Feast Participant Information
Thank you for your interest in participating in the 44th Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. This event strives to give both the public and the participants a realistic portrayal of the people, cultures, and lifestyles that existed on the French and English colonial frontier in the Great Lakes region during the time of Fort Ouiatenon, which encompassed the period from 1717-1791. We want to interpret this time and place as accurately as possible in order to offer the public an educational and unforgettable experience, and also to honor the people who lived here. Participants, merchandise, entertainment, and food should be appropriate to our time period and place, to the best of our knowledge and ability. Please read carefully the quality control section below. All participants are responsible for knowing what types of costume, equipment, and merchandise are appropriate for their area.
Categories of Participation
Sales and Demonstration Deadline: June 15th
- Sutler: sell such things as 18th century goods and handcrafted items in 18th century styles and materials from a shelter or from a blanket or skin laid on the ground.
- Traditional Craftsperson: demonstrate a craft of the 18th century and produce an 18th century replica using tools and equipment appropriate to the time period. Our craftspeople are an important part of the educational activities of the Feast. They must be at their booth and demonstrating their craft at least 70% of the Feast operating hours. Separate applications and licenses are required for each person demonstrating each craft, even at the same booth. A craftsperson may sell handmade goods related to his/her craft.
Voyageurs Deadline: August 1st
The voyageurs interpret the lifestyle of 18th century canoe men. Voyageurs may register as independents or with a brigade. They may participate in the canoe landings and races.
Performers and other Program Personnel Deadline: June 15th
Program personnel include performing groups, habitants, independent military units, and any other living history interpreter not involved in other categories.
Volunteers Deadline: August 1st
Set up workers, gates, couriers, registration and other operations workers, TCHA booth workers, clean up workers, and other support areas.
Military Deadline: August 1st
The Forces of Montcalm and Wolfe, Northwest Territory Alliance, and Seven Years War Society are the re-enactors of military life & operations at Fort Ouiatenon. Registration is done by each individual unit member using this application. Independent units should consult with the Feast coordinator for more information on registration. Military personnel requiring modern camping should use this form (Section 4 – Modern Camping) to request a camp site.
Previous participants are generally accepted if they have worked cooperatively within Feast guidelines. The grounds layout for 2011 will be much the same as last year. Unless otherwise requested, participant sites on the grounds will be as close as possible to their previous location. If you wish to relocate or have other layout concerns, please include this information with your application. Applications received after the deadline will be accepted and placed on a space available basis. We can not guarantee that returning participants will be able to keep their previous location if the application is received after the deadline.
New program, sales, or demonstration applicants must submit color photographs of their shelter, clothing and any merchandise or crafts they wish to exhibit or sell. Documentation for any unusual or unique items should also be included as specified below in the quality control guidelines. Acceptance is determined from review of all entries received by the deadline and is based upon appropriateness and space available. Written replies will be sent approximately 45 days after the earliest category deadline.
Fees are listed on the application form. The higher fee amounts will be assessed on all applications received after the deadline. Payment in full must be enclosed with all applications. To be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the Feast. After that time, refunds will be issued at the discretion of the Feast Coordinator. No refunds will be made if the Feast is canceled due to weather, fire, strike; national, state or local emergency; government regulations; natural disaster or any other cause beyond the control of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association.
All items worn, displayed, or offered for sale must be appropriate to the 1717-1791 time period and our location on the colonial frontier. Emphasis should be placed on handcrafted items or items appropriate to interpreting the history of this era. Modern display cases or racks, plastic bags, price stickers, modern price tags, and wire or plastic coat hangers may not be used. The following items are specifically prohibited (recent additions in bold):
- Any mass produced or modern item or any item made from non-period materials
- Western Native American items such as long fringed leather and tapered hair pipe chokers
- Archaeological artifacts
- Dream catchers, mandalas, prayer drums, powwow goods
- Southwest pottery, jewelry, baskets, rugs/Mexican blankets
- Turquoise jewelry, plastic beads, neon feathers
- Stainless steel knives and swords
- Fantasy “pirate” items or other pirate items not appropriate to the Great Lakes region.
- Medieval Era or "Ren-Faire" type items (i.e. dragons and broad swords)
- Inappropriate toys including but not limited to pop guns/cap guns, whips, hematite zingers, sling shots with rubber bands, and ocarinas, rubber tipped arrows, wooden samurai swords, plastic dolls or other plastic items
- Parts or products deriving from any threatened, endangered or otherwise protected species, or skins/parts of domestic animals (see the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for more information)
- Graniteware or enamelware
- Percussion weapons
- Any type of raffles, drawings, or lotteries
- Books and audio/video recordings not pertaining to the time period
- Photographs, pictures, or stationery, holiday or souvenir items
- Any ready to consume food product. This includes but is not limited to candy, dried fruits, nuts, jerky, beverages, and produce. Items that are food but not ready to consume may be sold (i.e., oils and herbs) subject to health department inspection.
- Items using the words "Fort Ouiatenon" (with the exception of map reproductions) or "Feast of the Hunters' Moon"
This list is not intended to be all-inclusive but rather points out items of specific or recurring concerns. As a general rule, you should not plan on selling any item that is not universally accepted at other regional historical re-enactments. If you believe that a specific item is wrongfully included on the prohibited item list, or if you have any unique or controversial items that you want to sell, then we require that you provide documentation (preferably at least 3 distinct sources) that place your items in our area and time period. Our knowledge of the customs and goods of the Eighteenth Century period is a continually evolving thing and you can help everyone learn more about this period and help us update our standards with any new information that you can provide. We look forward to working with you to bring new and interesting goods to the Feast as long as they can be properly documented. Lacking such documentation, any items of questionable authenticity will be prohibited.
Feast staff will be reviewing booths to check for violations of these standards and for general booth appearance. If prohibited items are found, you will be asked to remove the items. If there are significant violations or a lack of cooperation with Feast officials, the vendor may be asked to leave and/or banned from future festivals. If there are problems or concerns, please see the Feast Coordinator or a member of the Feast quality control committee. If you are not able to abide by our standards then please do not apply. If you ignore or try to evade our standards, you will be denied the privilege of returning for future Feasts.
Feast Thursday and Friday Activities - Help us welcome the children!
Our Special Kid’s Day & Feast Friday School Day have been great successes in the past and the Feast Committee thanks our participants and their wonderful cooperation in helping in previous years. Only booths that have registered to participate in these two days will be included in the student visitation rotation, which are scheduled in two hour blocks. Participation is voluntary and demonstration only; sales are prohibited on these days.
Thursday Special Kid’s Day (9/22) Special needs students from Tippecanoe and surrounding counties are invited to participate in our Special Kid’s Day. We expect about 600 students. The day is such a success because of the interaction between the students & Feast participants who generously share their time and skills with us. This activity runs from 10am-2pm.
Feast Friday School Day (9/23) We expect over 2,500 excited children to attend. Share your special talents and love of history with young people by becoming involved in School Day and mentoring these elementary school level Feast visitors and living history enthusiasts of tomorrow. This activity runs from 10am-2pm.