Heritage Days began as a ‘centennial celebration’ in 1976. Encouraged by the state of Minnesota and planned by the Chamber of Commerce, East Grand Forks; as part of the promotion to become a centennial city. The Chamber of Commerce met with Heritage Foundation board members and representatives from local agriculture and business to plan the first “Farmer’s Day” which was held in 1976. The following year Elsie Miller, Chamber of Commerce Secretary worked with Russ Beier, administrator of the Northwest Technical College, Heritage Foundation board members and representatives from local agriculture and business to plan the second “Threshing Day” which was held in 1977. “Heritage Days” became an annual event in 1978, under the Heritage Foundation presidency of Russ Beier.  

Heritage Day - August 12-13, 2023

Free Admission for Everyone

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Donations will be accepted and used to maintain the Heritage Village. 

Bingo for your HEALTH 
Sanford Health
East Grand Forks

How many healthy habits do you have? If your healthy habits complete a BINGO, bring your card to the General Store during Heritage Days and receive a FREE Sanford Health water bottle!

I wear my seatbelt

Eat at least 4 servings of vegetables 4 times/week

Did you laugh today?

Are you wearing sunscreen?

I did not look at my cell phone while in the car

Drink at least 8 glasses of water

Random act of kindness

I have had a basic health screening in the last year

Eat at least 4 serving of fruit 4 times/week

Did you brush AND floss your teeth today?

8 hours of sleep

Focus on one thing at a time


Take time to relax

Walk for 30 minutes each day

Prepare a healthy meal instead of eating out

Turn the t.v off while eating

Be kind

Take the stairs

Washed my hands

Limit screen time

Open the door for someone else

Park your car further, and walk


Happiness is contagious!

Walked the dog





Heritage Foundation

PO Box 281

219 20 Street NE

East Grand Forks, MN 56721



Volunteers are always welcome to help prepare for the event and to help at the event. To volunteer contact Teri Hammarback 218-773-3190.
Tractor Pull

Prior to the invention of the tractor, farmers would boast about the strength of their horse teams. In some cases, they compared horse teams pulling large loads over distance, such as a fully loaded hay cart or wagon. In other situations, a flat board or skid would have a horse or team of horses hitched to it; weight would be added, usually in the form of rocks, and the driver would urge his horses to pull the load, with more weight added as competitors were eliminated; the animals pulling the most weight or for the greatest distance were judged the strongest. These events became the formalized sport of horse pulling. In 1929 horse pulling events added tractor pulling.

In 1969, representatives from eight states congregated to create the National Tractor Pullers Association and a uniform book of rules to give the sport the much-needed structure. Tractor pulling is a motorsport competition which requires antique or modified tractors to pull a heavy drag (sled) along an 35-foot wide, 330-foot long track, with the winner being the tractor that pulls the drag (sled) the farthest. All tractors in their respective classes pull a set weight in the drag (sled). A tractor that pulls the weight the entire length of the track has completed a "full pull". Tractors that complete a full pull enter another round with more weight on the drag. The winner is the tractor that can pull the drag the farthest.

The drag is known as a weight transfer drag (sled). This means that, as the drag is pulled down the track, the weight is transferred (linked with gears to the drag’s wheels) from over the rear axles and towards the front of the drag. In front of the rear wheels, instead of front wheels, there is a "pan". This is essentially a metal plate, and as the weight moves toward it, the resistance between the pan and the ground builds. The farther the tractor pulls the drag, the more difficult it gets.