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Re-enactors participate at the 41st annual Fort Massac Encampment in Metropolis in 2013.

METROPOLIS — Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis is set to host one of the state's most popular fall festivals from Oct. 21 to 22 when the annual Fort Massac Encampment will take place.

The encampment provides visitors with a chance to experience what life was like at Fort Massac during the 18th and early 19th centuries. The site served as a military outpost along the Ohio River for personnel from France, Britain and the early years of the United States from 1757 to 1814.

Event times are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22.

The encampment features an opening "Posting of the Colours" ceremony both days. During each afternoon, mock military battles and tactical demonstrations will be performed by re-enactors on the Fort Massac grounds, with a military retreat ceremony closing both days’ activities.

Family and youth activities include storytellers, magic and puppet shows, 18th century musical entertainment, and period craft makers demonstrating blacksmithing, basket-making, weaving, and other skills.

The Fort Massac Encampment is hosted by the IDNR, with support from the Greater Metropolis Convention and Visitors Bureau. Admission to the encampment is free, and parking is provided at the Old Fairgrounds adjacent to the park. Fort Massac State Park is closed to public vehicle traffic during festival hours.

Fort Massac State Park, which opened as Illinois’ first state park in 1908, is located on the Ohio River at 1308 E. Fifth St. in Metropolis. For more information about the encampment and the park, contact the site office at 618-524-4712.

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