Feast of the Strawberry Moon festival returns for 18th year

Dylan Goetz • Jun 11, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Saturday morning showers didn’t stop Feast of the Strawberry Moon organizers and attendees from enjoying a reenactment of the fur trade period in American History at Harbor Island.

The reenactment festival, which is in its 18th year, features demonstrators, vendors and exhibitors showcasing history in the 1700s. Each demonstrator and vendor was dressed historically accurate for the time period, despite the rain.

Organizer Chris Hornby said the weather diminished some attendance, but there are more people than they expected with the rain in the morning. By 2 p.m., the event had about 400 attendees.

Royce Beigh, an exhibitor at the Heirloom Spoons tent, said he has been participating in reenactment events for over 20 years. His favorite part about Feast of the Strawberry Moon is “reliving the history, and learning new history.”

Christopher King and his child, Eiden, enjoyed making wax candles at one of the vendors. King said the comradery of the event and the friends they make keep them coming each year.

Event organizers put on demonstrations like a fashion show, showcasing 18th century clothing and accessories, and a military skirmish.

The fashion show offered an opportunity for kids and parents to ask questions to the demonstrators about the 18th century history and why they are wearing certain items. British citizens, scouters, trappers and voyagers were all on display during the show.

Many demonstrators on the military side are retired military personnel, Hornby said.

“This is living history,” she said. “Anytime we can do history in this environment, it’s great.”

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