TERRE HAUTE -- The Vigo County Park and Recreation Department will be celebrating its 36th annual Fowler Park Pioneer Days Oct. 4-5, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The public is invited to join staff and volunteers as they step back in time to enjoy a simpler way of life.
The village has grown to 16 log cabins, a log barn, smokehouse, and gristmill.
This year, Lauras Cabin and a new blacksmith shop were completed and will be open to visitors for the first time.
Lauras Cabin, originally located in Greene County, has an upstairs and both front and back porches. The blacksmith shop demonstrates the progression from hand-cranked air forges and bellows to coal and gas forges.
Approximately 150 Pioneer Village Folk and volunteers recreate the 1840s doing the same routine tasks and activities using the same methods and tools used by ancestors. Questions are always welcomed and expected as the weekend is designed as a learning experience. Hands-on activities are scattered around the village to encourage visitor participation.
Guest old-fashioned crafters, located on the south side of the village, demonstrate and sell crafts.
Among those being demonstrated include colonial ironwork, sewing leather, candle dipping, rug braiding, loom beading, necklace making, caramel corn and cider making and basket weaving.
For those who are hungry, food vendors will be located on the south side of the covered bridge by the shelter.
The Traders Market, in the field behind the shelter, will offer a variety of handcrafted items and locally grown orchard and farm products for sale.
In addition, local artists will be at the event, drawing or painting and selling artwork.
Wagon rides will be available for a small fee. Church services will take place in the log church at 9 a.m., Oct. 5.
Parking will cost $2. Fowler Park is south of Terre Haute on United States 41.
For more information, call 812-462-3392.