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Lewis & Clark Festival held in Great Falls

Posted at 4:51 PM, Aug 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-25 18:51:56-04

(GREAT FALLS) Gibson Park was filled with people on Saturday for 29th annual Lewis & Clark Festival.

It was a day of unique activities, like how to skin a beaver and a story time session with Buddy the Newfoundland dog, who represents Meriwether Lewis’ dog Seaman.

There were also Native American dancers and performers, as well as other musicians and groups.

And while it’s fun for the entire family, it’s also educational.

“The Lewis and Clark Festival really showcases what life was like back in 1805-1806, when Lewis and Clark came through the Great Falls area in 1806 and 1806,  when they were on their way back, but we talked about just how they navigated, the clothes they wore, the food they ate, how they cooked when they were on expedition,” said Jay Russell, Lewis and Clark Foundation executive director.

The event was rescheduled from June due to weather.

From the event website

* The Lewis and Clark Honor Guard will give presentations in period dress every hour, in the Council Lodge Presentation Area. Two conjoined tipis form the “stage” for each program, as was the historical tradition among some of the Native tribes in the area. A few of the programs include Firestarting and Other Fun Activities, Selling the Indian Nations on their New Trading Partner, and Geological Discoveries of Lewis and Clark. Casey Wiley will also demonstrate how to skin a beaver. Another popular venue is the Native lodge encampment, with several Native tipis.

* Several artisans, including a furrier, metal artist, potters and beadworkers will exhibit their trades. The fine arts and crafts area will feature many unique items for sale. 

* Food concessions will also cater to the crowds, featuring Indian tacos, burgers, and other food items. 

7:00 p.m. – The festivities continue as the River’s Edge Trail hosts its popular Luminaria Walk. In partnership with the Festival, the Trail has brought back its popular Luminaria Walk, with food, music, and a host of other activities along the River’s Edge Trail. The Trail will be lit from Gibson Park and proceed under the tunnel across the Missouri River via the pedestrian bridge, and into West Bank Park. Folks can turn around and continue back the one-mile journey to Gibson Park. The Luminaria Walk is a great family event, and a perfect way to take a stroll along the Missouri River.