History and fun at 26th annual Door Village Festival

September 5, 2018

DOOR VILLAGE — The 26th Door Village Harvest Festival will be this weekend, and many of the favorite features of the annual event will be returning.

On Saturday morning, the V.F.W. will present an Opening Ceremony to recognize all branches of the military. The Antique Automobile and Tractor Show and Parade will follow.

Old-time charm is the theme Grandma’s Parlor, featuring demonstrations of hand-made crafts from yesteryear, while Grandpa’s Woodshed will show off skills such as wood carving and wood working. Grandpa’s Barnyard will include a variety of farm animals to delight children and kids will also have the opportunity for Pony Rides, and have their faces painted by Clowning Attractions.

The Collector’s Corner will show collections of memorabilia from military to agriculture, while a wide variety of craft vendors will be selling their wares.

The popular Horse and Wagon Tours of History, narrated by Bruce Johnson and driven by Tammy Heinen and her horses, will continue on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will learn about the fascinating history of Historic Door Village, including the 1832 Fort, the Air Line Railroad, and many local homes and businesses of the past and present.

There will be plenty of good food, including a Saturday morning Pancake Breakfast, and Sunday’s Pork Chop Dinner. A variety of foods will be available from local vendors at the Food Court, as well as homemade baked goods from the Country Bake Shop.

History buffs can also take a walk through the Pioneer Village encampment of 1832, and the Civil War Camp, with re-enactors dressed in clothes of the era as sharing and demonstrating artifacts commonly used at that time in history. The Potawatomi Village will feature local people in traditional Native American garb demonstrating life skills and historical artifacts.

Entertainment will include Cripple Creek performing a variety of Country and Gospel music tunes on Sunday. Other entertainers who will be featured during the weekend will be Phil and Dustin Anderson, Homemade Jamm, the Good Timing Barbershop Quartet, and a group that is new to the festival called Folk Grass.

The Door Village Festival will be Saturday and Sunday at Scipio Township Park at 3501 W. Joliet Road. There is no admission charge to attend, but there is a parking fee. All proceeds from the festival go to improving and maintaining the park.

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