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|Historical Festival Features Plenty For Families
|A local historical festival being held this weekend wasn't just about the Civil War re-enactment, a number of other activities provided plenty for any family to do.
The 15th annual Galesburg Heritage Days festival began yesterday out at Lake Storey Park and many area families found more than their fair share to see. Activities included many stops to purchase goods from period dressed individuals.
One of the booths was Blue Stone Forge run by Allen Ortery, a blacksmith from Galesburg. Ortery says he's only been doing this less than a decade but he tells WGIL being a blacksmith isn't just about fitting shoes for horses, he takes care of a number of projects.
"In reality, blacksmiths are your tool makers, we make our own tools and and make all the tools for the other trades. All your household hardware - hinges, latches, locks, cooking utensils, lighting devices, things like that. So we're making the things that people need to live their day-to-day lives. And we do repairs on existing things a lot too."
The festival runs through later today. Activities on the schedule for today include the Faire Winds Circus, a chance to meet a Mark Twain impersonator and another chance to see the Civil War re-enactment. Soldiers from the Confederacy take on Union Soldiers in a smoke filled battle featuring the booms of giant cannons.
Admission is free and there are even a number of events for children. One organizer of the event says it's worth all his time and effort when he sees the reaction on the faces of children of all ages.
(Confederate Soldiers prepare to fire a cannon in the Civil War re-enactment at the 15th annual Heritage Days festival Saturday afternoon.)
(Soldiers from the Union and the Confederacy battle during a Civil War re-enactment at Lake Storey Saturday afternoon for the 15th annual Heritage Days.)
(Confederate Soldiers come to the aid of an injured soldier at Heritage Days out at Lake Storey.)
(Union troops prepare to advace during a re-enactment of the Civil War out at Lake Storey Park Saturday afternoon.)
(Allen Ortery, a blacksmith from Galesburg who ran Bluestone Forge out at Heritage Days works on some metal at the 15th annual historical festival.)
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