March 18 2013 12:00 AM

Meridian Heritage Festival takes place Saturday

Thursday, Sept. 22 — More than 2,000
people are expected to pour into Meridian Historical Village this Saturday for
the Meridian Heritage Festival.

The annual festival is hosted by the
Meridian Township Parks & Recreation Department, the Friends of Historic
Meridian and the Nokomis Native American Cultural Center. This year’s theme will be based on the
customs, games and cuisine of the Civil War period.

“A vintage baseball game will be played at the soccer field
behind the farmers market,” said recreation specialist Greg Grothouse. “Two teams, one from Chelsea and the
other from Midland, will be playing the game according to rules from the year
1860. It should be interesting to
see how the sport was played right around that time period.”

Michael Rosencrans, manager of the
Nokomis Native American Cultural Center, says he will be sharing his heritage
to visitors in addition to the traditional American aspect of the
festival. “We have a small pow wow
scheduled at noon and a storytelling at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.,” Rosencrans
said. He also mentioned that there
could possibly be a Native American cuisine booth near the Nokomis Native
American art gallery that will display hand-woven baskets and a private art

Michigan State University student Aka
Akapelwa will be attending the festival this weekend and says he’s been
frequenting Meridian Township events since he came to the U.S. for college two
years ago. Akapelwa says that he and a handful of his friends who are
international students enjoy going to local events.

“It’s one of the good parts about going
to school in another country. We get to see different cultures,” Akapelwa said.

Other activities, depending on the weather,
may include youth barn raising, croquet and horseshoes, pony riding and cider
tasting. The Meridian Township Farmers’ Market, Crafters’ Marketplace and Fine
Art Fair will also be at the festival, presenting products from a variety of
local vendors.

Meridian Heritage Festival

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

5151 Marsh Road, Okemos