Beck’s Mill 5th Annual May Day Festival

(SALEM) – Beck’s Mill’s 5th Annual May Day Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the mill, 4433 S. Beck’s Mill Road, Salem.

There will be blacksmithing, pottery, wooden cutting boards, macrame, walking stick carving with an old tool display and corn milling demonstrations.
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Children can enjoy face painting, rock painting, potato stamps, Mother’s Day flower art and stories from Johnny Appleseed himself.
Adult admission is $5, and children age 16 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.
Mt. Carmel Chicken Barbeque will be in the parking lot area. Meal includes half a chicken, slaw and baked beans. Also in the parking lot area will be craft and flea market vendors.
Clint Barnett will also be a part of the Civil War encampment.
The mill will be grinding corn and the blacksmith shop will also be in operation. Mill tours will be available on a timed schedule. Springtime is a great time to hike our many trails.
Demonstrators & Musicians coordinated by Paula Wells

  • Fortissimo Five Leah Scott – Brass Quintet – Opening 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Leah Scott, Tyler Zink, Tennille Sorrels, Brayden Westfall, and Parker Blackwell, Troy/Melanie Smith – music 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Jared Kearschner – music 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Evelynn Richerd -1:30 p.m.violin playing (10 minutes) “God Bless America”
  • Jimmy Dale Wilcoxson & Matalei Roll 2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.


  • JayBird Terrell – wooden cutting boards
  • Reenactors: 38th Indiana Company D Steve Tye & Jonathan Sears – camping across road and doing demos and more
  • Tim Wells – carving walking sticks – old woodworking tools display
  • Paula Wells – Pottery making
  • Natisha Coakley – potato stamps with kids
  • Ben Strange – Johnny Appleseed
  • Katrina Benton – Kids’ Art: Paper shapes Flower Art for Mother’s Day
  • Nancy Thatcher – macram√©
  • Jay Thatcher – with Tim Wells: Walking stick carver and old tool demos
  • Lori & Ron Bundy – Rock Painting
  • Face painters – EWMS art guild students

Mother’s Day – May 12th
All visiting Mothers will receive a free sample bag of Beck’s Mill Cornmeal.
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