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Indiana Territory Festival

William Henry Harrison, Squire Boone and Dr. Benjamin Adams will be in Corydon this weekend ‘ well, actors portraying them will be here ‘ for the first ‘Indiana Territory Festival: The Making of a State.’
Nathan Logsdon of Corydon is spearheading the festival that replaces the Old Capital Days and Old Settlers Day festivals.
Reenactors are coming from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois and North Carolina, he said.
Logsdon, a Corydon historian and reenactor, has scheduled 2-1/2 days of events to showcase Indiana history from 1808 to 1825.
Most of the events will take place next to the Grand Trails RV Park on South Mulberry Street along the banks of Little Indian Creek. The exceptions are the Flags Over Corydon interpretation, which takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. at the municipal parking lot at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Poplar Street, and the Signing of the First State Constitution, at 2 p.m. on the town square.
‘I think Nathan hit on a great idea,’ said Dennis Mann, who serves on the Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau and owns Grand Trails RV Park. (Logsdon said Mann asked him to come up with a festival idea.) ‘We have a ton of people coming in.’
Reenactors will begin setting up camp on Friday, and some merchants, who offer period-correct items, will be open for business, Logsdon said.
The festival officially opens at 10 a.m. Saturday with a flag-raising ceremony and welcoming comments.
Presentations take place on the hour after that, although the length of each event will vary, Logsdon said.
Sunday’s activities begin with a traditional church service at 10 a.m. Vic Zarley of Mauckport, from Opening Windows Ministries, will lead the service. Worshipers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Logsdon said the service should last about an hour.
At 11:30 a.m., there will be a Native American Children’s Program that will give children the chance to ask a reenactor questions about Native Americans.
Repeat presentations of many of Saturday’s events round out the day.
On Monday, July 4, a historical duel takes place at 11 a.m., followed by closing ceremonies at noon.
Besides scheduled events, visitors can view the camp and drills daily, and there will be demonstrations of blacksmithing, woodworking, butter churning and other crafts.
Logsdon said parking will be limited at the Indian Creek Antique Shop and Grand Trails RV Park. Municipal lots, along with street parking, are within walking distance.
Food and drinks will be available at the Antique Shop, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.
Besides replacing the Fourth of July festivals, Logsdon said the Making of a State festival is designed to provide hands-on education and experience to the general public, for free, through the art of living history, and to draw tourists and interest to historic Corydon and bring increased commerce to downtown business.
Logsdon is already working on next year’s festival.
‘I have a period-correct food vendor lined up,’ he said.
For more information about the festival, contact Logsdon at 1-812-457-7451 or visit online TourIndiana.com.
Festival sponsors include the Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Squire Boone Caverns and Village, Taylor-Rose Historical Outfitters, Grand Trails RV Park, Indian Creek Antique Shop, Indiana Historical Bureau, Sign Tech, Country Autumn Log Homes, Conrad Music Service, and Frazier Historical Arms Museum.
Others involved in making the festival happen include the Harrison County Arts Council, Friends of the Corydon Capitol, Opening Windows Ministries and Skurvy Dog Clan Reenacting Club.
Here is the schedule of events:
Friday
Camp set-up all day; some merchants open
Saturday
10 a.m. ‘ Opening ceremonies
11 a.m. ‘ William Henry Harrison presentation
Noon ‘ Dr. Benjamin Adams presentation
1 p.m. ‘ Flags Over Corydon Interpretation
2 p.m. ‘ Signing of the First State Constitution
4 p.m. ‘ Squire Boone presentation
5 p.m. ‘ Historical duel
Sunday
10 a.m. ‘ Traditional church service
11:30 a.m. ‘ Native American Children’s Program
1 p.m. ‘ Squire Boone presentation
2 p.m. ‘ Dr. Benjamin Adams presentation
3 p.m. ‘ William Henry Harrison presentation
4 p.m. ‘ Historical duel
Monday
Camp tear-down all day
11 a.m. ‘ Historical duel
Noon ‘ Closing ceremonies

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