KOUTS | Kankakee Valley Historical Society will host the annual Aukiki River Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 1097 Baum's Bridge Road.
There will be historical re-enactors, musicians, historical encampments with hands-on activities, children's crafts and more.
Experience life as it was, with more than 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 will fill the weekend, including blacksmith, trap and skeet shoot, black powder, flint knapping, paddle making, quilting, spinning, fabric dying and children's crafts.
Saturday events include trade skits mid-morning and a historic fashion show at 2:30 p.m.
Storyteller Andy Talley will portray Andre' St Pierre, an 18th century French-Indian fur trader, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
There is no charge for this family-friendly event. Donations will be accepted for the restoration of the historic Collier Lodge.
Handicap parking is available. For information and directions, go to www.kankakevalleyhistoricalsociety.org or call (219) 766-2302.