VCPRD Programs

 2021 Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department
Programs & Special Events

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Maple Syrup Guessing Competition
Monday, Jan. 3 to Monday, Feb. 28
Online Event
All Ages & Free

The Vigo County Parks Department is gearing up for its third annual Maple Syrup Guessing Competition! Beginning Monday, January 3rd, we challenge you to guess the potential total syrup production in gallons (gal) for 2022!

To be valid, your guess must be sent to the VCPRD Facebook page through Facebook messenger. Submissions made as comments or posts to our page on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter will NOT be accepted.

The final date for submissions will be Monday, February 28th at midnight. We will select a winner once the tapping season has ended and our maintenance staff produces a total final yield of maple syrup production!

The Facebook account whose guess is closest to the nearest gallon will receive a free quart-sized bottle of maple syrup! Good luck!

(Hint: in previous years, our total syrup production has varied greatly. Our total yield has ranged from 0 to 600 gallons. Warmer tapping seasons yield fewer gallons of maple syrup.)

Blacksmithing Classes
Fowler Park Pioneer Village Blacksmith Shop
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ages 10 and up
(Ages 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone throughout the duration of the class)
Registration Required
$60 per person

Work with experienced blacksmiths to learn how to operate a blacksmith forge, understand the parts of an anvil, and the uses for various hand tools in the blacksmith shop. Each participant will shape metal using learned techniques including forging a curve, twist, point, square – octagon – round taper, cutting stock, heating techniques, and fire management. Participants must not wear synthetic clothing for this class. Participants will be standing the majority of the day. Chairs will be provided for periods of rest. The class fee includes class materials and lunch for each participant/ chaperone. To register call 812-462-3392 or email our Natural Resource Programmer at

Summer in the Village
Fowler Park Pioneer Village
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
All Ages!
Free Entry

Join us for Summer in the Village as our Pioneers open their cabins for all to explore. We are always looking for volunteers to join us in the Village. Summer in the Village is a great opportunity to talk with current volunteers and check out the different skills and activities you might like to learn. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like more information about the Fowler Park Pioneer Village please contact our Natural Resource Programmer at 812-462-3392 or

50th Annual Pioneer Days
Fowler Park Pioneer Village
Saturday, October 1st – Sunday, October 2nd
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All Ages!
$5 per Vehicle

Join the VCPRD on October 1 & 2 as we step back in time during our 50th annual Pioneer Days. Experience the way of life lived by Pioneers of Indiana during the 1800s-1840s. There will be children’s activities, live music, hands-on activities, authentic food, vendors, historical cabins & covered bridge, demonstrations, pioneer skills presentations, musical performers, and much more! Come on out to Fowler Park for Pioneer Days… Making History Fun for 50 years!

Fowler Park Hayride!
Fowler Park Log Barn
Friday, October 28th
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
All Ages!
$3 Tickets

Join the VCPRD on Friday, October 28th at Fowler Park from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for family-friendly hayrides! Rides will leave from the Foltz Cabin directly across from the Fowler Park Log Barn. Tickets are $3 per person. This event is open to all ages and includes a brief ride through the Fowler Park Pioneer Village and around the park! If you have questions about this event, please call our administrative office at 812-462-3392 or email our Rec Coordinator at! We hope to see you there!

Fowler Park After Dark
Fowler Park Log Barn
Friday, October 28th
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Ages 13+
$5 Registration Fee

Be afraid, be very afraid and join us for the third annual Fowler Park After Dark! On Friday, October 28th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the VCPRD will be offering a haunted Halloween tour through Fowler Park Pioneer Village! Participants will meet at the Fowler Park Log Barn and will be guided through the village if they dare! Ghosts and ghouls lurk around every corner!

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for this event, please call our administrative office at 812-462-3392 or email our Rec Coordinator at! Happy haunting!

NOTE: Tours will begin at 7:30 p.m. Parking is available in the barn parking lot. Auxiliary parking is available in the beach parking lot. There is a 10 participant maximum for each guided tour so make sure to arrive early to get registered! The registration fee for this event is $5 and can be paid upon arrival! This is a haunted event and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. Thanks in advance!