Clevelanders, here's your chance for a fun and educational summer getaway in a historical setting that is filled with lots of delightful seasonal activities that will appeal to all age groups. Just head for Fort Recovery, Ohio and attend their 109th annual Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee being held on Thursday, June 19 through Sunday, June 22.
Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee Located along the banks of the Wabash River, the Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee will be held at the city's Ambassador Park and the adjacent Fort Site Park. The fort's blockhouse buildings and stockades, log cabins and museum will be open for visitors to tour.
Activities on Thursday evening will include a Tug-of-War challenge, free inflatables for the kids, amusement rides, a softball tournament and a Kids Outdoor Movie Night (at the Van Trees Park Amphitheater). Music entertainment will be provided by the group Grove Hill.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday events at the Jubilee include a Pet Parade, a pie baking contest, a hamburger cook-off, go cart races, a talent show, a kiddie tractor pull and the famous Fort Recovery Racing Ducks. There will also be an antique tractor display.
Be sure to check out the Fireman's Parade being held on Sunday at 2 p.m. which will be followed by a chicken BBQ.
Weekend musical entertainment will be provided by Brother Believe Me and Saw Creek.
A Bit of History About Fort Recovery This historic fort was the site of 2 major battles in American history involving Native Americans. One was the 1791 defeat of Arthurs St. Clair's military forces by Miami leader Little Turtle and the 1794 victory of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne's army over a Native American alliance of the Shawnee, Ottawa, Miami, Delaware and Ojibwa tribes. Again, the Fort will be open for tours during the Jubilee.
Hours for the Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee are 6 p.m.- 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. - 11 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free but there is a charge for the amusement rides (10 tickets for $6).
For more information about the Harvest Jubilee or about Fort Recovery call 800-253-8920 or get online at www.fortrecovery.org.
Ambassador Park is located at One Fort Site Street in Fort Recovery, Ohio. Fort Recovery is 223 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 3 hour, 45 minute drive.