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History comes alive on Harbor Island

Dylan Goetz • Jun 6, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Feast of the Strawberry Moon organizers are dedicated to an accurate portrayal of the 18th century. So dedicated that they’ve had to turn down entertainment and vendors before if they weren’t willing to wear historically accurate clothing.

The West Michigan Historical Alliance is hosting the 18th annual Feast of the Strawberry Moon from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, on Harbor Island. The event is a historical re-enactment of the 18th-century fur trade that organizers describe as “living history.”

The alliance’s executive director, Chris Hornby, said they want to keep this year’s event historically accurate in every way possible.

“Some people have said the event is stagnant, but the thing is, you can’t change history,” Hornby said. “We try to bring in new vendors and entertainment each year.”

The family event also offers music and food. Hornby said the biggest struggle for the alliance is to find enough volunteers to help set up the event, which includes about 250 re-enactors, entertainers, demonstrators and period vendors to provide the full experience, according to visitgrandhaven.com.

Admission is $5, or $15 for a family.

On Friday, the festival will include a Kids Day to teach more than 200 local students about the experience of the 1700s.

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