Volunteer demonstrates to visitors how to use apple cider press during Prairie Days Festival.
Volunteer demonstrates to visitors how to use apple cider press during Prairie Days Festival.

Prairie Days at Shawnee Prairie

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4267 State Route 502 | P. O. Box 801 | Greenville, Ohio 45331-0801
(937) 548-0165 voice | (937) 548-2935 fax
Info@darkecountyparks.org | www.darkecountyparks.org


Prairie Days at Shawnee Prairie

Step through a wrinkle in time to experience life on the Ohio frontier. On the weekend of September 25th and 26th the Darke County Park District will host its annual Prairie Days festival at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at 4267 St. Rt. 502 West near Greenville. As festival attendants wander through the grounds they’ll hear the ring of the blacksmith’s hammer on the anvil, smell fresh bread baking in the outdoor oven, and see long hunters tending their fires in the woodland encampment.

Come watch apple butter made over the fire, make children’s pioneer crafts, view local artists’ works, enjoy live music and entertainment. This year there will be performances by The Darke County Civic Theatre on Saturday (11:30am, 1:45pm) and Sunday (12:45pm). The SilverGrass Band will return this year and perform Saturday (3:30pm). DCP welcomes The Drab Irish Band to Prairie Days this year! They will take the stage on Sunday (3:00pm).

Between acts, sit-a-spell with the pioneer volunteers in the log house or try your hand at candle-making, visit the birds under the buckeye and more! Take a stroll through the 18th century encampment and watch a tomahawk and knife throwing competition.

Calling all bakers! Prepare your best pie to enter in the Friends of the Darke County Parks’ pie-baking contest held Saturday at 9:30am! Just $2/pie to enter in any (or all!) of the following categories: Apple, Peach, Berry, or Other. Be sure to submit pies in a disposable pan and we cannot accept meringue or refrigerated pies. Winner takes home a cash prize!

There will also be a wide variety of food to choose from. Take a load off as you enjoy fresh produce from Downing’s Fruit Farm, an ice cream cone from Just Ice Cream, or visit one of the non-profit vendors serving a wide variety of foods for lunch, snacks, and more! Feeling lucky? Enter our annual basket raffle before you leave! There is a birders basket, kitchen basket, autumn basket and a handmade quilt. Tickets are on sale now thru Sept 26th. $1.00/ticket or 6 for $5.00 and are available at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Winners will be drawn at 4:30pm on Sunday at Prairie Days!

We hope to see you next weekend (September 25 & 26) at Shawnee Prairie Preserve where admission and parking are FREE! Transportation from the main parking areas will once again be provided by Greenville Transit System (GTS). Parking areas will be well marked with plenty of signage. This will make getting to and from the parking area to the festival grounds quick, effective, and safe for all family members. Handicap parking will once again be available in the paved lot at the Nature Center. (Please be sure to have your Handicap Placard visible).

For more information, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at www.darkecountyparks.org

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