Date(s) - 05/19/2018 - 05/20/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grand Kankakee Marsh
The public is invited to participate in a new activity.
Peek into the lives of those who would have lived or traded along the waterways of the Midwest more than 250 years ago when the marshes were a source of valuable furs desired by merchant traders to take back to Europe. Meet Native Americans, French-Canadian canoe men, called Voyageurs, British and French militia, early settlers, and many others.
This is a family friendly event with lots of fun and interactive activities for the kids. Visit the Children’s Trading Post to find out more.
Event Highlights include Opening and Closing Ceremonies • Arrival of Voyageurs by canoe • Trade Session with the Native Americans • Storytelling • Tomahawk Throw • Fashion Show • Hot Food, Cold Sarsaparilla and more.
On Sunday the inaugural “Travelers’ Challenge Obstacle Course” is offered. Interested public, ages 16 or older, may sign up at the admission booth. At noon, 8 names will be drawn to compete in this challenge with the reenactors. The chosen names will be announced at the Stage Tent. The course will be simple, fun, and more mentally challenging than physical, however; contestants should be prepared to run or jog, depending on their leg of the race.
LCPRD Severe Weather Information: This is an outdoor program. Visitors need to be aware that weather conditions may change necessitating program adjustments. If weather conditions present a safety hazard it may be necessary to close the event. Refunds will not be issued.