New sounds will mingle with old favorites this year at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival as several new groups join the festival's entertainment lineup.
Continuous musical entertainment is featured both days on the festival stage, while musicians, quilters, dancers and historical figures will entertain throughout the weekend in the festival's demonstration tent.
This year's festival, the 38th annual, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, at Hier's Park.
A complete schedule of festival events is available online at www.pioneerfestival.org .
Here's what festival-goers can expect in the way of entertainment:
• Those arriving early to the festival on Saturday will be greeted by the sounds of Shakin' Hammers String Band, set to perform on the outdoor stage at 10 a.m. in its first appearance at the Pioneer Festival.
Shakin' Hammers, based in Centreville, MI, consists of Corkie and Jack Wallen and Jennifer and Lane Laffoon.
Their repertoire includes old time, celtic, swing, minstrel and even some '50s and '60s folk.
• Hometown musician Jamie Olinger, a staple at past festivals, returns this year with shows on both Saturday and Sunday. Both performances are at 11 a.m. on the outdoor stage.
• The Roanoke Rounders bring bluegrass and old-time music to the festival stage Saturday at 1:15 p.m. and again on Sunday at 3 p.m. They call themselves "just a little bluegrass, folk, ragtime, vaudeville, classical, you-name-it band."
Band members Paul Kioebge, Kent Roe, Denver Marrow, Denny Alles and Matt Rupley - the latter two regulars at Alles Barn Dances - host monthly music jams in Columbia City. Before getting together with the Rounders, Marrow played with Joe Taylor and the Red Birds.
• Common Ground, a traditional acoustic band, is new to the festival this year and will perform on stage Saturday at 4 p.m.
Made up of a carpenter, a natural gas pumping station operator, a pastor and an IT student, Common Ground plays gospel, bluegrass, country and folk - old favorites that remind listeners of the past.
• The Stockdale Family Band, from Bolivar, OH, features Tim Stockdale and sons Jacob Stockdale - the Ohio state grand champion fiddler - and James Stockdale.
The three-man band performs a combination of bluegrass and gospel, with a touch of Appalachian music and comedy.
The Stockdales will perform on stage Sunday at 10 a.m. and again at noon in the demonstration tent.
• The German Duo, another group new to the Pioneer Festival, will entertain on stage Sunday at 1 p.m.
• Amnesia brings a taste of barbershop harmony to the Pioneer Festival with its performance on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the demonstration tent.
Amnesia is among the quartets that formed after the Barbershop Harmony Society created its seniors division - where each group must include four men over age 55 with a combined age of at least 240 years.
Both Dan Johnson (lead) and Jeff Goshorn (baritone) have been assistant directors within the Fort Wayne Summit City Chorus. They are joined by the co-director of the South Bend/Mishawaka Valleyaires Chorus, Tom Schneider (tenor). Amnesia's bass is Bob Whitacre of Kokomo, who doesn't direct anything but sings with both the Kokomo and Indianapolis chapters.
• Magician Jim Snapp, who comes to the festival from his home near Wabash, will bring his magic to the festival on Saturday, Sept. 28. He'll spend most of the day wandering the festival grounds, putting on impromptu magic shows. Twice during the day, at 11 a.m. and again at 4 p.m., he'll put on formal shows in the demonstration tent at the festival.
Snapp, who performed his first magic trick in 1945, taught math at Peru High School for 40 years. He retired in 2000 and now teaches part time at Ivy Tech.
• Huntington musician Stephanie Shultz entertains frequently throughout the area and offers private music lessons through her Cottonwood Music Studio. She is equally at home playing the flute or piano as she is making music with gourds and other things that shake and rattle.
Shultz will be seen throughout the grounds, with formal performances scheduled in the demonstration tent on Saturday at noon and on Sunday at 4 p.m. She'll also be featured on stage Sunday at noon.
• Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, will be brought to life by Huntington businessman Gib Young. Young began assuming Roosevelt's mantle a decade ago and has portrayed the president for audiences from New York to Wyoming.
Young will bring his version of Roosevelt to the Pioneer Festival's demonstration tent Saturday and Sunday, at 1 p.m. both days.
• Another historical figure, Johnny Appleseed, will appear at the festival in the person of Steve McPhail. McPhail, a history teacher at Mississinewa High School, says he tries to portray Johnny Appleseed as accurately as possible carrying a bag of seeds to hand out but purposely not wearing a tin pan on his head - the tin pan hat, he says is a Disney invention.
McPhail, acting as Johnny Appleseed, will tell his stories on Sunday, at 11 am. and 3 p.m., in the demonstration tent. The rest of the day, he'll be strolling throughout the park.
• The Applejack Cloggers, a Fort Wayne-based dance group, has been clogging since 1992 and has made several previous appearances at the Pioneer Festival.
The group will demonstrate clog dancing - an American dance form that began in the Appalachian Mountains - on Saturday at noon on stage, and at 2 p.m. in the demonstration tent.
• The Piece Makers Quilt Club, a group of Huntington-area quilters, will demonstrate the necessary pioneer art of quiltmaking on both Saturday and Sunday.
Quilting demonstrations are set for 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, both in the demonstration tent.
• More musicians strolling the grounds include Darlene Hackett, playing the hammered dulcimer, and Mark and Liza Woolever, with old-time tunes and instruments.
• Top banjo and fiddle players will compete for the title of "best of the festival" during the weekend. The fiddle contest kicks off Saturday at 3 p.m., with the banjo contest set for Saturday at 2 p.m. Both contests are on the stage.
Complete caption: The Roanoke Rounders return to the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival for performances on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 1:15 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. Members are (from left) Denny Alles, Matt Rupley, Paul Kioebge, Denver Marrow and Kent Roe.