The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon was an immense success this weekend.
The Feast, which is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering that occurred between French fur traders and Native Americans in the mid-1700s, is a central event of the West Lafayette community.
It has been taking place at Fort Ouiatenon, along the banks of the Wabash River, for 49 years.
Many people look forward to it every year, and they come rain or shine.
Vendors come from far away to attend this event, and numerous people camp out at Fort Ouiatenon too.
There are numerous things to do at the Feast, like eating buffalo burgers and turkey legs, petting goats, drinking root beer, listening to the colonial bands, witnessing Rodney the Younger’s astounding magic tricks, playing colonial games, and shopping for hand-crafted goods.
But attendees should be careful with their spending, because nothing is cheap.
Tickets were $13 for adults and $7 for children under the age of 17.
Some Harrison students may have had some trouble attending this year, because it was the same weekend as Homecoming, as well as Contest for the marching band.
However, many still made the effort to come and volunteer.
Some donned colonial gear, selling delicious food, while others sold tickets at the front gates.
Max Malavenda was one of those volunteers.
“I’ve been going to the Feast since I was little with my friends, but now I go with my friends,” says Malavenda.
“My favorite part of the Feast is all of the food you can't normally get anywhere else, like the buffalo burgers or the croquignoles.”
Malavenda helped out on Sunday and notes that despite the forecast for rain that day, there were still a lot of people.
There was a Catholic and Protestant mass along the Wabash that day, which contributed to the influx of people.
Malavenda, a senior, says he plans to continue attending the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon even if he goes to college far away.
It is safe to say that the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon is one of the most treasured events in the West Lafayette community.