Clevelanders get the chance to step back in time and witness what living in Ohio was like in 1811, just a few years after it attained statehood, when they attend the 29th annual Fair at New Boston at George Rogers Clark Park in Springfield, Ohio on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4. It is approximately a 3 hour drive from Cleveland to Springfield.
Fair at New Boston This 2-day, family-friendly, educational, historical adventure event brings Ohio frontier life alive for visitors as they ‘time travel” back 200 years. Featuring 800 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.
The Fair each day opens with the arrival of Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark on horseback. Another famous historical figure that visitors can meet and greet will be Daniel Boone. Visitors can witness demonstrations of cannon firing several times during the day by the Mad River Light Artillery with their full-sized Revolutionary War cannon.
Each afternoon there will be a battle reenactment complete with militia on foot and on horses, Shawnee warriors, British troops and cannons.
At the marketplace surrounding the public square you can find demonstrations of skills such as butter making, blacksmithing, cheese making, leather working, basket making, surveying and map making, pewter button making and lace making. Seventy merchants will have items for purchase including dried flowers, pottery, handmade chairs, herbs, jewelry, lanterns, material and clothing from the frontier era.
Other attractions include wagon rides, clowns, a puppet show, Mr. Bailey’s Magic Show, Dr. Balthasar’s Traveling Medicine Show, the Slackrope Walker, and the Liberty Dancers, performing dances of the time period. Visitors will have the opportunity to join in an 18th century dance.
There will be several colonial taverns ( The Black Horse, Little John’s and the Hickory) on location and visitors can enjoy some period music where musicians playing guitars, 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 participate in a game of checkers or chess.
The Fair will also be presenting an 18th century play called “The Guardian” both days at noon.
Guests will be able to visit a Woodland Indian Village where they can watch demonstrations of Native dance and drum, brain tanning, traditional quillwork, finger weaving and see a bow shooting contest.
Lots of 18th century food will be served at the fair including turkey legs, grilled pork chops, buffalo meat, fire roasted ham, chicken & noodles, ham & beans with cornbread, roasted corn on the cob, green beans & potatoes, fresh raspberries and cream and gingerbread.
Hours for the Fair at New Boston are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for children 6-11 and $5 for military with an active ID. Parking is free.
The Fair at New Boston is located at George Rogers Clark Park at 930 S. Tecumseh Rd. in Springfield, Ohio. 937-882-9216. Springfield is located 188 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 3 hour drive.