Daily Journal staff report
Indiana’s Kankakee River Historical Society will hold its 11th annual Aukiki River Festival Aug. 25-26 at Baum’s Bridge Road and the Kankakee River, southwest of Kouts, Ind., and Indiana Route 8.
The festival is a fundraiser for the society’s continuing effort to restore the historic Collier Lodge at Baum’s Bridge, one of the few surviving hunting lodge buildings of the now largely vanished Grand Marsh of the Kankakee.
The event will feature historic re-enactments focusing on the Grand Marsh’s historic Native American residents, early European explorers, trappers and settlers. Muzzleloader gun demonstrations, quilting, music and dance, craft demonstrations and much more, including Native American and Civil War encampments.
Annually, it is an effort to “try to tell the whole story of the Kankakee River, starting with Native Americans and running through the different casts of characters up to the 1930s,” according to society founder and president John P. Hodson, of Kouts.
Admission will be $3; free for ages 12 and younger. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 and 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Aug. 26.
The Collier Lodge is on South Baum’s Bridge Road, about 2 miles south of Indiana Route 8, and about 7 miles east of Hebron, Ind. It is about 53 miles from Kankakee through Lowell and Hebron. It also can be reached via Illinois Route 114 east of Momence to Indiana Route 10 to Wheatfield, Ind., then north on county roads to Baum’s Bridge.
The festival raises money for continuing restoration of the lodge building, a historic cabin and more.
For more information, visit kankakeevalleyhistoricalsociety.org or call 219-766-2302.