Memorial Day weekend Chillicothe celebrates the 40th anniversary of Feast of the Flowering Moon, a festival dedicated to preserving Native American Culture.
Why is preserving Native American culture important?
Native American Culture extends to anyone with ancestry tracing back to the original people of North and South America and maintains their tribal affiliation. Throughout the growth of the United States, Native Americans were desecrated of their culture.
Although tribes have different traditions and ceremonies, they are committed to extending their heritage to each new generation of Native and non-Native Americans. And today, they are resurrecting their customs and sharing them with the world through events like this.
The three-day family event is an opportunity to explore the culture of America’s Indigenous people through activities designed to educate, entertain and honor the first Americans.
Festival-goers can explore the unique culture through music, native dancing, arts and crafts, entertainment, food, and more. A 19th-century mountain man encampment demonstrates pioneer life.
Fun is around every corner.
Friday hosts a motorcycle show, princess pageant introductions, crowning the Feast Queen, and the main stage serving the Filo Beddoe Band. Saturday is full of events, including four different bands. On Sunday, you don’t want to miss Ducky Derby and the sounds of the Ashley Huffer Trio and Seven Mile Bluegrass.
Additional entertainment, such as bingo, a Memorial Day Parade, a Kid’s Fun Run, and Gospel Sunday, is also on the agenda for this jam-packed holiday weekend.
The festival is held every Memorial weekend at downtown Yoctangee Park in Chillicothe and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, visit Feast of the Flowering Moon.