Autumn Pioneer Festival in Belvidere Sept. 28-29

Staff Report

BELVIDERE, Ill. — The Boone County Conservation District in Belvidere, Ill., will be holding the 32nd Annual Autumn Pioneer Festival Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, at the Roger Gustafson Nature Center and Festival Grounds, 603 N. Appleton Road, Belvidere, Ill.

Travel back to the 1800s and learn about the lifestyles and crafts of the day. Watch a blacksmith working at his forge, talk to voyageurs, settlers and buckskinners. Explore a wigwam in the Native American area, visit two authentic 1800s log cabins, a one-room schoolhouse and five ethnic gardens. Enjoy the sights as you tour the grounds on a horse-drawn wagon. Learn to throw a tomahawk, use a cross-cut saw and play old-time games. Listen to live music throughout the day. Sample apple butter and bean soup cooked over an open fire. Food vendor offerings include prairie chicken, pioneer fries, buffalo stew, pie and ice cream, doughnuts, popcorn, old-fashioned root beer and lemonade.

Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday.

Friday, Sept. 27, is School Day. From 9 a.m. to noon, the festival will be open to area public and private schools and homeschooled groups as well as senior groups by appointment only.

Contact the Boone County Conservation District at (815) 547-7935 or visit for more details.

Posted Sept. 25, 2013

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