Jan. 25-26, 2020 - Linton Trade Fair, Roy Clark Community Building, Linton, Indiana. Hosted by Buck Creek Muzzleloaders. Contact Tim Goldman, 812-887-4497, or Larry McCoy, 812-886-6294. Time period 1750-1840. Guest author Eddie Price. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission $3; children 12 and younger free with adult.
Feb. 1-2, 2020 - Living History Trade Fair, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Flower Building, Fremont, OH. Contact Smiling Fox Forge LLC, 419-334-8180, ; Smoke & Fire Co., 419-878-8535, ; Turkey Foot Trade Co., 660-291-4842, email@example.com.
Feb. 7-8, 2020 - Lake Cumberland Kentucky Rifle Show, Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, 5465 State Park Road, Jamestown, Kentucky. Contact Mel Hankla, 270-566-3370, firstname.lastname@example.org. Public admission $10.
Feb. 8, 2020 - Contemporary Gunmakers & Allied Artists Show, Campus Martius and Ohio River Museum, 601 2nd St, Marietta, Ohio 45750. Contact Bill Reynolds, 740-373-3750. Featuring the work of several dozen traditional gunmakers from around the Ohio Valley as well as 18th- and 19th-century craftsmen such as horn makers, hunting bag makers, leather workers, tinsmiths, cabinet makers and other allied trades. Open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission to the museum required.
Feb. 15-16, 2020 - Living History Trade Fair & Antique Arms Show, Conner Longrifles, Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 E. Pleasant St., Noblesville, Indiana, Hamilton County. Contact Mike Bird, 317-902-3710. More than 240 tables selling hand-crafted items, antique arms, blacksmith creations, horn carvings, pottery, black powder supplies, jewelry, Native American collectables and other items from 1700-1899. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
March 7-8, 2020 - Old Town Trade Fair, Assembly Hall, Greene County Fairgrounds, 120 Fairground Road, Xenia, Ohio. Contact Tim and Sharon Milligan, , 937-857-9745 or Facebook page. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission $4 per person; children 11 and younger free. Food available on site. Reenactors, dealers, collectors, educators, craftsmen and history buffs welcome. Live demonstrations of broom and rope making along with early gun building. Wares must pre-1890 originals or reproductions.
March 14-15, 2020 - Maple Syrup Festival, Indian Lake State Park, 13156 SR 235 N, Lakeview, Ohio 43331. Contact Brenda Moots, 937-633-0147. Pioneer camps, living history displays and live demonstrations. Public wagon rides. Setup day Friday. Public hours 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday.
March 21-22, 2020 - Kalamazoo Living History Show, Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sponsored by Yankee Doodle Muzzle Loaders Inc. Contact Leslie Martin Conwell, 765-563-6792, , www.KalamazooShow.com. Participants must pre-register. The largest juried show in the Midwest with more than 270 craftspeople and dealers devoted to pre-1890 original or reproduction living history supplies, accoutrements and related crafts. Also, educational programs, craft demonstrations and children's activities. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $7 for one day; $10 for weekend pass. Children 12 and younger free.
April 3-4, 2020 - Ohio Long Rifle Exhibit, Association of Ohio Long Rifle Collectors, Lafayette Hotel, Marietta, Ohio. Contact Liza Kindig, 330-948-1082, www.AOLRC.com. Open noon-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission $5/ages 12 and older. Featuring more than 200 makers of Ohio-made muzzle loading rifles of the 18th & 19th centuries. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Mel Hankala is to give a presentation on his research and upcoming book. Presentation open to the public by advanced registration with $5 fee.
April 24-26, 2020 - Grassy Run Heritage Rendezvous, Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee, Williamsburg Community Park, 150 E. Main St., Williamsburg, Ohio. Contact George West, 513-675-3934, , www.grassy-run.org or Facebook page. Commemorates the largest documented battle between settlers and natives in what is now Clermont County. Friday is school day with about 500 children. Public days are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Period vendors and demonstrators are welcome. Competitions include muzzleloading shoot, hawk & knife, bow shoot and a children's BB gun shoot Saturday. The children's Lock, Stock and Barrel area will provide hands-on experience in games and crafts of the era. Pre-registration is encouraged by contacting Kay Shields at 513-724-3740.
April 24-25, 2020 - Ladies Friendship Circle Rendezvous, Friendship, Indiana. Contact June Patterson, 812-667-0146, , or Mary Green, 317-370-6964, email@example.com.
May 1-3, 2020 - Greene County Fish & Game Spring Rendezvous, 1538 Union Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385. Contact Robb Rowland, 937-245-3878, firstname.lastname@example.org. Camp fee $15 per person, $20 per family, $10 per day for walk-in shooter. No extra fee for traders. Competitions include rifle woodswalk, smoothbore woodswalk, archery woods course, hawk & knife, pistol match.
May 2-3, 2020 - Spring Training Encampment, Fort Bagley, Houghton Lake, Michigan. Contact Brent Kemmer, email@example.com. Pre-registration required. Hosted by the Massachusetts Provincial Battalion. Training weekend at historic forts in the woods of the north. British fort and a French fort ruins. Non-public event.
May 8-9, 2020 - Willard Revolutionary War Reenactment & Encampment, Willard Middle School, 949 S. Main St., Willard, Ohio 44890. Contact 419-935-0181. Join eighth-grade students at Willard Middle School to create a Revolutionary War reenactment, learn about life in the 1700s and re-create battle scenes. Reenactors, sutlers and volunteers welcome. Speakers, demonstrations and entertainment Saturday. Also Saturday is the Willard Rev War Colonial Trade Faire And Craft Show 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Check in for vendors is 7:30 a.m. No public admission fee. Deadline to apply as vendor is May 1. Vendor fee $10 for empty space; $20 for table and two chairs. Moves indoors in case of rain.
May 8-10, 2020 - Muster on the St. Mary’s timeline, Old Fort Wayne, 1201 Spy Run Ave., Fort Wayne, Indiana. Contact 260-437-2836. Juried; reenactor, sutler, demonstrator applications at oldfortwayne.org/get-involved/reenactor-registration. Vikings through World War II. Education day Friday.
May 14-17, 2020 - NRLHF Corps of Discovery, Nichols Family Farm, 85 TR 1305, Toronto, Ohio. Contact Mark Rebres, 740-632-8625, , www.nrlhfcorpsofdiscovery.com. Free public admission 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Setup Wednesday. A learning rendezvous, seminars, workshops, educational sessions. Archery, hawk & knife and shooting demonstrations. Modern tent camp area for beginners interested in participating. Artillery on request; call ahead. Some room for horses and mules. Advance registration ends April 14. Advanced registration fees are $20 per adult for NMLRA members; $25 for non-members. Children ages 17 and younger are free. Dependents 18 and older are $12.50 each. Trade fee $30; blanket trader $15. For more details on fees and rules, visit www.nrlhf.org, call 717-312-3016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 15-16, 2020 - Siege of Fort Randolph, Reenactors and Friends, 1186 Charleston Road, Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Contact Deb Cassady, , or Fort Randolph Reenactors and Friends Facebook page.
May 16-17, 2020 - Spring Gathering, Caesar's Creek Pioneer Village, 3999 Pioneer Village Road, Waynesville, Ohio. Contact 513-897-1120, , www.caesarscreekpioneervillage.org. Public hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission.
May 22-24, 2020 - Marshall Primitive Archery Rendezvous, Wilder Creek Conservation Club, 19833 D Dr. S, Marshall, Michigan. Contact Guy Dasher, 419-796-7269, or Mike Damon, 517-795-7987. 3D target course. Other archery shoots. Bow-building and flint-knapping demonstrations.
May 23-25, 2020 - Garland Ridge Runners Rendezvous, Garland, Pennsylvania. Contact Bonnie Curry, , 814-688-4021, or Dale Ritchea, 304-238-8615, email@example.com. Camp fee $15; free for members. Registration fee of $5 includes medallion. Modern and primitive camps. No hook-ups. Take along drinking water; other water available. Traders welcome. Rendezvous shoot matches TBA; youth shoot free. Kitchen open for lunch and dinner Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
May 29-31, 2020 - Seneca Muzzleloaders Spring Rendezvous, Sandusky River Coon Hunters grounds, 7575 TR 131, Tiffin, Ohio 44883. Contact Rob Gerding, 419-341-8657, firstname.lastname@example.org. Black powder shoot, archery, hawk and knife, children’s games, potluck Saturday evening. Registration is $25 or $15 and a prize donation. Setup after 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday. No pets.
June 5-7, 2020 - Living History Days, Crawford Park District, Lowe Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline, Ohio. Contact Julie Rossington, 419-569-4454. Juried event denoting the capture and death of Col. William Crawford in June 1782. Native, Loyalist, militia and Regular forces welcome. Friday night program about Native Americans who inhabited the area. Public days 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Reenactment of the capture of Col. Crawford, Native American camp, Shawnee storyteller Shequonur, shop, walk park trails. Lantern tour at 8 p.m. Saturday along with a program about Native Americans and how their lives changed with the arrival of Europeans. Indoor facilities available. Camp potluck with ham provided Saturday night and continental breakfast Sunday morning.
June 13-14, 2020 - Timeline event, Fort Randolph, 1186 Charleston Road, Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Contact Deb Cassady, , or Fort Randolph Reenactors and Friends Facebook page.
June 13-21, 2020 - NMLRA June National Shoot, National Muzzleloading Rifle Association, Friendship, Indiana. Contact www.nmlra.org. Matches, classes, programs, lectures, vendors. Shooting relays on 15 ranges 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. every day. At the Walter Cline Range are firing lines, trap & skeet, archery, tomahawk throwing, silhouettes and woods walks.
June 19-21, 2020 - 200 Rockford Bicentennial, Rockford, Ohio. Contact: Carrie Sturwold, , or Gerry Bender, email@example.com. More info TBA.
June 19-26, 2020 - Friends of the Old Northwest Rendezvous, Miller Conservation Farm, 5670 E. TR 138, Tiffin, Ohio. Contact booshway Hank Felder, 517-852-9252, , or segundo Dave Pitney, 419-296-8165, firstname.lastname@example.org. Archery, hawk & knife, cooking contest, Highland games, seminars, entertainment. Mail pre-registration by May 1 (if possible) to Friends of ONW, c/o Vicki Johnson, 4636 Co Rd P, McClure, OH 43534 (419-601-2495, email@example.com). Camp fee is $45 per adult and $20 for traders or large blanket traders. Children ages 17 and younger are free. Traders may set up Tuesday, June 16. Setup days area Wednesday-Friday, June 17-19. Public days TBA.
July 3-4, 2020 - Liberty Days, Fort Randolph, 1186 Charleston Road, Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Contact Deb Cassady, , or Fort Randolph Reenactors and Friends Facebook page.
(New event) July 11-12, 2020 - Muster of the Five Forts, Old Fort Wayne, 1201 Spy Run Ave., Fort Wayne, Indiana. Contact 260-437-2836. Juried; reenactor, sutler, demonstrator applications at oldfortwayne.org/get-involved/reenactor-registration. A new timeline - from Vikings and Romans through World War II featuring the tools and equipment people used in daily life at peace or war.
July 18-19, 2020 - Cass River Colonial Encampment, "Colonial Frankenmuth," River Place, Frankenmuth, Michigan. Contact Brent Kemmer, , 989-366-6531. Fur trade camp contact Merlyn Hodge, , 248-515-2398. Juried 18th-century event for Rev War, F&I, Voyaguers, Woodland Indians. Advanced registration required. A few new rules. Sponsored by Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Bavarian Inn Lodge and Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Town also known for its Bavarian heritage, Zehnder’s and Bronner’s provides back drop for the 18th-century event. Battles centered around a fortified hill and a wooden bridge. Canoe race, period dance and ladies tea. Large public attendance. Powder ration, modern bath 24/7, showers, Saturday dinner and food for purchase on site. Set up after noon July 17 and stay until Monday to shop in town.
(new event) July 24-26, 2020 - History Alive at Fort Piqua, Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua, Ohio. Contact Laura Supinger, 937-418-2859 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Timeline event portraying the Ohio Country 1740-1865. Vendors, cannons, skirmishes, demonstrations.
Aug. 1-2, 2020 - 18th-Century Colonial Trade Fair at the Mill, Wolf Creek Grist Mill Museum, 3175 SR 3 South, Loudonville, Ohio 44842. Contact Trevor Ross, 419-606-0274, , , www.wolfcreekmill.org, Facebook page. Juried event seeking demonstrators and traders. Setup July 30-31 and can stay through Aug. 3. Public hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 1-2. Admission $3/adults and $1 off for wearing period dress.
Aug. 7-9, 2020 - Sandusky County Bicentennial Celebration Rendezvous, White Star Park, Gibsonburg, Ohio. Contact Sue Brinker, , or Vicki Johnson, 419-601-2495, email@example.com. Pre-1840 camp portraying life 200 years ago at the time of the founding of Sandusky County.
Aug. 13-16, 2020 - Kekionga Rendezvous, Decatur, Indiana. Contact Phil Wells, 419-393-4105, Countrywide@artelco.net. Sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. No camp fee. Take along shade. Rifle shoot, archery, hawk & knife, women’s skillet toss, children’s games and coolie stick. Friday night meal provided. Saturday night potluck. School day Friday. Demonstrations requested.
Aug. 14-16, 2020 - Seneca Muzzleloaders Summer Rendezvous, Sandusky River Coon Hunters grounds, 7575 TR 131, Tiffin, Ohio 44883. Contact Rob Gerding, 419-341-8657, firstname.lastname@example.org. Black powder shoot, archery, hawk and knife, children’s games, potluck Saturday evening. Registration is $25 or $15 and a prize donation. Setup after 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday. No pets.
Aug. 22-23, 2020 - Post Miami – 1754-1763, Old Fort Wayne, 1201 Spy Run Ave., Fort Wayne, Indiana. Contact 260-437-2836. Juried; reenactor, sutler, demonstrator applications at oldfortwayne.org/get-involved/reenactor-registration. Known as the “Seven Year’s War,” French Marines, Forces of the Crown and Native allies wrestle for supremacy in North America.
Sept. 4-7, 2020 - Greene County Fish & Game Labor Day Rendezvous, 1538 Union Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385. Contact Robb Rowland, 937-245-3878, email@example.com. Camp fee $15 per person, $20 per family, $10 per day for walk-in shooter. No extra fee for traders. Competitions include rifle woodswalk, smoothbore woodswalk, archery woods course, hawk & knife, pistol match. Trick-or-treat for kids Saturday. Potluck Saturday.
Sept. 12-13, 2020 - Pioneer Days, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, Ohio 44811. Contact 419-483-4949, lymevillage.org, Facebook page.
Sept. 12-20, 2020 - NMLRA National Championship Shoot, National Muzzleloading Rifle Association, Friendship, Indiana. Contact www.nmlra.org. Matches, classes, programs, lectures, vendors. Shooting relays on 15 ranges 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. every day. At the Walter Cline Range are firing lines, trap & skeet, archery, tomahawk throwing, silhouettes and woods walks.
Sept. 18-20, 2020 - Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival, lower level of Hedges-Boyer Park, Tiffin, Ohio. Contact Ron and Melissa Kramer, 419-447-6010, www.tiffinfestival.com. Registration required. Early setup available after noon Wednesday. No set-ups Friday until after 2 p.m. and must be completed before 9:30 a.m. Saturday. No camp fee. Call for vendor fees. School day Friday. Public hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Lantern tour at dusk Friday. No competitions. GPS address: 180 Summit St., Tiffin, Ohio. Printing map from website recommended.
Sept. 18-20, 2020 - Fort Loramie Fall Festival Mountain Man Camp, Fort Loramie State Park, Fort Loramie, Ohio. Contact: Carrie Sturwold, , or Gerry Bender, firstname.lastname@example.org.
(New event) Sept. 19-20, 2020 - Sherman Tavern Pioneer Days Rendezvous, 3987 Dixie Highway, Dry Ridge, Kentucky. Contact David Linden at for registration or more information. Sherman Tavern was established between 1810 and 1820 as a stagecoach stop for travelers and livestock drovers along the regionally-famous Dry Ridge. Native Americans used it for travel, and during the early settlement period of the region it became a highway and a stagecoach route, now US 25. The rendezvous will depict pioneer life between 1750 and 1840. No camp fee, but advanced registration is required by emailing name, address, email address and phone or other pertinent contact information. Public hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Ice it available for sale. Directions: From Cincinnati, drive south on I-75 and get off at the Crittenden exit. Turn left. Turn right on US 25; from Lexington, Kentucky, drive north on I-75 and get off at the Dry Ridge exit. Turn right. At second stop light, turn left onto US 25.
Sept. 19-20, 2020 - Fort Bagley Tactical/Challenge Weekend, Houghton Lake, Michigan. Contact Brent Kemmer, email@example.com. Pre-registration required. Tacticals and woods challenges utilize wooded acres with two forts, one for British and ruins for French. Non-public event for testing skills.
Oct. 3-4, 2020 - Feast of the Hunters' Moon, Fort Ouiatenon Historical Park, 3921 S. River Road, West Lafayette, Indiana. Contact 765-476-8411, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tippecanoehistory.org. Juried event: 1717-1791 . Public hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. No pets.
Oct. 3-4, 2020 - Vermilion Creek Colonial Muster, Peacock Road Family Farm, 11854 Peacock Rd, Laingsburg, Michigan 48848. Hosted by Queens Rangers - 1st American Regiment.
Oct. 9-11, 2020 - Seneca Muzzleloaders Fall Rendezvous, Sandusky River Coon Hunters grounds, 7575 TR 131, Tiffin, Ohio 44883. Contact Rob Gerding, 419-341-8657, email@example.com. Black powder shoot, archery, hawk and knife, children’s games, potluck Saturday evening. Registration is $25 or $15 and a prize donation. Setup after 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday. No pets.
Oct. 9-11, 2020 - Harvest Moon Rendezvous, Infirmary Mound Park, 4351 Lancaster Road, Granville, Ohio. Contact Jason Vermilion, 740-258-8962, firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-1840 event. Setup is Thursday. Rendezvous starts at 9 a.m. Friday. No camp fee for vendors. Trade blankets welcome. Public days 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Walk-in shooters welcome. Rifle woodswalk, hawk & knife woodswalk, archery, rifle and smoothbore blanket shoots. Saturday evening potluck.
765-573-3033, email@example.com. Largest War of 1812 event in North America commemorates the Battle of Mississinewa. Juried event. Military encampment, Indian village, Rivertown, wilderness area. Commemoration of battle fought Dec. 17-18, 1812. Public hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $7 in advance, $9 at the gate; ages 6-12 $5 in advance, $6 at the gate. GPS address: 6000 N 300 W27, La Fontaine, Ind.
Oct. 16-18, 2020 - Girty's Town Rendezvous, north of the High Street bridge along the canal, St. Marys, Ohio. Contact Harold Curry, 419-295-2710, Facebook page. Camp fee $10. Beginners and veterans welcome. Nature walk Sunday.
Oct. 17-18, 2020 - Harvest Fest & Fall Gathering, Caesar's Creek Pioneer Village, 3999 Pioneer Village Road, Waynesville, Ohio. Contact 513-897-1120, , www.caesarscreekpioneervillage.org. Public hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission.
Oct. 23-25, 2020 - Greene County Fish & Game Fall Rendezvous, 1538 Union Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385. Contact Robb Rowland, 937-245-3878, firstname.lastname@example.org. Camp fee $15 per person, $20 per family, $10 per day for walk-in shooter. No extra fee for traders. Competitions include rifle woodswalk, smoothbore woodswalk, archery woods course, hawk & knife, pistol match. Trick-or-treat for kids Saturday. Potluck Saturday.
(changed dates) Oct. 29-31, 2020 - Contemporary Longrifle Association, Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact 540-886-6189, , www.longrifle.com. Date change for this year only (from the usual August dates) to accommodate remodeling. Show open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Nov. 5-8, 2020 - Pathways Women's Rendezvous, Seven Eagles Historical Education Center, 16486 Wapakoneta Road, Grand Rapids, Ohio. Women only. Beginners welcome. Contact Barb Dailey, 419-378-5861. Inside accommodations available by reservation.
Past 2020 Events
Jan. 18-19, 2020 - Sons of Liberty Indoor Trade Fair, Canters Cave 4-H Camp, 1362 Caves Road, Jackson, Ohio. Contact Gary George, , 740-856-7262. Period vendors selling wares from the time periods of 1890 and earlier. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission $3; $2 in period dress.
Jan. 18-19, 2020 - American Heritage Living History Show, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles, Illinois. For application, contact Jim Fairchild, , or Darryl Sheldon, email@example.com. Facebook page. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $7 per person ages 13 and older or $5 in period dress. $10 for weekend pass.