Autumn Pioneer Festival


Friday, September 21, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018


Boone County Conservation District, 603 N Appleton Rd, Belvidere, Illinois


9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Travel back to the 1800’s in Illinois and learn about the lifestyles and crafts of the day. Learn about Illinois from its time as the Northwest Territory, then Illinois Territory and finally statehood. Explore a wigwam in the Native American area to learn about tribes that inhabited Northern Illinois, visit two authentic 1800’s log cabins and a one room schoolhouse. Talk to voyageurs, buckskinners and settlers. Watch a blacksmith working at his forge. Enjoy the sights as you tour the grounds on a horse drawn wagon. Learn to throw a tomahawk, use a cross cut saw and play old time games. Listen to live music featuring popular songs of the 1800’s. Sample apple butter cooked over an open fire. Food vendor offerings include prairie chicken, pioneer fries, buffalo stew, pie and ice cream, doughnuts, popcorn, old fashioned root beer and lemonade.
A special Presentation to celebrate the bicentennial of Illinois statehood will include-An evening with the Lincolns on Friday, September 21, 7-9pm at the Spencer Park Pavilion. Join Mary Todd Lincoln as she reminisces on Illinois in the 1840’s and her husband’s first appointment in Washington City. Mr. Lincoln will look back on his life in Illinois and Washington.
These are just a few of the many fun activities offered at the festival. Admission is free. Donations cheerfully accepted.
Autumn Pioneer Festival hours:
Friday, September 21- 7pm-9pm- An evening with the Lincolns
Saturday, September 22- 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 23- 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost of Admission: $Free

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