Area residents will get a chance to experience winter travel in the days before snowplows as Old Fort Niagara hosts its annual Snowshoe Festival on Saturday, Jan. 15.
The program will feature a snowshoe patrol, woods battle, demonstrations of the Native American game of snow snakes, 18th century artisans and crafts, a snowshoe workshop and hot refreshments.
Ongoing demonstrations of 18th century winter life will take place inside the fort from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. At 1 p.m., the New York State Parks interpretive office will present a brief program on the history of the snowshoe. This will be followed at 2 p.m. by a snowshoe patrol that culminates in a woods battle outside the fort.
Activities inside the fort are included in the regular admission of $10 for adults and $6 for children 6-12. Those wishing to accompany the snowshoe patrol should call the fort in advance at 745-7611 to make reservations. A snowshoe rental fee of $1 in addition to fort admission will be charged for those venturing out on the patrol.
The Snowshoe Festival is a collaborative program sponsored by Old Fort Niagara and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.