Need a reason to check out this year's Old Town Waverly Park Festival, September 26 and 27? We've got a few...
In fact, here are 10 great reasons to make sure you're at this year's event. This two-day festival is now in its fourth year and takes place at Old Town Waverly Park along the banks of the White River. The village of Waverly was at one time a thriving river town and was actually a finalist for becoming the Indiana state capitol when they moved it north from Corydon. Old Town Waverly Park was created after catastrophic flooding in 2008 to help celebrate that history and share it with visitors, and there's no better time to visit the park than during the Old Town Waverly Park Festival!
**Activities may change from year to year. All photos were taken at previous years' events. Event organizers have worked closely with the Morgan County Health Department to ensure that appropriate health and safety guidelines are in place for this event. Attendees are asked to bring a face mask with them and observe all appropriate Covid-19 precautions including masks indoors or in crowded areas and social distancing.**
1. Learn to throw a tomahawk.
Seriously. Kids and adults alike can take a turn at hitting the target with a real tomahawk. (Don't worry, Mom, it's safe!)
2. Check out the blacksmith forge and see a craftsman at work.
Who doesn't love fire, hammers and metal? See how those three ingredients can create useful and beautiful creations. Feel free to ask questions as you watch.
3. Meet the animals!
A variety of farm animals will be on hand including llamas, chickens, goats, rabbits, a donkey and more! Get up close and personal and learn these furry and feathered friends.
4. See how things were made from metal before automated machines.
Chat with the tinsmith on site and see how he crafts useful and beautiful items from flat sheets of tin.
5. Take on a few old fashioned challenges.
Do you have what it takes to compete, old school style? Give it a try with challenges like tug o war, watermelon seed spitting, nail driving and more! Little ones will love the activities in Kids Town and Straw Town - navigate a maze constructed of straw bales, play fun old fashioned games, race in a duck derby and there will even be a touch-a-truck opportunity!
6. Learn how textiles were handmade by quilting and weaving.
Watch as demonstrators show you how to create fabric through weaving and utilize scraps to create beautiful quilts. Be sure to ask if you have any questions!
7. Take a walk with the birds, or a historic tour on the White River Greenway Trail
There will be a bird walk on Saturday morning at 9 am with naturalist Joni James. Join her for a walk on the White River Greenway Trail with a goal of seeing and hearing multiple species! On both days of the festival, you can join a historic tour and river tour in the afternoon to learn more about the history of the area.
8. Immerse yourself in history with reenactor encampments.
Time periods featured will include trappers, the post-Civil War era and the wild west! Enjoy a conversation with these characters from the past. There will also be an old fashioned revival reenactment Saturday at 6 pm.
9. Shop local arts and craft vendors.
A wide variety of arts and crafts vendors will be on hand for you to browse throughout both days. Check out the food vendors on site as well!
10. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the festival.
There will be a full schedule of live music and other entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday from several groups including the Just Us Band, Gold Dust Band, Hey Hey, The Main Street Band and more. There will even be a magician on hand at 2 pm on Saturday!
BONUS: New this year is a Car Show on Sunday!
Beginning at 10:30 am on Sunday, check out the Old Town Waverly Park Car Show! This will be the first year for the car show and in addition to browsing through the beautiful classic cars, you'll also enjoy fiddler Isaac Deak, who will be roaming through the car show from 1 to 2 pm.
See the complete event schedule on the Old Town Waverly Park Festival listing on our calendar, as well as what else is coming up in Morgan County! If you're thinking about making it a weekend trip, be sure to check out the area's options for lodging, as well as locally owned eateries and other fun things to do. Additional events coming up at Old Town Waverly Park include the Haunting of Waverly in October and Santa in Park in December, or come explore the park on your own any time.