Thursday, August 23, 2012

Prairie Days!

You are invited to Prairie Days! Don’t miss out on this awesome historical event! Prairie Days is right around the corner with extended hours for 2012.

The festival will be held Saturday, September 29th, from 10am-5pm and Sunday, September 30th, from 12pm-5pm. Come enjoy a weekend celebrating prairies and the pioneer way of life! See apple butter being made over the fire, play children’s pioneer games, compete in foot races and seed-spitting contests, view local artists’ works, listen to and enjoy live music and entertainment.

This year we will have performances by The Darke County Civic Theatre on Saturday at 11am and 3pm and again on Sunday at 3pm. Enjoy the Truest Lies Ever Told from a wandering Longhunter on Saturday at 4pm. The Mountain Dulcimer Society of Dayton will delight with a performance at 12pm on Sunday. Between performances, sit-a-spell with our 200-year-old pioneer volunteers in the Log House or try your hand at candle-making, tinsmithing and more! Take a stroll through the 18th century encampment and watch a tomahawk and knife throwing competition. Be careful as you are walking around the festival as the town Sheriff may lock you up!

And what is a festival without food?! Participate in a pie-baking or pie-eating contest. Take a load off as you enjoy fresh produce from Downing’s Fruit Farm or visit one of the many non-profit vendors. Try your luck at the annual basket raffle, and so much more! We hope to see you for this weekend of at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 St. Rt. 502 West, where admission and parking are FREE!

For more information, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at

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