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Farming Ways Festival returns to St. Charles County’s Historic Daniel Boone Home

The Farming Ways Festival takes place from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 24 at The Historic Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Hwy. F in Defiance.

Frontier food, demonstrations and children’s activities come to life at this popular event. Social distancing and other safety guidelines will be followed; masks must be worn inside the gift shop and historic buildings in the park.

Historic demonstrations at the Boone Home in Definace. (Source: St. Charles County)

Activities are spread throughout the village grounds. Guests are invited to browse through crafts from local farmers, artisans and history interpreters. Guests can try their hand at butter churning, paper marbling, birdfeeder making and more.

Guests can visit the kitchen gardens to find out what pioneers used in the 1800s for cooking and dying clothing and visit with a historic interpreter to learn about the tanning of animal hides. Black powder demonstrations with long rifles will take place throughout the day and children can enjoy playing frontier games in the Kids Village.

Be sure to get lunch at the UKraft food truck from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and then stop by the Grand Pavilion in the park to shop local artisan goods and honey.

The IL-MO Tractor and Engine Club will be on-site showcasing various antique machines, including gasoline engines, tractors and steam engines.

Admission is $5 per person; children 4 and under are free. Pre-registration is available at https://bit.ly/2021FarmingWaysFestival or call The Historic Daniel Boone Home at (636) 798-2005.

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