The day began with a flag ceremony. You can't tell from this angle but the flag has fifteen stars AND fifteen stripes for the number of states in the union when the expedition started. They also sang a song other than the national anthem we know, since it wasn't written until the War of 1812.
Schnickelfritz gets to examine the keel-boat used by the reenactors during their bicentennial journey to trace the route of Lewis and Clark. (Don't tell anyone but their is a motor hidden in the boxlike structure on the deck).
An addition to this year's demonstration was a regiment of His Majesty's first artillery. Gun control proponents would be appalled to learn the kids got to help light the cannon (not Fritz, he needed both hands to cover his ears). It's a good thing the event is done in the winter or the repeated cannon blasts would have shaken the grapes off the arbors across the creek.
Captain Lewis and President Jefferson explain the mission of the corps and how they gathered and recorded information. It was a very cold day and the president borrowed a coat from one of the corpsmen.
The most popular outdoor activity was learning how to start a fire with flint and steel (it may have had something to do with the proximity to the cooking fire). They had just put the leg of lamb on the spit when Schnickelfritz blurted out "Hey, that meat is shaped like South America." He's such a geography nut.
Finally an indoor workshop. This man either loves to interact with kids or he's really excited about frontier medicine. Here he is preparing to pull one of Fritz's teeth.
Here he demonstrating removing a bullet from an arm. Unfortunately gangrene set in and he's going to have to amputate (does the boy in green look like he's getting queasy?)