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Kankakee Valley Historical Society hosts 6th annual Aukiki River Festival this weekend

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What happens when you bring together some of Northwest Indiana’s finest historical re-enactors, musicians, and a long summer day outdoors? The Aukiki River Festival at the historic Collier Lodge on Baum’s Bridge Road, August 24th and 25th. Great old time music, historical encampments with hands-on activities, children’s crafts, and much more are part of a summer weekend along the banks of the Kankakee River.

Experience life as it was, with over 350 years of history re-enacted. Interact with re-enactors at the French-Indian War, Native American, French Voyageur, Fur Trapper/Trader, Civil War and Pioneer encampments. Shop trade blankets, Traders’ Row and Collier’s General Store. Relax and enjoy period food, including bison burgers and wild rice cranberry soup, while listening to the musical sounds of the Trois Canards, Susan & Gary Brown and Trilly Cole. Demonstrations and activities fill the weekend—blacksmith, trap and skeet shoot, black powder, flint knapping, paddle making, quilting, spinning, fabric dying, children’s crafts and much more.

Saturday events include trade skits mid-morning and a historic fashion show at 2:30pm.

Sunday at 11am and 2:30pm Andre’ St Pierre, 18th Century Story Teller will entertain visitors.

There is no charge for this family friendly event. Donations will be heartily accepted for the restoration of the historic Collier Lodge. Handicap parking available. For information and directions go to www.kankakevalleyhistoricalsociety.org or call 219-766-2302.

Kankakee Valley Historical Society hosts 6th annual Aukiki River Festival August 24, 9 am – 4pm and August 25, 10am-4pm, 1097 Baum’s Bridge Road, Kouts, Indiana.


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