The Gilfillan Farm located between Redwood Falls and Morgan, has a bit of a new look these days, as the pavilion on the site was expanded to better serve those utilizing the site.


That expansion of what is now known as Tauer Pavilion, is being celebrated this Sunday when the Friends of Gilfillan and the Redwood County Historical Society host an open house and ribbon cutting.


 

The Gilfillan Farm located between Redwood Falls and Morgan, has a bit of a new look these days, as the pavilion on the site was expanded to better serve those utilizing the site.

That expansion of what is now known as Tauer Pavilion, is being celebrated this Sunday when the Friends of Gilfillan and the Redwood County Historical Society host an open house and ribbon cutting.

According to Mel Tauer, who has worked for the past few years to make the expansion a reality, the need to have more indoor space was evident.

“We had wedding groups bringing in tents, because there just wasn’t enough room,”?he said, adding he thinks the expansion should certainly address that issue.

The expansion more than doubled the size and the capacity of the facility, which can now seat 400 people.

“It’s big enough for your kids’ wedding,”?Tauer said with a smile.

The open house is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with a Dad’s Belgian Waffles feed.

The meal is $6 for adults in advance and $7 at the door Sunday (kids five and under are free).

The meal is available until 1 p.m. Sunday.

At 12:30 p.m. a ribbon cutting ceremony is going to take place with dignitaries, such as Sen. Dennis Freder-ickson and Rep. Marty Seifert invited to attend.

Jan Basballe, a member of the Friends of Gilfillan, said those two state legislators helped get a bill passed that made the expansion of the facility easier to accomplish. The Friends certainly appreciate their efforts.

Lorrain Tauer, president of the Friends of Gilfillan, said the work on the facility expansion began this past September, and while there were a few things left to do as of Monday afternoon the majority of the work is going to be finished in time for the open house Sunday.

The Tauers who donated a substantial amount for the facility, did so because they believe in the value of the Gilfillan Farm.

For the past 15 years Mel said the Gilfillan Farm has really been like a home, and he wants to ensure people continue to come to the site to learn more about an important part of Redwood County’s history.

The Gilfillan Farm does have a few weekends open for those who might want to rent the site, and it has 24 full hook-up campsites.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Basballe at (507) 249-3633. Camping reservations can be made by calling (507)?249-3838.