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Annual Lewis and Clark Festival this weekend

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Let the Lewis and Clark Festival take you back to a time of buckskinners and exploration at its 33rd annual celebration, June 9-11. The event is held at Lewis and Clark State Park outside of Onawa in western Iowa.  

The buckskinners’ rendezvous recreates the time period when explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark traveled the Missouri River on their expedition west.  The park, named for the explorers, is the site of their August 10, 1804 encampment.

The festival, hosted by the Friends of Lewis and Clark State Park, features buckskinners in frontier dress, historic demonstrations and activities, music and food.

The full-sized reproduction of Lewis and Clark's keelboat, Discovery, constructed by local volunteers and park staff, will be on display. Keelboat rides will be given twice on Saturday, on a first-come first-served basis at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m., depending on the weather.

The park’s visitors center, with its historical displays and replica boats, will be open to the public throughout the weekend.

The Lewis and Clark festival is open to the public and activities are free. Food is available to purchase throughout the weekend, including a pancake feed on Sunday morning from 7:30-10:00 a.m.

For a full schedule of events and more information visit