Grand Marsh festival in Indiana

August 17, 2018

Daily Journal staff report

Indiana’s Kankakee River Historical Society will hold its 11th annual Aukiki River Festival Aug. 25-26 at Baum’s Bridge Road and the Kankakee River, southwest of Kouts, Ind., and Indiana Route 8.

The festival is a fundraiser for the society’s continuing effort to restore the historic Collier Lodge at Baum’s Bridge, one of the few surviving hunting lodge buildings of the now largely vanished Grand Marsh of the Kankakee.

The event will feature historic re-enactments focusing on the Grand Marsh’s Native American residents, early European explorers, trappers and settlers. There will be muzzleloader gun demonstrations, quilting, music and dance, craft demonstrations and much more, including Native American and Civil War encampments.

Admission will be $3; free for ages 12 and younger. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 26.

The Collier Lodge is on South Baum’s Bridge Road, about 2 miles south of Indiana Route 8, and about 7 miles east of Hebron, Ind. It is about 53 miles from Kankakee through Lowell and Hebron. It also can be reached via Illinois Route 114 east of Momence to Indiana Route 10 to Wheatfield, Ind., then north on county roads to Baum’s Bridge.

For more information, visit kankakeevalleyhistoricalsociety.org or call 219-766-2302.

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