Come celebrate history during the inaugural YesterBoone event Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 hosted by the Boone County Historical Society. The event consists of 26 venues across Boone County hosting an array of history based performances, vintage gourmet, collections and fixed-exhibits. Venues participating in the event will have official YesterBoone signage.

Exhibitors will be featured in a guidebook with event times venues and details. Admittance into the venues to view the YesterBoone exhibits is free to the public. The public is also encouraged to vote for their favorite exhibitor, to vote for exhibits and presentations of history, individuals must register to vote at a showcase venue.

Over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded on Oct. 1, which will be given out during the awards presentation at noon.

Some of the prizes include $1,000 for Best Venue, $1,000 for Best in Show for exhibitors along with $500 first place prizes in each of the three main categories along with a $1000 Hy-Vee Vintage Gourmet award. Plus, there is a Poppy Award for military history presenters, which offers an additional chance to win a $250 prize.

“How this works differently than any other event that happens in Boone is that we do not hire someone to come in and set this all up or pay people to come and do their thing. Unless there is a sponsor they (exhibitors) come on their own and they pay a fee… to set-up shop in any business, historical home, museum, non-profit or green space,” Executive Director Mara MacKay said.

Some of the exhibitors for performances, collections and exhibits include: WWII Homefront Efforts at the Boone City Hall, Photography exhibited by Rich Abrahamson at the Dutch Oven Bakery, Teddy Roosevelt from “Bully” exhibited by the Boone Community Theatre at the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, Bicycles “New & Old” exhibited by Bob Anderson at Flat Tire Lounge and many more. Hyvee Vintage Gourmet and Mike's BBQ Contest will also be a part of the event.

“They drop off their entree (exhibit) and they'll be judged by some of the professors and members up at DMACC,” MacKay said of the Vintage Gourmet contest. “We added the Mike's BBQ contest, Mike Elsberry has been one of the main organizers of the contest in the past. We decided it would be a nice exhibit feature, it's a little bit of a different component.”

She said a great team has been one of the keys to the organization and success of the event.

“Donna Cottington cannot be neglected, Donna is the co-chair of this. She is working along side of myself. We have a lot of strong board members that have been backing it. It's definitely a team effort, we have had a lot of people step up and take parts of it,” MacKay said.

She said they have reached their goal of about 50 exhibitors.

“It's the first time in all of America that there is an open creative platform for everything history. So, not just the pioneers history, railroad history or renaissance history,” MacKay said. “The best way to think about it is it's the Sturgis of History, so everybody brings their history, has this experience together around history and a conversation about why it is important.

“We are really happy for the community support we have had and people are genuinely excited to see this (event). History is a uniter that brings us all together.”