After its pandemic-forced break last year, the Tippecanoe County Historical Association's FeastĀ of the Hunters' Moon drew large crowds in beautiful weather Saturday and Sunday at Fort Ouiatenon along the Wabash River south of West Lafayette.

The festival features re-created 18th-century life at the time of the original fort, the first European outpost in what is now Indiana. It serves as a re-creation of the fall gathering of the French and American Indians there.

Games, entertainment, shopping and dancing were big draws, as was food cooked over open fires and such activities as tomahawk throwing and trying on costumes.

Feast of the Hunters' Moon 10/9/21

Feast of the Hunters' Moon 10/9/21

Fort Ouiatenon, 3129 S. River Road in West Lafayette, drew thousands of participants and festival-goers to be immersed in history last weekend…

Feast of the Hunters' Moon food 10/9/21

Feast of the Hunters' Moon food 10/9/21

Food cooked over open fires was a draw.

Raccoon hat, Feast of the Hunters' Moon, 10/9/21

Raccoon hat, Feast of the Hunters' Moon, 10/9/21

Period goods such as this raccoon hat were available to buy.

Feast of the Hunters' Moon logs 10/9/21

Feast of the Hunters' Moon logs 10/9/21

Boys try their hand at sawing logs.