|Lewis Countians will have a chance to step
back in time to the year 1803 when the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Reenactment visits
Judge Executive Steve Applegate and members of the local Lewis & Clark
Reenactment Committee plan to be present to welcome "Meriwether Lewis
and of expedition members when they arrive on Tuesday, September 23. All county officials
are invited to attend and represent the original county officials of 1807.
The exact arrival time of the expedition is not known, but the local committee will
have contacts upriver watching from the hills.
A tentative schedule of events is as follows.
Sunday September 21: set up camps along the riverfront and gather firewood, canoe
races, fishing contest for the kids, music, storytelling and a flintlock rifle
Tuesday, September 23: 9:00 a.m., Lewis & Clark display opens at the Lewis County
Public Library; 10:00 a.m., local officials, band music, flag; 11:00 a.m., Corps of
Discovery; Noon to 4:00 p.m., a variety of demonstrations including flintlock rifle,
mortar, salt-making and livestock; 7:00 p.m., traditional music by local musicians, and a
bean and cornbread cook-off; 7:30 p.m. Masonic service for Meriwether Lewis.
There will also be an essay contest for the school children, and contests for photos
and costumes. Church groups are invited to set up bake sales. The Lewis County Farmers
Market will set up near the river that Tuesday.
Paula Franke/Lewis County Herald
Dennis Brown, at left, joins Harvey Denham at the recent open
house of the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce. Denham attended the event in his Lewis
& Clark period costume.
The local committee anticipates adding even more events. Anyone interested in
participating in the planning process is invited to attend the next committee meeting at
1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, at the Vanceburg city building on Second Street.