The 27th annual Ohio Valley Frontier Days takes place this weekend, June 2nd and June 3rd at Historic Fort Steuben.
This family-friendly festival brings together reenactors, crafters, musicians and history lovers to offer an experience of life over 200 years ago in frontier Ohio.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 10am on Saturday with a procession through the site followed by a flag raising and program.
Throughout the weekend there will be presentations on the tragedy of Chief Logan, Native American traditions, 18th century military drill, and various crafts including blacksmithing, woodcarving, frontier cooking and candle making.
The Northwest Territory School of Surveying will be open to students and visitors.
Baron Friedrich von Steuben will teach the use of the musket, Frontier Dan will supervise the Tomahawk Toss, and Neighborhood Saddle Club will offer pony rides with photo opportunities (additional charge).
Each of the Fort’s eight fully furnished buildings, the archaeology dig and the First Federal Land Office will have guides stationed to tell the stories of the people and artifacts that were there.
In the Visitor Center the Ohio Valley Sons of the American Revolution will provide information on researching genealogy.
Members of “Many Nations” will teach Native American dancing and demonstrate and sell many of their crafts.
Inside the Visitor Center, traditional music by Rich & Kathy Small (Saturday) and Bill Schilling & Friends (Sunday).
Award-winning Ohio singer/songwriter Steve Free will perform on the outdoor stage on Saturday afternoon.
On Saturday evening from 6:30-8:30pm there will be a Frontier Dance on the lawn at Fort Steuben Park, under the direction of Bob Tomlinson ($5 donation requested)
Food vendors will offer a selection of treats including:
Bison Burgers, gourmet popcorn, Fish’n’Chips, Elephant Ears, hot dogs and gelato.
Ohio Valley Frontier Days will run from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday.
General admission is $6, for youth 6-12 it is $3, and for those under 6 it is free. A family rate is also available.
Historic Fort Steuben is located at 120 South 3rd Street, Steubenville.