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Koh-Koh-Mah/Foster turns 15 Historical encampment brings battles, crafts, and more to Howard Co. It has been 15 years since Bob Auth opened his property in western Howard County for the Koh-Koh-Mah/Foster Historical Encampment. The event has grown so much that is barely re- sembles that first event in September 2001. I never had any idea we would be this big, said Auth. We had maybe 150 re-enactors our first year, and that might be exaggerating a bit. To see where it has gone, to more than 1,000 re-enactors taking part, its enjoyable. Weve al- ways had good support from the community, and thanks to the Kokomo Perspective for all of your help. It has been nice to be teamed up with you all of these years. More than 1,000 re- enactors will populate the forest of western Howard County on Sept. 18-20 to bring the French and Indian War to life as part of the 15th annual encampment. As in past years, Auth promises new features and plen- ty of excitement at the event. Were excited this year; we have 60-70 dem- onstrations, said Auth. We have a guy doing gun stock engravings. We have a woman com- ing in to do scrimshaw, and we have a tailor coming in who will do a workshop on button hole making. It may sound simple, but it was quite a feat back in those days to put in a button hole that worked. We have a cartogra- pher and a person mak- ing different styles of arrows that were used by the different Native American tribes, like the Potowatomi and the Del- aware. They all had their unique way. The public also will be able to learn how to make handkerchiefs and powder horns and watch horse and artillery demonstrations. Auth is particularly excited for a pair of demonstrations that spectators wont want to miss. There will be a long- bow competition for the re-enactors this year, said Auth. It will take place down in the am- phitheater. And we will have the oxen driver back again this year. Other notable events taking place over the two days include a childrens parade on Saturday, plenty of period music, a Sunday morning church service, tomahawk throwing, and appear- ances by Chief Koh-Koh- Mah and David Foster. The three-day event kicks offon Friday, Sept. 18, with a school field trip day. More than 1,500 fourth graders from the central Indiana region will spend the day learn- ing about French, British, and Native American culture from the 18th century, as re-enactors from all across the nation play out gun battles, set up camp, and practice the craft skills common in that time. The public is invited to take part on Sept. 19- 20 as the encampment comes alive with food, demonstrations, and a host of activities. Naturally, most people attend the encampment for the battles. Two skir- mishes between the Brit- ish and French will take place on Saturday and another on Sunday, and the air will be filled with smoke and the booming of guns and cannons. And one of the fights will be played out as a battle of opportunity where the outcome will be de- termined on the field in- stead of by a script. As always, Brian Wil- son choreographs all of the battles, said Auth. He says sometimes its like keeping porcu- pines warm on a winters night, but he does a great job. In fact, the battles have become so successful that they are gaining na- tional attention in the re- enactment circuit, Auth explained. Were running in the big leagues now. Im told by many people they en- joy coming to Koh-Koh- Mah because of the way it operates. We probably have the most authen- tic Indian village going, and Ive been told we have the most authen- tic battles. We're being mentioned in the same breath as Ft. Ticonderoga and Ft. Niagara with our battles. We go through 100 pounds of black powder just for the cannons. We have a few new military groups joining us this year. That keeps it inter- esting. Were excited for another fun year. Tickets for the en- campment are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. Children under age 5 are admit- ted free. For additional information, directions to the encampment, and a schedule of events, visit www.kohkohmah.com. kokomoperspective.com A2 Kokomo Perspective September 16, 2015 Perspective Photo / Jenn Goad FACILITY - Through minimal modifications, the field was ready for play. File photo FIRED UP - Thousands will attend and participate in this weekend's Koh-Koh-Mah/ Foster Historical Encampment, with mock battles taking center stage. Soccer continued from A1 by Pat Munsey Editor pmunsey@kokomoperspective.com Steven Short of PDL. Ma- jor League Soccer (MLS) teams see the viability of having a U23 squad, so you see teams like the Se- attle Sounders, Portland Timbers, and Chicago Fire use the PDL as a develop- ment platform. Five players are allowed from each NCAA college on one PDL team, which gives collegiate programs the opportunity to have players improve their skills during the sum- mer and return to school game-day ready. Currently, there are 189 players on MLS teams who have experience in the PDL for an average of 9.45 players per team. The percentage is higher for United Soccer League teams that have an aver- age of 12.25 PDL play- ers per team (295 current players). In the last six years, I believe, 70 percent of the players taken in the MLS super draftcome from the PDL. Its unbelievable for us, and we continue to see that number grow. Were very proud of that num- ber, and wed like to see it increase, Short said. Soccer is rapidly be- coming one of the most popular sports in Amer- ica. With this new PDL team our residents, and visitors to our community, can enjoy the beautiful game right here in Koko- mo, said City of Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. Kokomo Municipal Sta- dium is already a key amenity for our city, and this new PDL expansion soccer team is a terrific new addition to the stadi- um and our city. I want to thank the PDL for choos- ing Kokomo for their new- est expansion team and thank MKE Sports and Entertainment for their work in bringing this new family-friendly activity to our city. Kokomo has what we look for as the right thing. Great ownership, a great community that has proven to support their local sports teams, and a great facility, said Short. When you combine those three things, those are three of our primary fac- tors that we look for. And then you start to incorpo- rate the local player. There will always be spots open for the local players. Now you can come watch the stars of tomorrow and the hometown kid, and hope- fully the hometown kid becomes the star of tomor- row. The season runs from May to August.

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