Feast of the Hunters’ Moon: A 23-year tradition for one family

23 year old tradition at the Feast of the Hunters' Moon
23 year old tradition at the Feast of the Hunters' Moon

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — For some who attend the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, it’s just a weekend activity. For others, it’s a family tradition.

This is the 23rd year Arlene Tatum and her family and friends participated together in the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon.

“It’s really truly about creating families and tradition,” Tatum said.

The event is a re-creation of the French and Native American gathering that took place in the 1700s. Tatum helps set up a booth that sells water, desperation pie and the only vegetarian meal at the event.

“It started with a little bitty tent and a little bitty booth, and we have expanded and grown,” Tatum said.

The group starts preparing hours before guests arrive. Some slice and dice while others cook and set everything up. The entire process brings them all together.

“It’s in my blood,” said Tatum. “I probably will pass it on in a couple years to the younger generation and probably still be involved somehow.”

Tatum says that close to 85 people will help run the noodleables tent this weekend. They will donate 50 percent of the money they make to Boy Scout Troop 338.

One of the youngest volunteers is Jada Scegell.

“I feel like this whole place is my family because I’ve been here so long, and my dads grown up with them technically because they’re in Boy Scouts with him,” said Scegells.

Scegells said she started coming when she was a baby. She’s now 11.

“I love this event,” said Scegells. “It’s pretty fun dressing up and coming out here.”

Tatum said it’s important to have traditions and bring the family to this event.

“Come out and participate. Come out and just enjoy. It’s an amazing time, and my theory is if you don’t find something you like here, you’re not trying — because there’s everything,” Tatum said.