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Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Historical Festival, Sept. 22-23

Feast of the Hunter's Moon

Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, Sept. 22-23. Photo provided by the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and used with written permission.

By Kathy Atwell
Tippecanoe County Historical Association

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association of Lafayette, Indiana, in cooperation with the Tippecanoe County Parks and Recreation Department, will be sponsoring the 45th annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon on September 22-23, 2012.  The “Feast” derives its name from the moon cycles of the Miami Indian calendar, and is held annually along the banks of the Wabash River in the fall during the phase of the “Hunters’ Moon.”  Considered by many to be the “must see” event of the year, the Feast represents the time of homecoming, feasting, dancing and celebrating from the earliest days of historic Fort Ouiatenon.  Ouiatenon was built in 1717 and then burned to the ground in 1791.  Eighteenth century music, crafts, dance and life ways of the outpost’s original inhabitants are recreated as the fort comes alive once again at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon this fall.  Over 40 different recreated period foods, including buffalo, Scottish meat pies, and pork chops, will put the “feast” in the Feast!

Education is a strong focus of the event.  Seven different arenas and stages plus numerous locations on the 30 acres of festival grounds feature outstanding performances by musicians, interpreters, military re-enactors and Native American groups.  Several activities for children, including candle dipping, butter churning, costume try-on, bead crafts and an area where children learn to trade for goods like their 18th century counterparts did, offer multiple opportunities for young people to have fun!  The Feast also offers two special days the Thursday and Friday before the event that are set aside for area school children.

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association offers several different family value packages and discounted tickets if purchased in advance.  Advance single day tickets are $25.00 per family (2 adults and up to 4 children), $10.00 for adults, and $5.00 for children ages 4-16.  Children under the age of 4 are free.  Tickets may be ordered online at www.tippecanoehistory.org beginning July 1st, or at various retail outlets in the Lafayette area, including Payless and Kroger Supermarkets in the Lafayette area, Regions Bank, Purdue Federal, Farmers State Bank, Lafayette Bank and Trust, and all Tippecanoe County Historical Association sites.

The Feast is in September this year, due to Purdue University’s home football schedule.

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