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The Fair at New Boston offers a family-fun Ohio living history lesson

Participants at The Fair at New Boston
Participants at The Fair at New Boston

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 32nd annual Fair at New Boston in Springfield, Ohio on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31.

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 more than 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.

Each day, the fair 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 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 re-enactment 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 churning, blacksmithing, cheese making, leather working, basket making, surveying and map making, the making of lanterns by the tinsmith and linen making. More than 70 merchants will have items for purchase including dried flowers, pottery. herbs, jewelry, handmade chairs and clothing from the frontier era.

Other attractions include wagon rides, Dr. Bathasar's Traveling Medicine Show, 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".

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 participate in a game of chess or checkers.

The Fair will also be presenting a 17th century play called "Tartuffe" (by Moliere) both days at noon.

Guests will also 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 net making. There will also be a Falconer demonstration and a bow shooting contest.

Lots of 18th century food will be served at the Fair including turkey legs, grilled pork chops, bison on a roll, ham on biscuits, chicken & noodles, ham & beans with cornbread, roasted corn-on-the-cob, green beans & potatoes, corn chowder, fresh raspberries with cream, fresh peaches & poundcake and gingerbread with whipped cream.

Hours for the Fair at New Boston are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for active military personnel with an ID and $3 for children (6-12). Children 5 and under are free. Parking is free.

For more information about the Fair at New Boston call 937-882-9216 or get online at

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.

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