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2018 Fort Fest

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Join us at Fort Fest on August 17-19, 2018 at Fort Jennings Park in Fort Jennings, Ohio for our 1812 Encampment and Military Appreciation event. Every third weekend in August, the rural community of Fort Jennings, Ohio swells from a population of 500 to several thousand people who gather to celebrate our military history and our veterans at Fort Fest. This three day Fort Fest event features exhibits from all over the United States including the Veitnam era helicopters of the Huey 369 Organization and The Moving Wall, the traveling 1/2 scale version of the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C.

Fort Fest in Fort Jennings

Along the historic banks of the Auglaize River, an 1812 encampment of reenactors can be found with period artisans, musicians, and many artillery and cannon displays. Black powder and cannon fire fill the air at live War of 1812 reenactments that take place at twilight on Friday and again on Saturday afternoon. The Vietnam re-enactment group, The Wolf Hounds, make camp near a large military vehicle show held on Saturday and perform live re-enactments of Vietnam battles utilizing the Huey helicopters. Fort Fest includes an enormous display of military memorabilia and artifacts is housed at the Jennings Memorial building built to honor Lt. Col. William Jennings who established the Fort during the War of 1812. Many other military displays and tributes will be present including the Ohio MIA/POW wall and the Tomb of the Uknown Soldier.

Other Fort Fest activities include a motorcade/motorcycle run, wine tasting, car show, and entertainment featuring Nashville Crush and Midwest Dueling Pianos. Over $20,000 in cash and prizes can be won by attendees during the weekend of Fort Fest, and a variety of food and beverage options are available. Flights on the Huey helicopter are arranged on a first come, first serve basis and the cost of these flights goes directly to the American Huey 369 Organization, however ALL Fort Fest military exhibits, reenactments, and entertainment are FREE!

Help us to commemorate our military history and the contributions of all our beloved veterans. Make a plan to join us at Fort Fest, one of the most unique festivals in Northwest Ohio!

Admission Fees – Public Welcome
Free Parking

Free Camping
Potable water, wood, straw, hooters, flush toilets, and showers provided.

Fort Fest offers free camping, free parking, free admission, 2 War of 1812-era skirmish reenactments on historic banks of Auglaize River. There will be a biker/military escort of Ohio POW/MIA Vietnam Wall and Huey 369 display with flights and military reenactments.

Be Part of Fort Fest
Fort Fest organizers are seeking Native Americans, militia, riflemen, US Infantry, British soldiers, military, civil war, as well as Pioneer, musicians, demonstrators, artisans, craftsmen, frontiersmen, and settlers to demonstrate to the public. Fort Fest is a family friendly event with Kids Rides, Live Bands, and Food and Beverages.

Education Day for School Children
Education day is Saturday for local school children.
Ohio POW MIA wall and motorcycle escort
Huey 369 display offering paid helicopter rides all three days.

Registration contact: Amy Ricker: 419-604-9127 amy.ricker@gmail.com

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Fort Fest in Fort Jennings, Ohio.

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