Clevelanders get the opportunity to travel back in time and witness what residing in Ohio was like between 1790 - 1810 (just a few years after it attained statehood) when they attend the 33rd annual Fair at New Boston being held at George Rogers Clark Park in Springfield.
This family-friendly, historical and educational adventure event brings Ohio frontier life alive for visitors as they venture back in time more than 200 years. Featuring costumed characters, period music, dance, historical re-enactors and old fashioned food, the Fair at New Boston has activities that will delight all ages and interests. Special Historical Note: The Fair is held on the historical site of the Battle of Peckuwe and on the site of the former Shawnee villages of Peckuwe and Kispoko and later the town of New Boston.
Each day, the Fair opens with the arrival of Revolutionary War hero General "George Rogers Clark" on horseback. Other famous historical figures that visitors can meet and greet include "George Shannon" and "Daniel Boone." Visitors can witness demonstrations of cannons firing several times during the day by the Mad River Light Artillery with their full-sized Revolutionary War cannons. Each afternoon there will be a battle reenactment complete with militia on foot and on horses, Shawnee warriors, British troops and cannons. After the battle, make sure you pay a visit to the militia camps.
At the marketplace surrounding the public square you can find demonstrations of skills including blacksmithing, butter churning, cheese making, linen making and the making of lanterns by the tinsmith. There will also be a variety of merchants offering items for purchase including dried flowers, pottery, herbs, jewelry, handmade chairs and clothing from the frontier era.
Other attractions and entertainment at the Fair at New Boston include Dr. Balthasar's Traveling Medicine Show, Jack Salt & the Captain's Daughter, the Slackrope Walker and the Liberty Dancers performing dances of the time period. And be sure to check out the performances by the International Theater Troupe "Mummer Show". The Festival will also be presenting a 17th century play. Also, be sure to catch the launch of a hot air balloon (made from paper and ink) from the front of the market area (weather permitting).
There will be several colonial taverns (The Black Horse, Littlejohn's and the Hickory) on location and visitors can enjoy some period music where musicians playing guitar, mandolins, violins and bagpipes will be performing, moving from tavern to tavern. There will also be a coffee house (The Dancing Goats) where you can enjoy beverages like lemonade, iced tea, sassparilla and beer (21 years of age and older).
Guests will also be able to visit a Woodland Indian Village where they can watch demonstrations of Native dance and drumming, brain tanning, traditional quillwork, finger weaving and net making. There will also be a Falconer demonstration and a bow shooting contest. And don't miss the chance to see Tecumseh and the Prophet.
Lots of 18th century food will be served and sold at the Fair including turkey legs, grilled pork chops, bison on a roll, ham on biscuits, chicken & noodles, corn chowder, ham & beans with cornbread, green beans & potatoes and for dessert, fresh raspberries with cream, fresh peaches & poundcake, cream puffs and gingerbread with whipped cream.
For those visitors wishing to stay overnight in the area, check out the Country Inn & Suites located at 1751 West 1st Street in Springfield.
Hours for the Fair at New Boston are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for active military personnel with an ID and $3 for children (6-11). Children 5 and under are free. Parking is free and plentiful.
The Fair at New Boston is located at George Rogers Clark Park at 930 S. Tecumseh Rd. in Springfield, Ohio. Springfield is 188 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 3 hour drive.