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September 11th, 2015

While we’ll be at the Stone’s Trace Pioneer Festival all day tomorrow (Saturday), don’t forget the event goes on the whole weekend, and offers a lot of attractions. It runs from 10-5 Saturday and Sunday (at the junction of US 33 and SR 5, south of Ligonier), and I’m told we’ll be set up at the Stone’s Trace Tavern with our books. But there’s a lot more going on than a book signing:

Johnny Appleseed will be wandering around telling stories, and the Stone family itself will be at the Tavern (as represented by the Theater 33 drama group).

There’ll be a bagpiper, Punch and Judy puppet show, pioneer games, and face painting, and continuous entertainment onstage. It’s all for an admission of only $5, with kids 12 and under free.

The Stone’s Trace Regulators will be showing off their skills with muzzle loading rifles, knife and tomahawk throwing, and old time archery. Not to be outdone, soldiers at the Civil War encampment will have a military field hospital that hopefully won’t be needed—even though they’ll be firing off cannon over the weekend.

The Village Blacksmith Shop will do their thing with iron forging, and you can find blanket traders in the rendezvous reenactment camp.

Handmade pre-1870 era wares will be for sale at the pioneer craft booths, while food vendors fill your belly and whet your whistle. Believe me, whistles are almost worthless if they don’t get whet from time to time. I’m thinking that Indian fry bread sounds awfully good, not to mention the pork burgers.

Just park at the West Noble Schools across the highway, and catch a free shuttle ride to the festival—and don’t forget to stop by and say hi to Emily and me. We’ll be the ones who won’t look very authentic compared to the people who know what they’re doing. Learn more on the Stone’s Trace Historical Society website:

http://www.stonestrace.com/festival.html
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