BY JESSICA STEELEY
Clarkston News Staff Writer
Experience some aspects of 19th century life this autumn by attending the Eighth Annual Davisburg Heritage Festival, Saturday, Sept. 23.
Springfield Township and their Parks and Recreation Department organized the free festival to celebrate the town and its history.
“We typically have antique tractors and a tour through the harness shop, which is run by the historical society, and the candle factory does candle line demonstrations,” said Recreation Superintendent Rebecca DeSimpelare.
The festival will also have some new events this year including a historical presentation and a vintage baseball game, she added.
“We have the historical demonstrations tent,” DeSimpelare said. “Kids can try out shucking corn and things they’d probably never done before, how it had been when Davisburg was founded.”
An all-day event, the festival includes several family friendly activities with free kids’ games and prizes, and a parade at noon.
“Until about 4 p.m., it’s a family event and then it transitions to the Springfield Tavern, which is run by the Knights of Columbus,” DeSimpelare said. “We have Mark Harrington playing in the early afternoon and then we have Twistin’ Tequila Worms playing in the nighttime.”
This historical festival celebrates the founding of Davisburg and Springfield Township in 1836.
“We have a lot of people, it’s definitely our biggest event,” DeSimpelare said. “It’s fun to see everybody out there bonding as a community. It’s also nice to see people who haven’t been to Davisburg before come out and kind of get a feel for the community. A lot of people are just kind of surprised at how much there is going on and how much of the events and activities are free. It’s really cool to see the takeaway from people who haven’t been there before.”
To learn more about the Heritage Festival visit Springfield Township’s event list on their Facebook page.