Aukiki River Fest is a step into the past

PUBLISHED IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE AUGUST 20, 2015

Participants display what a pioneer encampment looked like at the Aukiki River Festival. (Kankakee Valley Historical Society / Handout)
Participants display what a pioneer encampment looked like at the Aukiki River Festival. (Kankakee Valley Historical Society / Handout)

The Kankakee Valley Historical Society will be hosting its eighth Aukiki River Festival on Aug. 22 and 23.

The Aukiki River Festival, which is sponsored by the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department, will feature over 35 encampments. These encampments will be similar to those of the Civil War and French and Indian War and will highlight British camps and French fur traders and canoe men.

“We have a lot of demonstrators and interactive entertainment,” said John Hodson, president and co-founder of the Kankakee Valley Historical Society. Exhibitions include knife-throwing and educational exhibits such as one where attendees can learn about red-tailed hawk with a live hawk in attendance.

“There is a lot of stuff to get involved with and interact with people,” Hodson said.

This year, the Aukiki River Festival will be adding an archery class. “The archery is what I am most excited about,” Hodson said.

“We have a fellow who will be teaching introduction to archery. It’s a class aimed for those ages 12-18. He comes in and teaches how to shoot.”

The Kankakee Valley Historical Society hosts the Aukiki River Festival as a fundraiser and a way to make people more aware of their other projects such as the Grand Kankakee Marsh Bridge restoration and the Linden Cabin history project.

Admission to the Aukiki River Festival is $3 for adults and free to children under 12.

Beth Casey is a freelance writer for the Post-Tribune .

Aukiki River Festival

When: Aug. 22-23

Where: Collier Lodge, 1097 Baums Bridge Road, Kouts

Admission: $3 adults, children under 12 free

Information: 219-766-2302 orKankakeevalleyhistoricalsociety.org

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