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Porter County oinks, has fest at river
August 23, 2009
Charles M. Bartholomew , Post-Tribune correspondent
KOUTS -- Cool, pleasant weather greeted crowds who flocked to a pair
of festivals in
on Saturday, bearing out the hopes of tourism officials who gave over
$4,000 in grants for the two events.
spiced up the 33rd annual Kouts Porkfest with parade appearances by
local farmer Jim Lambert in his 1934 Ford, used in the film "Public
Enemies," and a
man who identified himself as Adam West and drove a 2000 Pontiac
Firebird painted as the Batmobile with BATMAN
The Porkfest parade, with more than 40 units, had everything from
little red wagons pulled by preschoolers to big red fire trucks from
seven communities and townships.
Wearing the red and white 2009 Porkfest T-shirt proclaiming "The
Oink Stops Here," Kouts Festivals and Events president Suellen
Bonner said things were going more smoothly in her second year of
running the show.
Five miles southwest of town at
, musket fire echoed through the woods as part of the second Kankakee
Valley Historical Society's Aukiki River Festival.
"I'm amazed. We had people here when we opened. Last year, there
weren't this many until after the parade," said KVHS president John
Native American, Voyageur, and colonial re-enactors joined
storytellers, pioneer craftsmen and musicians.
Alex Moore and Mikayla Younggreen run for candy along the parade
route Saturday in Kouts, where the 33rd annual Porkfest attracted
several thousand festival enthusiasts.
The street was lined with children and adults as veterans, fire
trucks and police cars drove by.
event marks French, Indian influence in area
Aukiki doubles fest size
Susan O'Leary - Times Correspondent |
Posted: Sunday, August 23,
2009 12:00 am
KOUTS | At the bend in the Kankakee River, French voyagers practiced
musket shooting, while American Indians entertained guests around a
tepee. In the center of the encampment, musicians played a tune on the
accordion and fiddle, while children and adults formed a dance circle,
singing and clapping in time to the music.
Saturday's Aukiki Festival in Kouts more than doubled in size from
the first event in 2008, said John Hodson, president of the Kankakee
Valley Historical Society, which organized the fest.
"I'm really pleased," Hodson said. "We're having a
great turnout and people are having fun."
Hodson said the festival highlights the history and culture of the
and complements the society's educational programs, research and
"We're working toward the restoration of the lodge," said
Hodson, of the 1898 Collier Lodge at Baum's Bridge on the river's bank.
Diana Freshour, of Knox, came with her husband, Joseph, to enjoy a
"We like re-enactments," Diana Freshour said. "It's
educational and fun."
Hodson said the festival, which has no admission charge, doesn't make
a profit, but creates awareness.
"Most people have heard of us by now," Hodson said.
With increased enthusiasm for the festival and wider interest in the
society's work, Hodson said the festival might become a two-day event.
"Last year, we got our feet wet," Hodson said. "This
year, we're twice as big."
The Freshours said they hope that the Aukiki Festival doesn't get as
big as other festivals they've attended, like Feast of the Hunter's Moon
"This is nice because it's small and out in the country,"
Diana Freshour said.