Fall in the Fort

Fall in the Fort

Staff Writer

     Saturday, October 6 the residents of Fort Smith celebrated the Inaugural Fall Festival.  The festivities ran from 10 AM – 4 PM Saturday and Sunday. This was a part of the city’s year-long bicentennial celebration.  Food trucks, vendors, and historic reenactors set up near the Fort Smith National Historic Site, The Trolley Museum, and the Fort Smith Museum of History.

    The “living historic encampments” featured demonstrations for all interests: Civil War Infantry and Cavalry encampments with musket demonstrations and horses, Mexican War encampments with sword demonstrations, early fort soldiers with rifle and cannon demonstrations, soap making, “Officers Wives” giving garden tours, and more. On both days there were historic lectures and free admission to the museums.  There were even birthday cake and ice cream on Saturday in celebration of Judge Parker’s birthday. This looks to be a wonderful new fall tradition for River Valley residents.