This Beautiful Inheritance: Small Town Life: Fort Lincoln Fest

Monday, April 29, 2013

Small Town Life: Fort Lincoln Fest

Saturday I took the girls to a festival in a neighboring small town. It's called Fort Lincoln Fest because of its proximity to a real Civil War fort. The town, located on the White River, was a hub for Union forces in 1863. Many soldiers and refugees called the town home during that time.

The third annual festival is part of a five-year collection of events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. It included live music, vendors, exhibits and trolley rides to Fort Lincoln.

my girls listening to the music

"Sonny Burgess & The Legendary Pacers"

my uncle driving his famous hearse-turned-recreational vehicle (pulling the trolley)

Unfortunately, I could not convince Eden to get on the trolley for fear it might go faster than 2 mph.
The event also included cannons being fired periodically, battle reenactments, and lots of folks dressed in period attire. You could even get dressed up yourself and have your picture made.

We, however, spent most of our time gazing in the Game and Fish aquarium and admiring our face paint.

We met up and hung out with two of my girls' little cousins while we were there. Isn't this one the cutest little butterfly model, ever?

Unfortunately, about this time, it started to rain. We did attempt to make one round through the exhibit hall first, but once you unbuckle the straps that tie my girls down... it's chaos. Since we couldn't pull our wagon inside, they were way too wild for me to read or observe much. So we just tried to get out quickly. We made it back to our vehicle just before the rain set in heavy and headed home. Overall, it was a nice morning, and my girls seemed to enjoy it.

I'm such a sucker for small town events. You'll find me at any one within arms reach, pulling a wagon and sporting a grin. Because there's nothing better than free, local fun.

A special thanks to the Arnold Family Foundation and all those that made Fort Lincoln Fest possible!

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