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The Audrain County Historical Society, the City of Mexico Tourism Commission and Missouri Humanities Council invite you to the 19th ANNUAL

Walk Back In Time!

September 22-September 24, 2023


Walk Back In Time
The premier living history festival in the Midwest!  


At this family-friendly, living history festival where visitors can walk from camp to camp and experience life during the civil war, wild west, 1770s colonists or WWII. Reenactors are encamped Friday through Sunday and live as they would have in each time period.  Listen to presenters on the main stage, eat some great food, enjoy live music and absorb all the history we have to offer!

***Attention Thinkers & Artists ***

T-Shirt Design Contest

Walk Back In Time Is Looking for a T-Shirt Design for 2O23! We want your Designs and Ideas!


Walk Back In Time 2O23 will be feature the OLD WEST, with stagecoaches, Conestoga wagons, cowboys, Native Americans and Snake-oil salesmen. Designs can only be 10 inches wide and 13 inches tall on the front of the shirt. The back of the shirt is reserved for the sponsor. Keep in mind that the printer typically uses only one or two ink colors. Sometimes simple can be more effective and identifiable in a design. Think about what WBIT means to you, iconic images from the event, stories that encapsulate the festival or connect to historical moments. You may enter more than one design. The design selected will have the individual’s name printed on the tee, an article will be profiled in the newspaper, and your design will be on every shirt sold! We hope to get sponsorship for prize money too!!!  So, start designing and make sure we receive them by May 31, 2023.

You can send you designs by email, mail or in person to:   OR   

Audrain Historical Society     T-shirt Contest     501 S. Muldrow     Mexico MO 65265

New in 2023!


Join us for more...

Wild West Gunfights, Joe Long as Tom Bass, Clint Winn as Mark Twain, 

Ruben Bolton as Francis Key Scott

World War II & Civil War Reenactments

Vikings in America, Pirates, Colonists, Mountain Men, Pony Express,

Native Americans, Cowboys, Civil War, Wild West, WWI, Suffragettes,

WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War

    In addition to our traditional little western town of South Fork, our Walk Back in Time (WBIT) Festival will highlight the Old West, with a Stagecoach, Conestoga, Prairie Schooner, chuck wagons, snake oil salesman, Civil War ambulance, and more! We welcome “Stagecoach Journey” with Rick and Bev Hamby and crew. His original stagecoach was built in the 1880s in Concord, New Hampshire and then sent to the rugged West to carry passengers and mail on its circuit. Rick and Bev, with the crew, will entertain guests with tales of this historic coach and what its life was really like.

Included in our special Old West sector is 1800s mortician, Phil Woolfolk and blacksmith, Sean George. Dusty James and Abalone Pearl will regale us with tunes from the rugged trails.

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8:00AM-2:30PM:     Walk Back in Time Education Day 

Teachers can learn more about activities & registration by clicking HERE!

*Reservations by school are required to attend*

Proudly sponsored by Consolidated Electric Cooperative

and Moberly Area Community College

4:00-8:00PM: Historical Camps Open to Public

4:30-8:00PM: Historical Society's Fish & Chicken Fry

Attention ALL Reenactors/Traders/Vendors:

PLEASE REGISTER BY EMAIL BELOW! Even if you are a long-time participant, confirm as soon as you are certain of your attendance. Space is limited.


*Calling for WWI Reenactors: contact*

Historical traders only

Earliest set-up is Thursday, Sept. 22.

No modern camping on the grounds. 

WBIT features many food vendors each year. If you would like to participate as a food vendor, please contact Janice at 573-581-3910 BEFORE filling out or mailing the application. We have limited space & can only accommodate so many. Click the links below to download applications.

For additional info, please call 573-581-3910. Please do not

send in any forms until you have called the number above

and ask for Janice.

Food Vendors

Check Out Photos from Walk Back In Time Here!

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Walk Back

In Time Schedule 2021

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