Take a journey into O’Fallon’s history in Fort Zumwalt Park at O’Fallon Founders’ Day on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fort Zumwalt Park is located at 1000 Jessup Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Admission and parking are free.
Kicking off at 10 a.m. with an Arbor Day Ceremony led by Mayor Bill Hennessy, the event features live music, storytelling, demonstrations of pioneer skills, hands-on old-time activities and a petting farm. Free wildflower seeds and tree seedlings will be given away, while supplies last.
George Portz & the Friends of Bluegrass will play bluegrass tunes and Marilyn Kinsella will delight with her storytelling. Demonstrations include, basket weaving, sheep-to-shawl wool spinning and indigo dyeing. The Daughters of the American Revolution will display hands-on artifacts including games, money, sewing items and writing materials of the era. Try your hand at cow milking, cattle wrangling, leather stamping and making your own corn husk doll.
Visitors also will be able to take self-guided tours of the historic Heald Home and Zumwalt’s Fort interpretive center for $5 (includes both sites) for ages 11+, with kids 10 and under admitted free. The St. Charles Model Railroad Club will host an open house. Vendors will sell hand-made items and food will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/founders-day. For weather-related information, please call 636-379-5614.