Recreating the community circa 1871 (give or take a few decades for the historically attentive), Larkspur Settler Days is coming this weekend. The event will commence on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 from 1 pm to 9 pm, featuring activities and fun for all ages!
Upon entering the fair, people will get to experience the Riggs General Store and proprieter J.P. “Jimmy” Riggs (as portrayed by impersonator Larry Schlupp, President of the Larkspur Historical Society.) Riggs opened the mercantile store in Greenland in 1892, and subsequently moved it to Larkspur, selling confections & notions. Treats will include kettle corn, ice cream, dill pickles on a stick, dill pickle juice, rock candy, Choke Cherry jam, oatmeal soup and Larkspur Historical Society souvenirs.
Traders, trappers and merchants will likewise be displaying and selling period rendezvous artifacts and arts, including a buck saw, tomahawk and draw knife exhibition. Kids will have the chance to chat with and actual mountain man, watch a blacksmith at work and see yarn being spun (actual yarn, not just tall tales, though those will be plentiful in supply.)
Once it hits lunchtime, head over to the Chuckwagon where they will be offering a variety of food fare for sale ranging from hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, beans and watermelon – served by the Larkspur Veterans of foreign Wars.
For the history buffs, the Larkspur Historical Society will also have presenters John and Susan Hultman presenting programs on the on the history of the first county school, an antique firearms display is also scheduled and railroad representative, Bob Leise, will speak on the historical impact and importance of the railroad with the community.
Be sure to also catch “Tony’s Bake Off” (raising money for the Douglas County Veterans Organization), the petting zoo and array of kids activities and the various artists and rustlers that will be entertaining the crowd.
Daytime bluegrass music will be provided by the Gerry Bean band, with the evening activities beginning at 6pm the grownups. Couples can dance the night away to the music of John Bell, while watching a bonfire at the fire pit after dark. The evenings food features the signature pizzas for sale from local Larkspur Pizzaria.
Come enjoy the sunshine at Larkspur Settler Days while having fun reliving and learning about how the settlers of early Larkspur lived!