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By Steven Spencer
Old Settlers Days returns to the Kampsville Riverfront this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Old Settlers Days depicts the life and times of the early settlers in Calhoun County,” event organizers said in a press release. “Pioneers crossed the Illinois prairie in covered wagons in the early 1800s and settled along the majestic scenic bluffs of the Illinois Riverbank.”
Re-enactors, crafters and demonstrators will recreate the 1800s on the riverfront where visitors can see soap making, pottery making, blacksmithing, bow building, flint knapping, old tool displays, woodworking, chainsaw carving and more.
From 12 to 4 p.m. Back in the Saddle will be performing on both days while families can enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides, face-painting and visit numerous vendors.
“This has got so many different things going on that it has a little of something for everybody,” past attendee Cheyenne Trambley said. “Touch it, see it, smell it, experience it, rather than just read it. That’s why this event is great. When you come out here and you see a lot of the handmade stuff that was made the same way it was in the 1800s, you get a greater understanding of what life was like back then.”