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Kankakee Valley Historical Society to host river festival with County Parks

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Kankakee Valley Historical Society in partnership with Porter County Parks & Recreation presents the 7th annual Aukiki River Festival Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1097 Baumís Bridge Road in Kouts.

What happens when you bring together some of Northwest Indianaís finest historical re-enactors, musicians, and a long summer day outdoors? The Aukiki River Festival at the historic Collier Lodge presents great old time music, historical encampments with hands-on activities, childrenís crafts, and much more for 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 British encampments. Drop by the Pioneer school, shop trade blankets, Tradersí Row and Collierís General Store. Relax and enjoy period food, including 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, weaving, quilting, spinning, fabric dying, pewter casting, and childrenís crafts. There will be a trade skit Saturday afternoon and historic fashion show Sunday afternoon.

Admission is $3 for adults, children 12 and under are admitted free. Benefit for will restoration projects including historic Collier Lodge and Linden Cabin. Handicap parking is available.

For information and directions go to or call (219)-766-2302.


Posted 8/14/2014




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