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Celebrate Hoosier roots at Angel Mounds’ Spring Farm Fest

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At the root of Hoosier identity is farming; and at the root of Indiana farming is Angel Mounds.  Every spring, early Native Americans planted seeds of corn, squash, and other edibles in this fertile crescent of the Ohio River Valley.  While most farm festivities celebrate fall's bountiful harvest, Angel Mounds is honoring the dawn of both the season and this Indiana legacy.

Spring Farm Fest will feature demonstrations, presentations, and hands-on activities relating to Indiana farming throughout the centuries.  Starting with prehistory, visitors will learn about Native American agriculture, from gardening tools and planting to processing and storage. To expand their understanding of Evansville's first permanent settlement, guests will also have the opportunity to board a hayride for a guided site tour.

Beyond a prehistoric context, event features include lye soap making, candle dipping, corn grinding and shelling, wool spinning, quilting, rope making, blacksmithing, and more. Youngsters will revel in taking barrel train rides, making butter in a jar, and competing in potato sack races and peddle tractor pulls. Prizes and take-home treats will abound, and guests will have the opportunity to taste traditional farm fare with free samples of apple butter, corn bread, bean soup, smoked meat, and apple cider.

Celebrate Hoosier roots at a birthplace of Indiana farming – Angel Mounds State Historic Site.  Spring Farm Fest kicks off with a field trip opportunity for local schools on Friday and continues with public programming through the weekend.  Cost during the weekend is FREE with paid general admission ($4 Adults, $3.50 Seniors, $2 Children). 

For more information, contact Haley Tallman, Program Developer, at 812.853.3956 or htallman@indianamuseum.org.

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