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Yellowstone Trail festivities set Saturday

Hudson celebrates Yellowstone Trail Heritage Day Saturday with various activities throughout the community.

The Yellowstone Trail (1912-1930) ran through Hudson and many other area communities. The route covered 3,600 miles and was advertised as "A Good Road from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound."

The event is being sponsored by several local businesses and organizations, and is designed to celebrate Hudson's presence on the historic trail.

Yellowstone Trail Heritage Days offers a day of fun, with activities scheduled to appeal to a range of interests and ages.

Car enthusiasts can get a close look at vintage vehicles on display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hudson Arch in Lakefront Park. A "Slow Race" is planned at 1 p.m. In this "most uneventful event" vintage vehicles race to see who can drive the slowest, not an easy task for these old cars that easily stall.

*Other activities at Lakefront Park include "Chalk the Trail." Create sidewalk chalk art, bring your camera to record your art and share it on Facebook at St Croix County Yellowstone Trail. Free chalk will be available at the information booth.

*Bring the kids for fun free creative activities provided by Giggle Factory.

*Coco's Heart Dog Rescue will have rescued dogs at the park who are looking for homes.

*STUDIO threesixty5 will offer free photos with the vintage vehicles, download photos at Studio365

*The First Baptist Church, at 309 Vine Street, will hold a homemade pie and ice cream social from 1 to 3 p.m. The children can enjoy a variety of turn of the century yard games. In the church sanctuary a DVD of "The History of the Yellowstone Trail" will be showing at 1 and 2 p.m.

*The St. Croix County Historical Society will present a Cemetery Walk at Willow River Cemetery from noon to 3:30 p.m. Visitors can take a guided stroll through the cemetery where costumed actors share the life stories of "Spirits" of Hudson's past. Reminisce with the spirits of Hans Anderson, William Phipps, Anita North, Carrie Goss, Jennie Humphrey, Jean Penfield and Eliza Page. Tours take about an hour. The Pearly Gate Singers will also be performing. The last tour starts at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $3 for students (13-18) and children 12 and under are free with an adult.

*Hudson Area Library will host guest speaker Helen Stoltz-Wood who will present "Genealogy: How to Begin" at 10:30 a.m. There is limited seating so guests must pre-register at (715) 386-3101.

*Geocaching on the Yellowstone Trail starts with a 9 a.m. "Meet and Greet" at Dick's Bar followed by CITO (Cache In - Trash Out) in the Hudson parks. Visit Geocaching and find caches in Hudson, Roberts, Hammond and other trail-side communities.

*The annual St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners Association plant sale will be held on the lawn of the Octagon House Museum at 1004 Third St. Visitors should come early for the best selection of perennial and annual plants from the gardens of local master gardeners.

*Ciranda, located at 221 Vine Street, will offer an organic garden tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors will learn about sustainable gardening and lawn care, eco-friendly mowing, composting, native plants, a rain garden and an urban beehive.

Follow the Yellowstone Trail out of Hudson to Hwy. 12 and stop at My Sisters' Garden and Willow River Tree Farm at 850 Kelly Road. A variety of activities are planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. My Sister's Garden will offer a free heirloom stock plant, specials on vegetable plants and refreshments. There will be salad greens tasting from 2 to 3 p.m. Willow River Tree Company will present a Lumberjack Show at 1 and 2:30 p.m.

*The Octagon House Museum will be open for tours from 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy an hour long guided tour of the Victorian-era Octagon House Museum complex. Admission: $7 adults, $3 students, $2 children, and under 5 free with an adult.

*Visitors can participate in a scavenger hunt drive along the Yellowstone Trail. Clues in the Yellowstone Trail special insert of the Hudson Star-Observer will take you on a drive along the Trail from Hudson to Hammond. Spot some local landmarks, explore the Trail, and experience Wisconsin heritage. Inserts will be available at the Yellowstone Trail information booth on June 1 or year round at the Hudson Area Chamber and the Octagon House Museum.

Yellowstone Trail Heritage Days information is available at Hudsonwi or look for St Croix County Yellowstone Trail on Facebook.

See the Yellowstone Trail insert in this week's Star-Observer (section D) for a complete schedule of activities and more details on the above-mentioned events.