A living history of Chesterfield Township’s past will pop up in the present this month, when the Chesterfield Township Historical Society hosts its annual Heritage Days event.
This year’s Heritage Days is scheduled to run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17 at the Chesterfield Township Historical Village. About 300 people are expected to turn out for the event, which will include a variety of activities for all ages.
“Kids will be able to do a variety of fun historic crafts and games including rope making, corn grinding, a scavenger hunt and more,” said Liz Furton, president of the historical society.
Guided horseback riding with horses Chip and Nate will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. Riders will be asked to make a donation to participate, while photos will be offered for free.
In addition, treats for the horses can be made from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The event will also feature a craft show with multiple vendors throughout the village.
“In past years, we have had many different crafts demonstrated,” said Eileen Rivard, historical society past president.
A car show will feature a variety of classic and antique cars. About a dozen vehicles are expected for this year’s show, Rivard said.
“Anyone who would like to show their classic or antique car is welcome to show up prior to our opening of 10:30 a.m.,” Rivard said. “There is usually someone there by 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. to tell them where to park.”
On Sept. 17, Dan the Banjo Man will provide musical entertainment.
Hot dogs, chips and drinks will also be sold during the event.
The society will be selling hot dogs, chips and drinks at the event as well.
Members of the historical society are hoping to raise about $ 800 from this year’s Heritage Days.
The society asks for a donation of $ 1 per adult or $ 2 per family to cover the cost of admission.
Other ways to support the Chesterfield Township Historical Society during Heritage Days and beyond include purchasing bricks for a walkway in the village at varying costs depending on brick size, purchasing a Carson’s coupon book for $ 5 and participating in the society’s raffle at a cost of $ 1 per ticket. First prize is a full/queen size 1800 log cabin quilt; second prize is a 40-inch LED TV, and third prize a 24-inch-by-36-inch crocheted rag rug. The drawing will take place at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Zuccaro Banquets and Catering in Chesterfield Township. Ticket purchasers do not need to be present to win.
The historical village is located at 47275 Sugarbush Road, next to the municipal offices, where parking will be available. A shuttle will also be provided.
Nicole Tuttle is a freelance reporter for The Voice.