DOOR VILLAGE — The 27th Door Village Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8, at Scipio Township Park at 3501 W. Joliet Road.
There is no admission charge to attend the festival; however, there is a $3 parking fee. All proceeds from the festival go to improving and maintaining the park.
On the morning of Sept. 7, the VFW will present an Opening Flag-Raising Ceremony to recognize all branches of the military service. The Michiana Antique Auto Club’s Antique Automobile, Truck, and Tractor Show and Parade will again return on Sept. 7.
Grandma’s Parlor will feature demonstrations of hand-made crafts of yesteryear while Grandpa’s Woodshed will demonstrate such skills as wood carving and wood working. Grandpa’s Barnyard will include a variety of farm animals and llamas to entertain children, and kids will also have the opportunity to have their faces painted. The Collector’s Corner will show collections of memorabilia, including military and agricultural. A variety of craft vendors will also be included.
The Horse and Wagon Tours of History narrated by Bruce Johnson and driven by Tammy Heinen and her horses will continue on both days of the festival. Participants will learn facts about Historic Door Village including the early settlers, the 1832 Fort of the Blackhawk War, Parkinson’s La Porte/Valparaiso Stage Coach, the New York/Chicago Electric Air Line Railroad, and many local homes and businesses of the past and present.
Saturday morning will feature the annual Pancake Breakfast, and Sunday will be the Pork Chop Dinner. A variety of foods will be available from local vendors at the Food Court as well as the homemade baked goods from the Country Bake Shop. There will also be old-fashioned baked beans and ham as well as chicken and noodles on Saturday.
Sunday at 1:30 p.m. will feature the annual Living Cemetery Tour when actors portray people who are buried in the 1834 Door Village Cemetery. At their gravestones, citizens from the past will share their stories researched and written La Porte County Historian, Fern Eddy Schultz.
People of all ages will again enjoy walking through the Pioneer Village encampment of 1832 and the Civil War Camp visiting with reenactors dressed in clothes of the era as they share and demonstrate equipment commonly used at that time in history.
Entertainers will include Phil and Dustin Anderson, Homemade Jamm, the Good Timing Barbershop Quartet, Folk Grass and a group that is new to the festival called The Time Travelers.