Founders’ Day and Garden Expo to Offer Living History Demos, Plant Sale

Enjoy a pretty spring day by shopping for herb, veggie or flowering plants, listen to live acoustic music and try your hand at old-fashioned activities for all ages at O’Fallon’s Founders’ Day & Garden Expo on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will be held in Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366, and feature vendors with hand-crafted wares and live plants for sale, demonstrations of heritage skills, free old-time activities for kids, a petting farm, and free tree sapling and herb seed giveaways (while supplies last). Food will be available for purchase, with gyros, pulled pork, nachos, hot dogs and cotton candy by Sorelle and shaved ice from Kona Ice.

Event highlights include an Arbor Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. with Mayor Bill Hennessy and the Westhoff Elementary School Earth Club, music by George Portz & the Friends of Bluegrass, Professor Farquar’s “Great American Medicine Show “ (three performances), the Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps, and self-guided tours of Zumwalt’s Fort and the historic Heald Home ($5 tour package).

Demonstrations include:

  • Basket weaving
  • Wool spinning
  • Blacksmithing
  • Broom and rope making

In addition to the petting farm, free hands-on activities for kids include archery, cornhusk doll-making, cattle roping, cow milking (simulated), candle dipping, soap carving, indigo dyeing and upcycled crafts. Educational materials and artifacts will be presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the O’Fallon Historical Society, the O’Fallon Historical Preservation Commission and Three Rivers Beekeepers.

Visit www.ofallon.mo.us/founders-day for information about Founders’ Day & Garden Expo. For weather-related event information, call 636-379-5614.