Pioneer Crafts Festival        September 6th and 7th, 2014

Fun for all ages! Come and enjoy continuous family entertainment and historical reenactment of early American life in a rural, small town Indiana atmosphere of friendly folks. Non-stop perfomances on stage daily are included in admission. Including CLOGGING, DULCIMER, BANJO & FIDDLE PLAYING, FOLK SINGING and other stage attractions of the pre-1870's. More entertainment at the Matchbox Puppet Theater. You are invited to participate too, wearing clothing typical of early America ranging in time from pre-history to 1870.

  • Barter or buy from the blanket traders in the rendezvous reenactment camp.
  • Watch the Stone's Trace Regulators demonstrate "black powder" shooting skills, primitive archery, and the Mountain Man Aggregate (a primitive skills rendezvous event including expertise with black powder and flintlock shooting skills, flint and steel fire starting, and tomahawk and knife throwing competition).
  • Walk through the 44th Indiana and 50th Virginia Civil War encampments with General Henry Heth. Learn how the soldiers lived. Check out the Military Field Hospital & Sanitary Commision and the medicine wagon. Watch as the soldiers load and fire the cannon.
  • Visit the village blacksmith shop to witness the tools and techniques of forging iron.
  • Young guests have the opportunity to participate in youth-oriented, pioneer games and learning activities, including face painting.
  • Stop and talk to Johnny Appleseed who will be strolling through the festival area telling stories and passing out "purty stones".
  • Interact with West Noble High School's Theater 33 drama group representing the Stone family living in Stone's Trace Tavern.
  • Listen to Mark Gropp play the bagpipes and march with him to the flag raising and lowering at the opening and close of each day.
  • Shop at the pioneer craft booths. Wares on sale are hand-made and are of the pre-1870 era.

There are plenty of food and drink vendors. There is some bench seating available in front of the open air stage, but, if you have them, it's a good idea to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on while enjoying the continuous entertainment. FREE parking is at West Noble Schools across Highway 33 with FREE shuttle bus transportation to and from the festival.
Admission $5 per person.      Children age 12 and under - FREE.      Yes, the grounds and facilities are handicap accessible.      NO PETS.

Food Booths
  • Ham and Beans
  • Apple Fritters
  • Pork Rinds
  • Caramel Corn
  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Indian Fry Bread
  • Pork Burgers
  • Pie
  • Root Beer
  • Lemonade/Sassafras Tea
  • Chocolate Candy
Children's Activities
  • Pony Wagon Rides
  • Candle Dipping
  • Pioneer Games
  • Rope-making
  • Face Painting
  • Corn Husk Dolls
  • Stick Horse Races
  • Puppet Show
  • Straw Maze 
Crafts
  • Brick Oven Baking
  • Sheep Shearing
  • Chair Caning
  • Natural Dyeing
  • Basket Making
  • Wood Carving
  • Leather Tooling
  • Candle Dipping
  • Blacksmithing
  • Porcelain Painting
  • Broom Making

 

  • Dulcimers
  • Folk Toys
  • Spinning
  • Weaving
  • Quilting
  • Straw Weaving
  • Pottery
  • Herbs
  • Rug Hooking
  • Rug Weaving
  • Bee Keeping
SPECIAL EVENTS
  • Stone's Trace Regulators
  • Muzzle Loading Shooting Skills
  • Women's Skillet Throw
  • Tomahawk & Knife Throwing Competition
  • Blacksmith
  • Women on the Frontier

NOTE: The 2014 Cromwell Citizen's Ball will be held on...... TBA.


Thank you !!! ... to our sponsors, supporters and associates... 

Dekko Foundation

G. Martin Kenny Foundation


Noble County REMC / A Touchstone Energy Cooperative

Jennie Thompson Foundation

 




James Townsend & Son Inc

Burnworth Zollars, Inc

Noble County Indiana Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ligonier Telephone Company

Ligonier Chamber of Commerce

Future Ligonier Alliance

City of Ligonier Indiana

Campbell & Fetter Bank

Fashion Farm / Countryscapes & Gardens

Yeager Funeral Home

Radio Shack/Ligonier Electronics

Metzger Dairy, Inc.

Old Jail Museum

Gene Stratton-Porter Memorial Society

Rendezvous Ohio 
Reenactor information & print publication

John's Realty

Moore Boats

Menards, Inc




 

Stump's Restoration & Collision

Roger Schermerhorn Family

Cromwell-Kimmel Lions

Brimfield Lions

Ligonier Lions

Rome City Lions

Wolf Lake Lions

Wolf Lake General Store

Ladybugs Home Demonstration Club

Mildred Champion Family

Jim Carper

Craig Bertram

Gable Schrock Construction

Tony Heffner

Gramling Family

Fisher Insurance/Able Realty

Dr. Kenneth Cripe, DO

Freedom Wire Inc, Cromwell Indiana

Old Shed Embroidery

Tom Wigent, Atty at Law

D&B Enterprises

Union Products International

Roger Transport, LLC
 

Cromwell Masonic Lodge

Dorothy Walker

All Printing and Publications

Best Western - Kendallville

Ed Blinn / Bankview Farms

Frick Lumber Company

Pete Ness Family

Olive B. Cole Foundation