The annual Trail of Tears Native American Pow Wow got underway Saturday morning and continues Sunday at the park on East Ninth Street.
Rain didn’t stop the drums or the dancers in full regalia from filling the Trails of Tears Park with sound and stories of history and culture. President of Trail of Tears Commission Jimmy Dossett says they’re used to rain at the Pow Wow, which will continue no matter what as they celebrate and remember the Native Americans who lost their lives on the Trail of Tears.
He says there will be vendors, pony rides, dancing and programs all weekend, with grand entry Sunday at 1 p.m. and all money raised goes to benefit the park.
Despite the rain lingering in the air, large crowds filled the park. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 through six years of age and under six years old get in free. Parking is also free. The gates open at 10 a.m. on Sunday.