(BEDFORD) - This year's history festival, honoring Norm Taylor, begins tonight on the Bedford North Lawrence High School campus.
Taylor, a North Lawrence Career Center educator, organized the festival every spring, passed away suddenly in November. This year the event is being orchestrated by Norm's widow Annette Taylor, and their daughter, Kelly Nicol.
All events are free.
The festival kicks off at 6:30 pm with an outdoor classic rock concert (weather permitting) preformed by NoXpectations, taking listeners back to the days of the 1960's and 1970's. Bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the music, and feel free to dance.
On Saturday activities kick off at 10 am, American Indiana will plant a Dogwood tree as a memorial for Taylor. Then the pow-wow will kick off at noon.
Other events for Saturday will include a Vietnam re-enactment, a World War II camp and a Revolutionary War camp.
Come visit and sit in the encampments of soldiers from the Civil War and World War II, visit a buffalo hunter's encampment, participate in children's games, learn about medical practices throughout history, and talk to a wide variety of historical characters.
At past festivals, Clara Barton, Mrs. Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson, Belle Boyd (famous Confederate spy), Rosie the Riveter, Abraham Lincoln, and Governor and Mrs. Oliver P. Morton (governor of Indiana during the Civil War) have all been there to visit and answer questions.
Festival.The festival will close at 5 p.m.
Annetta says on Sunday, the pow-wow will continue at noon and during the day there will be a Civil War , a World War II battle and a battle just for fun that will not be historically accurate. The festival will close at 4 p.m.
The festival committee will be selling t-shirts with a picture of Norm Taylor on them. The artwork was created by Terry Mullis, a Bedford North Lawrence High School art teacher. Four Seasons provided the screen printing.
In addition, vendors will offer a variety of items such as Native American jewelry, handcrafted items, supplies for military and civilian re-enactors, toys, and more.
A World War II-style canteen will replace the normal food bank and there will be other food vendors.
For more information, visit www.lawrencecountyhistoryfestival.com.
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