Friends plan Fort Defiance Day
The Friends of Fort Defiance Tuesday night made plans for the first-ever Fort Defiance Day to be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Fort Defiance State Park.
Events will include a tour of the Whitetail Ridge interpretive trail which extends from the west parking lot to just west of the old ranger’s cabin.
The group also discussed possibly holding a Dutch oven cookoff in the campground area which had electrical upgrades a few years ago.
Other ideas discussed included old-time crafts demonstrations such as spinning and Native American beadwork, pioneer-era kids games, a storyteller and Esther and Robert Ridley look-alike contest.
The group also discussed possibly sending representatives to the First Friends of State Parks Summer April 9 in Des Moines.
The group also discussed a grant application from the Emmet County Community Foundation for funds to help reinforce bridge abutments on the two most downstream bridges in the park. Heavy rains and snowmelt the last several years have damaged the bridge footings.
The annual Friends newsletter was also recently sent to members. Renewals or new memberships, which are $10 for both individuals and families, may be sent to: Friends of Fort Defiance, P.O. Box 314, Estherville, IA 51334.