Fort Fest celebrates veterans


By Merri Hanjora - [email protected]



The Lima News file photo. Participants in the reinactment of the war of 1812 pose as the Hezlep Company of Artillery decompressing after a battle. Amanda Wilson -The Lima News


IF YOU GO

WHAT: Fort Fest

WHEN: Noon today, 9 a.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday

WHERE: Fort Jennings Park and throughout Fort Jennings

ADMISSION: Free

FORT JENNINGS — The fifth annual Fort Fest is this weekend.

“Our town is not big, but our event is,” said Wes Klir, co-chairman of Fort Fest. “We started this as a military tribute and it was very well received. We have continued to add displays to expand the event and offer people the chance to see traveling exhibits. It is a distinct honor to be a part of this event because it promotes something we should all be sharing, the respect and admiration of the sacrifices and contributions of our veterans.”

This year The Moving Wall, a half-scale traveling replica of D.C.’s Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial is coming to Fort Fest.

In addition to The Moving Wall, there are Huey helicopters, the Traveling Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as re-enactments of the War of 1812 and live Vietnam re-enactments, living artillery displays and living history displays.

“I think a terrific feature is there are a lot of things at our event that you can go see, but very rarely are you going to see all of them at one location. Come to Fort Jennings and see them all at the same time,” said Klir.

There are a host of other activities taking place at Fort Fest such as a car show/cruise in, kids’ bounce houses, raffles, poker runs, gun raffles, diamond raffles, duck races and entertainment with Nashville Crush playing today at 9 p.m.

“There is no charge for any of the military exhibits or entertainment,” said Klir. “We want to make sure people have fun, but we are celebrating the contributions of our veterans.”

The Lima News file photo. Participants in the reinactment of the war of 1812 pose as the Hezlep Company of Artillery decompressing after a battle. Amanda Wilson -The Lima News
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_FortFest-August-15-201522-1.jpgThe Lima News file photo. Participants in the reinactment of the war of 1812 pose as the Hezlep Company of Artillery decompressing after a battle. Amanda Wilson -The Lima News

By Merri Hanjora

[email protected]

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Fort Fest

WHEN: Noon today, 9 a.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday

WHERE: Fort Jennings Park and throughout Fort Jennings

ADMISSION: Free

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511

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