Oskaloosa Old Jefferson Town, a village that re-creates early Jefferson County settlements, will hold its first Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the opening of the town for the tourist season.
Phyllis Cooper, an Ozawkie woman organizing the festival, said 24 crafters have reserved space at the festival, and there's still room for more. Several will line the boardwalk along the buildings, demonstrating their crafts, including bobbin lace making, wheat weaving, wool spinning and chainsaw wood carving.
The festival also will feature children's games, a quilt and doll show, a Jefferson County Art Guild all-member show, food and live entertainment.
Visitors can take a ride on a "space machine," which creates the feeling of being weightless in space, Cooper said.
Lighthouse Group, from Meriden, will play gospel music from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; Don and Carol Trower, Atchison, will perform country gospel from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and Country Classics, Baldwin, will perform from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
The American Legion will hold a flag-raising ceremony at 10 a.m. each morning of the festival, and Oskaloosa Tae Kwon Do members will perform from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.
All buildings at the village will have a volunteer on hand to conduct tours.
Old Jefferson Town is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. every weekend or by appointment until the fall closing festival, Sept. 28 and 29.