5th annual Norfolk Harvest Festival Aug. 13 – 16

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The Fifth Annual Norfolk Harvest Festival will once again be brought to you by the Family of the Five Lakes in Boyne City’s Veterans Park.

The four-day festival—Aug. 13 through 16—features a lineup of demonstrations, activities and interactive fun.

The Norfolk Harvest Festival is a portrayal of interactive living history ranging from the Medieval to Colonial periods, consisting of day-to-day living, as well as demonstrations with tents and structures depicting life in a new trading settlement.

The public is encouraged to interact with the re-enactors, and ask questions about their activities and demonstrations.

The festival’s goal is to present an aspect of history and family fun, meeting the goals of the Family of the Five Lakes: to enrich the lives of present and future generations through historical education.

The event will host local food vendors and feature cooking demonstrations with period-style cookware.

Performing artists will include a strolling bard and other period instrumentals.

Other events include a bench-building contest and depictions of live-steel fighting.

Games will be provided for young and old such as King’s Corners (Tablut) and Kub, and other demonstrations will include blacksmithing and hide tanning by local artisans.

Donations of non-perishable food items and clothing for those in need will be accepted and greatly appreciated for local food pantries.

The Family of the Five Lakes is a group of local re-enactors dedicated to the spreading of knowledge of past crafts and lifestyles, as well as promoting the local community.

It is their hope that the attending public will come away from this event with a knowledge which promotes interest in the time periods portrayed, and a desire to learn more.