September 12, 2020 --- Please consider supporting Fort Vallonia days by pledging donations to your local United Way. You can designate your United Way donation for Fort Vallonia days as a local non-for-profit organization. Your financial support through the United Way will help our organization pay for routine utility and maintenance costs that are normally covered by Festival income. We appreciate the community's ongoing support and look to seeing you at Fort Vallonia Days 2021! Stay healthy and safe.

July 15, 2020 --- After much thought and careful consideration, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Fort Vallonia Days festival. With the current restrictions on mass gatherings and the unknown of what may happen between now and October, the Fort Vallonia Days Festival Committee and Fort Vallonia Days Board of Directors all agree that canceling the festival is in the best interest of our volunteers, vendors, and patrons. We look forward to having a wonderful festival next year. We'll see you the Third Weekend in October 2021!!!

Vallonia was settled by the French in the late 1700's. Around 1810, the Indians became belligerent toward the settlers. At that time General William Henry Harrison, then Governor of Indiana, ordered a fort built to protect the 90 families in the area. As records tell us, there were no actual pictures taken of the fort, but descriptions and specifications of the fort have been preserved in public records.

In 1968, several interested men began talking about rebuilding a replica of the old Fort at their bi-monthly meeting of the local Lions Club. From this, the idea snow-balled. In 1969, the first Fort Vallonia Day celebration brought 3,000 fun seeking folk to little Vallonia. The museum was dedicated and the posts were set to swing the gates for the fort in 1972. The addition of a pavilion with a stage was built in 1985. 1991 brought the completion of the Garrison House in the center of the fort grounds.

Vallonia is justly proud of its heritage that predates the birth of the state. That is why we will be bursting at the seams with people the 3rd weekend in October, at the annual celebration of Fort Vallonia Days. The purpose of the observance is to raise money, with which to maintain the upkeep of the Fort, grounds, museum, and to purchase more property to aid the annual celebration.

This year our festival has great expectations for another huge success. There will be lots of craft booths, food booths, flea markets and entertainment for adult and children alike. Activities include, but are not limited to: Mick Gray Memorial Trail Ride, Wes Hartley Memorial Muzzle Loading Shoot, Archery Shoot, Brownstown Exchange Club 5k Walk / Run, Persimmon Pudding Eating Contest, Baking Contest, Baby Contest, Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Anything Goes Kid's Obstacle Course, United Way Free Flu Vaccine Shots, Horseshoe Pitch, Tomahawk / Knife Throw, and a variety of different Demonstrators. With crowds estimated as large as 30,000, Fort Vallonia Days is one of the premier fall festivals in southern Indiana!

Please Note ==> All pets must be on a leash. Please be responsible for pet waste and behavior out of respect for all festival patrons.

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