National Lakeshore Celebrates Annual Duneland Harvest Festival
Traditional music, food, and fun again highlight the Duneland Harvest Festival at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This free event runs from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20 at the Chellberg Farm.
A family friendly, atmosphere brings visitors back year after year to this 33-year old festival. Music, demonstrations, and traditional crafts revolve around a harvest time theme at a 19th century farm. Visitors can take tips from old-time farm life on reducing our impact on the land and lessening our energy use. Kids can enjoy some “unplugged” fun and old-fashioned games in the Chellberg Farmyard children’s corner.
Area farmers and artisans will display their wares and demonstrate crafts and traditional farming activities. Local music and dance groups will perform on stage and throughout the grounds while volunteers help bring the past to life. Come take a hay ride in the hay field. There will be food items and educational products available for purchase.
The festival is located at the national lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm on Mineral Springs Road in Porter, Indiana and is presented by the National Park Service in partnership with the Friends of Indiana Dunes, Inc. With the exception of service animals, pets are not permitted on festival grounds. For more information about the festival or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-8914.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 391 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes, and prairie in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year. More information can be found at www.nps.gov/INDU.
Did You Know?
Cowles Bog is not a true bog but rather a fen because it has an underground water source. This water source has contact with limestone bedrock, making the fen’s water slightly alkaline. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is restoring a portion of this fen.