Koh Koh Mah and Foster
If You Build It - They Will Come!
By Jim Cummings
On a promise made to a friend - we started out to Kokomo, Indiana to attend the Living History Event entitled Koh Koh Mah and Foster.
This is a French and Indian War Event. I have been hearing good things about this event for the past several years. One of the things I had heard was that about 1,000 re-enactors and sutlers register annually for this event. I have never heard figures as to the attending public but the area is nicely wooded with plenty of room for both camps and spectators.
The founder and organizer of this event is Bob Auth. Along with his staff of volunteers they do a great job as evidenced by the parking area when we arrived. Volunteers were on hand to direct the parking, shuttles to take those unable to walk, and a lot of friendly faces to help answer any questions.
But picture this if you will. This event is located 10 miles from Kokomo, Indiana and 30 miles from Lafayette. If you have ever seen Kevin Costner in the movie “Field of Dreams” you will better understand the set up here. Bob Auth has had to have a real sense of vision and a whole lot of faith.
For to understand his vision you must understand where this event is located. Smack, dab in the middle of a corn field. Corn to the left of you, corn to the right of you and corn in front and behind you. This is not a little patch of corn in your home garden, this is big business corn. Corn everywhere. And where there is not corn, there are fields of soy beans. Fields and fields of them.
And like the corn in the song from the musical Oklahoma, “the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye.” And I am not exaggerating. Corn was peeping out over the tops of the cars and trailers in the re-enactors and sutler’s parking areas. Over the 8 ft high, trailers and trucks!
Bob Auth really must have had that thought - if you build it they will come. And come they did. In droves. He started the event out small and it has grown each year. Like all events they come for the camaraderie, to see old friends and new. They come for the history. For the history of Indiana and for the history that is being made at such a large event.