Heritage Day this weekend at Fayette

FAYETTE — In the 19th century, the historical town of Fayette was in its prime. To remember the town as it was, the park hosts a Heritage Day in celebration each year. This event has occurred for over a decade.

This year’s event will be held on Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Heritage Day allows visitors to experience a day-in-the-life of a Fayette resident from the 1800s. There will be a number of activities throughout the day including period displays, food, music, and a 1860s style baseball game.

The food will consist of a variety of whitefish dishes from the Big Bay de Noc Booster Club. There will also be a bake sale. These will both be available at any time during the event.

At 11:30 a.m., a concert will be held in the hotel. After this time, musicians will travel throughout the park singing period music in clothing accurate to the time period.

Michael Deren of The Past in Person, will be putting on two presentations featuring stories, music, and interaction with the crowd. These presentations will take place at 12:30 and 2 p.m.

As this is a family oriented event, there will be reproductions of toys and games accurate to the 1800s, throughout the day for children to participate.

Batting practice will be held in the historic baseball field any time before the game at 3:30.

During this baseball game, anyone from the crowd is invited to play against the Fayette staff. The rules for how baseball would have been played in the 1800s will be explained prior to the start of the game.

Troy Henderson, of the Michigan History Center, hopes that this event will “give guests a flavor for how life would have been in Fayette.”