1814 will be only minutes away this weekend during the annual Fair at New Boston.
The 32nd annual fair will return Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 at the George Rogers Clark Historic Park, west of Springfield.
Visitors to New Boston will experience the amazing sights, succulent smells, thrilling sounds, and delicious tastes of 1814, said marketing director Pam Cottrel.
Accompanied by the boom of cannon, the fair will open at 10 a.m.
Horses and wagons are the only mode of transportation in this recreated world where electricity was only a silly side effect of Ben Franklin’s kite flying. A team of oxen share the streets with musicians, costumed re-enactors, and fair-goers.
Among the artisans will be craft silhouettes, lanterns, and wooden chairs, as well as presentations by blacksmiths. The tents of traveling merchants are full of treasures made locally, on the continent, or beyond.
Throughout the fair, entertainers will recreate the music and laughter of the time when Ohio was the newest state and the frontline of civilization on the frontier. Cheapside Theater will feature plays, magicians, and presentations throughout the day.
Children’s activities will be featured near the fort, as well as at the puppet show.
Other activities include a hot air balloon, the “Camera Obscura” tent, and the return of Pepito the Marionette, who will delight young and old alike.
The rhythm of ancient drums calls visitors to the recreated Woodland Indian Village, where long forgotten lifestyles are renewed and appreciated. Guests can walk through the long house and explore the wigwams of the Shawnee, or rest in the shade and enjoy the peace of the village.
Each afternoon features a militia battle reenactment complete with full size cannon.
This year Lady Caroline Linnington will be visiting the fair and will accept only polite callers. Meanwhile, the press gang of the British ship Acosta will be looking for young men to draft into the British Navy. The surgeon has returned and is setting up his practice near the Black Horse Tavern.
Fair visitors dine on delicacies such as buffalo, turkey legs, cream puffs, pork chops, sausages, Shrewsbury cakes, herbed butters, corn on the cob and chicken noodles.
The fair is held in George Rogers Clark Historic Park, 936 S. Tecumseh Road, Springfield. Gates will open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Rain or shine.
Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for children aged 6-11. Ages 5 years and under are admitted free. Admission for military active duty is $5 with ID. Parking is free and plentiful.
Visitors are asked to leave their pets at home.
The Fair at New Boston is presented by the George Rogers Clark Heritage Association, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization with history education as its goal.
For further information and directions visit the Fair at New Boston Facebook page or the website www.FairAtNewBoston.org Twitter @fairatnewboston or call (937) 882-9216.