Logan County’s Tobacco & Heritage Festival is upon us and so are the many festivities that surround this exciting time of year for our community. One of the most unique and reoccurring events will be the 20th Annual Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous to be held Oct. 9-11 starting at 9am on Friday until 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Red River Meeting House.
“In 1996 this event was started with a vision to inform the public of the 1800 revival and to hopefully plant a seed for a new awakening in people’s hearts,” said Dreama Ruley, one of the event’s organizers. “It still remains the main historical reenacting event at Red River and the largest. Our living history event includes people camping on the grounds in canvas tents much like they would have in 1800, cooking over open fires and dressing in the same manner.”
Speakers and activities this year will include:
Church services are held on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning.
History lessons are presented every day of the event at 2 p.m.
Friday night at 7 p.m.- Lester Doyle
Lester Doyle is a Kentucky boy living in Wisconsin. He is a scientist that fully believes the Bible is the true unerring word of God from beginning to end. He has been preaching at Smokey Hollow Campground for the last seven years.
Following the Friday night service, Jonathan Hagee the Colonial Balladeer will perform a live free concert. For more information of Hagee you can visit www.reverbnation.com/JonathanHagee.
Saturday morning at 10 a.m.- Stephen and Laura Gove- the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of the American Revolution. They will also have their traveling museum with them.
An auction at 1 p.m. on Saturday with all proceeds going to the upkeep of the meeting house and grounds will be held. Donations for the auction are always welcome.
A memorial service for the soldiers who served our great nation and are buried in the Red River cemetery will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m. and led by Martin Hickey.
Saturday night at 7 p.m.- Mike “Muskrat Jack” Longstreth
“Mike was the first preacher at our event and really helped us in our early days,” said Ruley. “We are delighted to welcome him back.”
Following the Saturday night church service, join Professor Rico Tyler of Western Kentucky University by the gates for star gazing and astronomy lessons.
Sunday morning at 10 a.m.- Professor Mark McPherson
“This man was responsible for igniting this event by assigning a research paper to Tom Ruley at Emmanuel Bible College. We are honored to welcome him to our event,” Ruley said.
An 18th century Presbyterian Sacrament service will be held on Sunday morning. All believers are welcome to participate.
Demonstrations will include dulcimer playing, 18th century medicine by Robert Operia, blacksmithing, fire making using flint and steel, cooking with dutch ovens, and chair weaving.
David Book will have his living history store featuring quality 18th and early 19th century original and reproduction goods.
Coy’s BBQ Grill on Wheels will be selling food on-site.
Friday is set-up day and Sunday is tear down (after church service). The best day for the public to visit is Saturday, but are welcome anytime during the weekend.
Modern campers are also welcome.
Contact Tom Ruley at 270-586-7632 for more information.
Dreama Ruley and Darlynn Moore will be on Feedback Monday, Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. to talk about the 20th Annual Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous. Afterward, the two will be at the Logan County Archive, located beside the historic Logan County Courthouse, dressed in period clothing to answer questions about the day, as well as the Great Revival.
To contact Chris Cooper, email email@example.com or call 270-726-8394.