FORT JENNINGS — Fort Jennings has a rich military history, going back to its establishment during the War of 1812. That background makes the town a perfect place to celebrate America’s rich military history during Fort Fest today and Saturday.
“It’s not necessarily your typical festival with all the rides and everything,” planning committee member Wes Klir said. “It’s meant more as a celebration of our military.”
With that in mind, Fort Fest will get a very appropriate start at 3 p.m. with several motorcycle groups participating in a military procession, escorting a semi with the Eyes of Freedom soldier exhibit into tow.
“Overhead, the escort includes the Huey helicopter, so it all comes into town at the same time,” Klir said. “Also at 3 p.m. we’ll have a military history exhibit that opens up at Memorial Hall, which is a renovated historic structure at the center of town. The exhibit will honor local soldiers, with several loaned items on display from every war since 1812.”
Today’s events also include a cruise-in car show during the evening, as well as a wine tasting uptown, including vintages from five local wineries.
“At 9 p.m., our feature band will be Nashville Crush,” Klir said. “That’s a free concert.”
Saturday will feature Camp 1812, a period camp from the War of 1812, featuring reenactors from both the militia and the army using 1800s artillery, such as cannons and muskets. Children who have preregistered will also be part of the camp learning militia drills and other skills from that time. There will also be Vietnam War reenactors on hand recreating events from that conflict. Two Huey helicopters will also be on hand, one offering rides, and the other for a static display.
For more information and a complete schedule, go to www.fortjenningspark.com.