Fort Massac Encampment is Oct. 21-22

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Saturday-Sunday, October 21-22, 2017
43rd Annual Fort Massac Encampment
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Sat.  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sun.  9:00 am. – 5:00 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.

Enjoy period foods such as candy, caramel corn, root beer, turkey legs, and so much more in the food court area.

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. 21

  • 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, Puppet Show & 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. 22

  • 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.