People are invited to step back in history and enjoy a time of simpler pleasures by attending two festivals this coming weekend.

The annual Log Cabin Day Festival and the Houston Fall Festival will both take place Saturday and include old-fashioned fun, food and fellowship.

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Log Cabin Day Festival

Log Cabin Day is conducted at Myers Cabin, located in Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, east of Seymour. The event serves as the kickoff to National Wildlife Refuge Week and is sponsored by the Muscatatuck Wildlife Society, a nonprofit group of volunteers that supports the refuge.Activities run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include a free ham and bean lunch cooked in a big iron kettle over a fire, bluegrass music, a blacksmith demonstration, old-time crafts, wildlife exhibits, children’s activities and much more.

An area of the refuge next to the Myers Cabin that is typically closed to the public, will be open to visitors during the event and a shuttle will take people to view an eagle’s nest.

A special part of Log Cabin Day this year will focus on monarch butterflies, including demonstrations, exhibits and activities located outside the refuge visitor center.

Houston Fall Festival

The 21st annual Houston Fall Festival will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the old Houston School.There will be a 5K walk/run at 8 a.m. with registration and check-in at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $25.

Other activities include a tractor drive at 10 a.m., a greased pig contest at 2 p.m., food including ham, beans and cornbread, craft and vendor booths, a bake sale, music and wagon rides.

The festival serves as a fundraiser to restore and maintain the Houston community’s former schoolhouse.

Today, the schoolhouse is used as a gathering place for anniversary celebrations and other events, including a monthly community supper.

If you go

Log Cabin Day Festival

Where: Myers Cabin in the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Cost: Free

For more information email Muscatatuck@fws.gov or call 812-522-4352.

Houston Fall Festival

When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: old Houston schoolhouse

Cost: admission is free

For more information email houstonfallfestival@gmail.com or call 812-530-7060.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.