Appleseed stopped by Prairie Days to pass out apples to children
and tell stories.
Prairie Days a Success
The 2016 Prairie Days festival hosted by Darke County Parks was a
booming success. With 4,500 attendees and good weather throughout the
weekend, Prairie Days proved itself again as an annual favorite of
local and not so local families alike. New this year were the Darke
County Dulcimer and Folk Music Society taking their turn on the stage,
sorghum juice boiling in the sugar shack, and a broom maker
demonstrating the historic craft and selling his wares.
Along with presenting an extremely well received black powder firing
demonstration, expert gunsmith Lee Wise presented a completed replica
of Tecumseh’s rifle to the Darke County Park District. The rifle will
be displayed in the growing Tecumseh room in the Nature Center.
As with every year, 2016 included food, crafts, historical
demonstrations, the late 18th century encampment, and live stage
entertainment throughout the weekend. Apple butter again was among the
demonstrations, and it is still available in the nature center gift
shop for $5 a pint. T-shirts to commemorate the annual weekend event
are also still available for $10-$13 (youth and adult sizes available).
From the apple butter to the general store and the craft tent to the
parking lots, Prairie Days would not be possible without the help of
volunteers. The park district staff and commissioners would like to
thank the 160 volunteers who put in over 1,200 hours to make this
year’s festival great! On Saturday, the park provided a picnic style
lunch for all the volunteers on the grounds, and they would like to
thank all the businesses and individuals who donated for the meal. If
you are interested in joining the ranks of such a wonderful and
dedicated group of individuals, join the parks for their volunteer open
house on January 14th at 2pm or give the nature center a call sooner at
Mark your calendars now for next year’s Prairie Days September 23rd and
24th, 2017, and join in the fun, free, educational, family tradition
for years to come.
See a complete CNO 134 photo-set of the 2016 Prairie Days at the Community
Events Photo Gallery