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2019 Kampsville Old Settlers Days

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Join the fun at the 39th Annual Kampsville Old Settlers Days on October 2-13, 2019 on the Kampsville Riverfront in Kampsville, Illinois. Kampsville Old Settlers Days depicts the life and times of the early settlers in Calhoun County. Pioneers crossed the Illinois prairie in covered wagons in the early 1800s and settled along the majestic scenic bluffs of the Illinois River bank, the setting for Old Settlers Days. That same Kampsville Riverfront comes to life each year on the second weekend in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kampsville Old Settlers Days, where teepees and tents will fill the park for a fun-filled weekend where we do honor to our past as we enjoy the present.

Public is Welcome – Free Admission

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Daily

Location
Kampsville Riverfront
Water Street
Kampsville, IL 62053

For more information: Call 618-381-4018; email kampsvilleoldsettlers@yahoo.com

Kampsville Old Settlers Days is held on the banks of the beautiful Illinois River and features both Mountain Men and Civil War encampments and primitive skills demonstrations throughout the weekend. These demonstration include activities such as soap making, blacksmithing, woodworking, flint knapping, jewelry making, bow building and karmel korn cooking in an iron kettle. There will be live entertainment each day from noon to 5:00 p.m., a fiddle contest and artisans and traders selling there wares..

Take a stroll through the Mountain Men area with its many authentic lodges (teepees), blanket traders offering ‘period’ goods, and continuous activities and primitive skills demonstrations.

Visit the Civil War encampment with soldiers in full uniform dress and the periodic firing of a canon across the Illinois River.

The Kampsville Old Settlers Days includes activities for all ages. Children can enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides, jewelry making, face-painting, old time pedal cars, and play in the children’s area. Moms and dads can shop the many craft booths offering a large variety of items.

A festival would’t be complete without lots of food! Kampsville Old Settlers Days offers festival favorites such as karmel korn, pork skins, sauerkraut/ brats, and potato chips are cooked in iron kettles. There will be plenty of delicious food from fish to French onion soup. Pork chops, chicken and dumplings, hot dogs, ham and beans, fried apples, fried pies, rib eyes, kabobs, biscuits/ gravy, chili, ice cream, and lots of tasty baked goods are among many of the foods that can be washed down with lemonade or homemade root beer–and don’t forget to grab a turkey leg or buffalo burger. Buy a bag of Calhoun apples, homemade apple butter, or a jar of freshly made jams and jellies.

Take a carriage ride around the historic village. Stop by the Calhoun Historical tent to see Calhoun as it once was.

There’s a lot to see and learn about history here. While in town, visit the Kampsville Center for American Archeology Museum, McCully Heritage Project, Stonebridge Valley Art Gallery, and the many flea markets.

Tags: Kampsville Old Settlers Days, Mountain Man Encampment, Voyageur Rendezvous, Civil War Encampment, Kampville Rendezvous, Kampsville Voyageur Rendezvous, Illinois Voyageur Rendezvous

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Kampsville Old Settlers Days on the second weekend of October at the Kampsville Riverfront in Kampsville, Illinois.

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