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.
Feb. 1-2, 2020 - Living History Trade Fair, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Flower Building, Fremont, Ohio. Contact Smiling Fox Forge LLC, 419-334-8180, ; Smoke & Fire Co., 419-878-8535, ; Turkey Foot Trade Co., 660-291-4842, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
(canceled) 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.
(canceled) 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.
(canceled) 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.
(canceled) May 1-3, 2020 - Greene County Fish & Game Spring 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.
(canceled) May 2-3, 2020 - Gibsonburg Living History Encampment, White Star Park, Gibsonburg. Contact Jason Adams, 419-575-7496, , Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GibsonburgLivingHistory. Register by April 1 at rogue-artist.com/GibsHistoryEvent.html. Timeline event through WW I. Late registrations and walk-ins are to be admitted on a case-by-case basis. Setup starts after noon Thursday. Camp breaks at 4 p.m. Sunday. Horses welcome with riding trails nearby. No vendors this year. No digging in the ground. Fires must be in a fire ring. Potluck cookout at 6 p.m. Saturday. No alcohol or pets.
(canceled) May 2-3, 2020 - Repair to Black Horse Tavern: The Story Continues, Crabill Homestead, 2800 Croft Rd., Springfield, Ohio 45503. Contact Civilian Corp of Interpreters Facebook page, firstname.lastname@example.org. 18th-century event featuring the lives of residents and visitors of Black Horse Tavern. Focused on the daily life of 18th-century civilians. The story continues in 1785 and a lot has changed at the Black Horse Tavern. Mrs. Smith, the dearly and untimely departed cook, has been laid to rest and replaced with a new cook. New guests come and go, life goes on at the tavern ... but not everything is as it seems. Interactive first-person experience. Members of the public can play along with the residents and guests of the tavern if they so choose. Living historians will be interacting with one another in first-person interpretation. Free, but donations welcome.
(canceled) 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.
(canceled) 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 email@example.com.
(canceled) May 15-17, 2020 - Jennings Creek Council Spring Rendezvous, Camp Clay, 9196 Liberty Union Road, Van Wert, Ohio 45891. Contact Paul Reams, , 419-905-5395, for registration form or information. Competitions include rifle, smoothbore, archery, hawk & knife and men’s and women’s games. Canned meat prizes; junior aggregate. Council fire Saturday evening. Wooded and open camp sites. Showers. Flush toilets. Fishing and swimming in the pond. No pets. Camp fee $25 for two adults and children. Additional adults $10 each. Set up after 2 p.m. Thursday. Pre-registration appreciated but not required. Public hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
(canceled) May 15-17, 2020 - New Frontiersman's Spring Rendezvous, Ashland Conservation Farm, Ashland, Ohio. Contact Arvel Molette, 419-589-3386, or Roy Howman 419 961 1620, www.acwcl.org. Set up Friday. Trail walk Saturday and Sunday. Camp dinner Saturday 6 p.m. Dogs must be on leash.
(canceled) May 16-17, 2020 - Settlers Encampment on the Auglaize, Auglaize Village & Farm Museum, 12296 Krouse Road, Defiance, Ohio. To apply, contact Mike Judson, , 574-536-9851, or Cheryl Daniel, , 419-551-1134, www.auglaizevillagemuseum.org. Friday setup. Public days 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 1750-1815 juried event. Settlers, pioneers, French, English and American civilians, military, Natives, merchants, artisans of all trades and any persona relevant to Ohio, the Old Northwest Territory, the Middle Ground or Great Lakes Region pre-1815 are invited to preserve history through education and demonstration. Roomy site with plenty of shade and easy access to all camp areas.
(canceled) 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.
(canceled) May 22-25, 2020 - Sons of Liberty Spring Rendezvous, Canters Cave 4-H Camp, 1362 Caves Road, Jackson, Ohio. Contact Norman Garringer, 740-773-3891, firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-1840 rendezvous with black powder shoot, hawk and knife and primitive archery competitions. Potluck dinner Saturday night for paid campers only. Friendly event and newbies welcome.
(canceled) May 23-25, 2020 - First Siege 1813, Fort Meigs, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio. Contact 419-874-4121, www.fortmeigs.org/events. Juried event. Registration deadline May 15. British units, American militia and native groups.
(canceled) May 23-25, 2020 - Logan Hills Festival and Pe-1840 Rendezvous, 40th anniversary, Mad River Muzzleloaders, Hall-Fawcett Park, 4595 CR 153, Zanesfield, Ohio. Contact Facebook page, www.facebook.com/events/ 339830379990674/, loganhills.homestead.com. Includes Taloga outdoor drama, which depicts local history. Drama fees $4 per person, $2 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Also Logan Hills Native Woodland Gathering pow wow. Setup Thursday and Friday. Early setup available. Lizard Pull, archery hawk & knife. Hog roast with entertainment.
(members only; new members welcome) 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, 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.
(canceled) 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.
(postponed) June 19-21, 2020 - 200 Rockford Bicentennial, Rockford, Ohio. Contact: Carrie Sturwold, , or Gerry Bender, firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 4-5, 2020 - Independence Day 1813, Fort Meigs, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio. Contact 419-874-4121, www.fortmeigs.org/events. Juried event. Cannon firing, demonstrations and hands-on activities for children. Highlight is 18-gun salute accompanied by toasts and fife and drum music at 2 p.m. on July 4.
(canceled) 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 email@example.com. Timeline event portraying the Ohio Country 1740-1865. Vendors, cannons, skirmishes, demonstrations.
(canceled) 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.
(postponed to 2021) Aug. 7-9, 2020 - Sandusky County Bicentennial Celebration Rendezvous, White Star Park, Gibsonburg, Ohio. Contact Sue Brinker, , or Vicki Johnson, 419-601-2495, firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-1840 camp portraying life 200 years ago at the time of the founding of Sandusky County.
(canceled) Aug. 13-16, 2020 - Living History Encampment during the Henry County Fair, Henry County Fairgrounds, Napoleon. To register, contact 419-906-1660. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Henry County - first people, French fur traders, soldiers and settlers will camp and demonstrate skills.
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, 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.
(canceled) Aug. 14-16, 2020 - Fort Fest, Fort Jennings Park, Fort Jennings, Ohio. Contact Amy Ricker, 419-604-9127, , www.fjfortfest.com. Honors veterans from 1812 to present. Military reenactments, vehicles and displays. Living history camp, War of 1812 Battle.
Aug. 29-30, 2020 - Life in Early Ohio, Fort Meigs, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio. Contact 419-874-4121, www.fortmeigs.org/events. Juried event. Historic skills and crafts.
(canceled) Aug. 29-30 and Sept. 5-6, 2020 - Great Trail Festival, festival grounds, SR 43, Malvern, Ohio. Contact 330-794-9100, www.greattrailfestival.com. Reenactors, musicians, blanket traders and buckskinning families by invitation and inquiry. Cannon firing, tomahawk contest, battle reenactments, French Quarter and participant dinner. Public hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
(canceled) Sept. 4-7, 2020 - Fort Rowdy Gathering, Covington Community Park, 140 W. Broadway, Covington, Ohio. Contact through Facebook page. Rendezvous and community festival along the Stillwater River, connected by a 209-foot-long portable footbridge. Free live entertainment on both sides of the river and food and crafts on the festival side.
(canceled) Sept. 4-7, 2020 - Greene County Fish & Game Labor Day Rendezvous, 1538 Union Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385. Contact Robb Rowland, 937-245-3878, firstname.lastname@example.org. Camp fee $30 per family or $20 per single person. $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.
(canceled) Sept. 26, 2020 - Roche de Boeuf Days, Waterville, Ohio. Contact Waterville Historical Society, 419-276-7674. Living history encampment and demonstrations in conjunction with street fair and Waterville Historical Society parade with military vehicles.
(canceled) Oct. 3-4, 2020 - Johnny Appleseed Festival, Auglaize Village & Farm Museum, 12296 Krouse Road, Defiance, Ohio, www.auglaizevillagemuseum.org. Demonstrators will be making apple cider, caramel corn, apple butter and sorghum molasses. Kids' activities, music and food vendors. Admission $5 admission. Kids 12 and younger free with paid adult. Annual memberships available.
Oct. 3-4, 2020 - REACH Early American History Weekend, Richland Early American Center for History, South Park, Mansfield, Ohio 44903. Contact Tom Pappas, 419-564-5097, or Joyce Vanatter, 941-224-4888, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/events/463297857691531. Juried 18th-century event.
Oct. 9-10, 2020 - Log Cabin Shop's Early American Trades Fair, Log Cabin Shop, 8010 Lafayette Road, Lodi, Ohio 44254. Contact www.logcabinshop.com, , 330-948-1082. Open noon- 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free. Food is to be available on grounds. Seeking artisans interested in displaying their work or vendors of early American crafts. Many handcrafted items on display for sale or trade. Meet with and learn from skilled craftspeople as they work.
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. 16-18, 2020 - Sons of Liberty Fall Rendezvous, Canters Cave 4-H Camp, 1362 Caves Road, Jackson, Ohio. Contact Norman Garringer, 740-773-3891, firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-1840 rendezvous with black powder shoot, hawk and knife, primitive archery competitions and Highland games. Potluck dinner Saturday night for paid campers only. Friendly event and newbies welcome.