Historical Encampment at Prairie Days

Once again this year’s Prairie Days Festival at Shawnee Prairie Preserve will feature a historical encampment with a plethora of entertaining characters from the distant past. Near the sugar shack, Tom Franklin will give an interpretation of David Conner, pioneer fur trader and Indian agent, and he will also have a cross cut saw demonstration. The historical encampment will feature long hunters, trappers, and blanket traders all dressed in period correct clothing and accouterments. Those participating the in the encampment will take part in a historical skill competition on Saturday at 1pm and a tomahawk and knife throwing competition on Sunday at 2pm. The encampment will also feature a muzzle loader display in the lean-to including firearms from the 1790s through the early 19th century.

Come talk with the historical interpreters and enjoy all the other fun, educational, and family friendly activities at the 2016 Prairie Days festival, September 24th from 10am to 5pm and September 25th from 12pm to 5pm. The event has plenty of free parking and free admission. For questions or more information, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.


Photo Caption: A pair of long hunters debate over a fair price for a powder horn.