Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Prairie Days!

You are invited to Prairie Days! Don’t miss out on this awesome historical event to be held on Saturday, September 27th, from 10am-5pm and Sunday, September 28th, 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 11:00 am and 3:00 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm. The Thien Snipps will perform on Saturday at 1:00pm. Sunday enjoy back-to-back musical performances from Roger DeMange at 12:00pm and the Silver Grass Band at 1:30pm. 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. And what is a festival without food?! Take a load off as you enjoy fresh produce from Downing’s Fruit Farm or visit one of the many non-profit vendors serving a wide variety of foods for lunch, snacks and more! Food options will include “prairie dogs,” french fries, walking tacos and much more! Participate in a pie-baking contest. Be sure to try your luck at the annual basket raffle before you leave!

We hope to see you next weekend at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 St. Rt. 502 West, where admission and parking are FREE! Transportation from the main parking areas will once again be provided by Greenville Transit System (GTS). Parking areas will be well marked with plenty of signage. This will make getting to and from the parking area to the festival grounds quick, effective and safe for all family members. Handicap parking will once again be held in the paved lot at the Nature Center (please be sure to have your Handicap Placard visible).

For more information, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org

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