A collection of black powder firearms owned by Iuka resident Mark Linder. The long rifle at the top of the group is an authentic 1829 Civil War-Era percussion rifle, passed down from his Grandfather.
Iuka Wilderness Days Filled With Smoke, Fire, and Fun
The group travels all across Illinois, setting up camp and putting on demonstrations of life in the 1810's, including bow and arrow shooting, campfires, homemade vegetable chowder, and Tomahawk Throwing.
The event also featured BB Gun Shooting as well as black powder rifle demonstrations. Black Powder rifles were last used in the Civil War era. Iuka resident Mark Linder said that in order to join the military in those days, you had to have two teeth right next to one another in order to rip open the powder bag to reload your rifle quickly. A talented soldier could fire about three rounds a minute.
The 17th Illinois Rangers also set up an authentic steel forge and displayed hand-made furniture and knives.
Several vendors also took part in the event along with a sizable tractor display. The Iuka Lady Pirates sports teams sponsored a dunk tank and kid's were able to compete in a pedal tractor pull. Part of the proceeds from the event went to benefit the Iuka Park.
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