BELVIDERE, Illinois — The Boone County Conservation District in Belvidere, Illinois, will hold the 33rd Annual Autumn Pioneer Festival Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, at the Roger Gustafson Nature Center and Festival Grounds at 603 N. Appleton Road, Belvidere, Illinois. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday.
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.
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, donuts, popcorn, old-fashioned root beer and lemonade.
Contact the Boone County Conservation District at (815) 547-7935 or www.bccdil.org for more details.
Posted Sept. 24, 2014