Fort Massac Encampment is Oct. 15-16

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Saturday-Sunday, October 15-16, 2016
43rd Annual Fort Massac Encampment
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun. 9 am. – 5 p.m.

The people and activities of the Encampment give a general picture of the area from roughly 1750 to the early 1800s.  Included are colorful sights, tantalizing smells, fabulous tastes and stirring music. Historical re-enactors and skilled craftspeople gather at the Encampment to demonstrate the skills and lifestyles of early residents in this area.

Participants in the Encampment include French, British, Colonial, Spanish and other military units; buck skinners and traders who dealt in the exploration and fur trade of the early territory; Native Americans; music groups; crafters and food vendors; and others. Re-enactor groups represent different time periods and areas in early Illinois history, and all groups that camp stay in tents or teepees that are historically accurate for the time period and people represented by that group.

Battle re-enactments will again be held in the valley area where authentically garbed troops face off in the Battle of Drouillard Creek.

Saturday,  Oct. 15
10:00 am
: Posting of Colours at old fort area
10:30 am: 42nd Royal Highlanders Bagpipe Band at main event arena
10:30 am – 4 pm: Storytellers, Face Painting & Magic Show, at children’s area by museum
11:00 am – 3 pm: Music of 18th Century by  various entertainers
11:30 am: Voyageurs canoe landing at riverfront
12:30 p.m.: Children’s activities at main event area
1:00 pm: Fashion Show at small stage
3:00 pm: Mock Battle and Military Tactical Demonstration,
5:00 pm: Military Retreat Closing  Ceremony at Forts

Sunday,  Oct. 16th
9:00 am
: Church Service
10:00 am: Posting of Colours at forts
10:30 am: 42nd Royal Highlanders Bagpipe Band at parade grounds
10:30 am – 4 pm: Storytellers, Face Painting and Magic Show at children’s area by museum
11:00 am – 3 pm: Music of 18th Century performed by various entertainers
11:30 am: Voyageurs canoe landing at riverfront
12:30 p.m.: Children’s activities at main event area
1:00 pm: Fashion Show, at small stage
3:00 pm: Mock Battle and Military Tactical Demonstration, at battlefield
4:30 pm: Military Retreat Closing Ceremony at old fort area

Parking and shuttle service will be offered in the open field area next to the park’s Trout Pond on 5th Street across from Sonic.

For more information, call Fort Massac State Park at 618-524-4712 or visit the Metropolis Tourism website or Facebook page.

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