performers and this is what they say is their favorite part about being involved in the play.

"I really like goats and apparently the really big one really likes me. One time last night at dress rehearsal the big goat kept on trying to nose me, I could feel him breathing on my neck, it was hilarious," said Tyler Durst. Joshua Masson added, "I really like looking around and seeing everyone laughing at my part since I'm supposed to be one of the funnier people in it. And that's basically the main reason why I love this play."

Ashley Holland, one of the Heidi Festival organizers said, "this story is really about the Swiss heritage that helped found New Glarus. New Glarus was founded by individuals who came over from Switzerland who were looking for a new place to settle and a new place for opportunities. In our environment today, it's nice to keep some of those cultural traditions alive."

All of the money raised at the Heidi Festival and play goes back into a scholarship fund for local high school students that help out with the festival, whether it be performing in the play, helping out with the set, or even designing artwork for the festival.

Play times are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

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