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Cleveland Metroparks free Fall Fest offers glimpse into pioneer life

Check out the clothing, habits and items from a long gone era at FallFest
Check out the clothing, habits and items from a long gone era at FallFestCleveland Metroparks

Early pioneers of this area were a hardy bunch. They traveled long and hard in order to get here, bringing everything that they thought they would need in order to survive. It was this necessity of self-sufficiency that had them grow, gather or hunt for their food, make their own clothing and even invent and play their own music. Those days are long past but you can still get a sample of what it was like living in the Ohios at the annual Cleveland Metroparks “FallFest”.

On September 28, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cleveland Metroparks will be presenting “FallFest” at Meadows Picnic Area in Brecksville Reservation.

While visiting you can watch a blacksmith create useful and decorative items from raw steel, play with pioneer toys, try some fresh pressed cider, talk with pioneer reenacters and dip candles. Local contra dance band Mud in Yer Eye will perform, as well as a "colonial magician." Children will be able to make a pot of posies to take home. FallFest also features pony rides, refreshments and souvenirs for sale. This is a family friendly event that is a treat for the entire family.

Also on hand will be The Brigade of the American Revolution whose 1700s encampment will be available for you to tour. Learn what it was like to be a British soldier thousands of miles away from home or a colonial patriot fighting for his freedom. Later in the day there will be a demonstration skirmish showing how the colonials fought the professional British troops.

For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call (440) 526-1012.
Meadows Picnic Area is located off Meadows Drive in Brecksville Reservation, off Chippewa Creek Drive near Route 82 in Brecksville.