We’re all aware of the Yellow River that runs through Marshall County, but did you know every year we have an event to celebrate the history? Some may also be asking, what is the Yellow River?
- The Yellow River is a 62.3 mile long tributary of the Kankakee River in northern Indiana. Via the Kankakee and Illinois rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 427 square miles. The river’s name possibly derives from a translation of the Shawnee name for the river, We-thau-ka-mik, meaning “yellow waters,” a description perhaps owing to the presence of sand in the riverbed. The river initially flows southwardly into Marshall County, past Bremen; then generally southwestwardly, returning to its naturally winding riverbed and flowing through the city of Plymouth.
This year the festival will be celebrating it’s 10th year! Not only is that an accomplishment, but it is also the first bicentennial event to take place in Marshall County. The festival will take place from June 4-5! Festival Hours: Sat., June 4, 2016 10:00 am – 6:00pm & Sun., June 5, 2016 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at River Park Square, Plymouth, IN. Free Admission!
What is the Yellow River Festival?
Yellow River Festival celebrates Marshall County (IN) history, between the years 1840 through1940′s. Experience music and dancing,storytelling, Indian dances and demonstrations – something for everyone! Families of all ages will enjoy period reenactments, traditional food, rustic crafts and cultural activities with focus on our wonderful history. A major part of the festival is a focus on the Yellow River itself and the environment around it. We want to help our community better understand the ecological significance of the river and its relationship to Marshall County history and the larger geographic region. Delicious food and creative crafts reflecting the historical period are sold by not-for-profit groups as fundraisers.
Throughout the whole weekend reenactments will be taking place. Reenactors portraying LaSalle, the first European to explore the area (1680), Voyagers (buckskinners), War Of 1812 – Indiana Volunteer and Indiana Civil War Volunteer Infantry and Wives, Calvary and Artillery (no cannon), Civilians, and even Abraham Lincoln and Johnny Appleseed! New attractions this year include: Hoosier Old Wheels will host Vintage vehicles and their owners and a Vintage Baseball Game on Saturday, called Rounders. How neat is it that in today’s age we can sit back and watch a Vintage Baseball Game? For either history lovers or sports enthusiast, both are able to enjoy. Aside from the reenactments and the new attractions to look forward to there are many many different types of music being preformed throughout the whole weekend, and many booths selling arts and crafts from the time period! Some events you could be experiencing from the good old 1800s: fishing, monkey bridge, shoot skillets, corn hole, collar throw, rope maze, leather projects and more.
Yellow River Festival – Venison Chili, Operation Quiet Comfort – Lemonade and Cookies, Kettle Corn, Boy Scouts- Mooney’s Ice Cream, La Dzerts – Cupcakes and Drinks, Log Cabin - Mini Donuts, and 1st United Methodist Church – Apple Dumplings. Food and drinks will match the historic period portrayed in the festival. Vendors will have booths and attire that match this time period as well.