SPRINGFIELD — The Fair at New Boston will again magically appear like the legendary Brigadoon for two days of merriment and fun for all ages, Aug. 30-31.
For 32 years, The Fair at New Boston has been making time travel seem possible. This year promises to be even better, as visitors to New Boston experience the amazing sights, succulent smells, thrilling sounds, and delicious tastes of 1814.
Accompanied by the boom of cannon, the Fair at New Boston will open at 10 a.m. Saturday. The formal opening ceremony at the Fairmaster’s tent is a fun way for families to start the day.
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 fairgoers, who will need to watch their steps.
Along the grassy lanes, artisans craft silhouettes, lanterns, and wooden chairs as they did 200 years ago. The hammers of blacksmiths chime in rhythm as the smoke of their hearths curls up past canvas canopies. 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. All day Cheapside Theater features plays, magicians, and presentations. Enjoy a good laugh as the New Boston Players present a comedy on the Cheapside stage.
Near the entrance, children sit in front of the puppet show. Next to the fort they can join games and take part in children’s activities.
Watch the New Boston hot air balloon rise above the crowd. Enter the darkness of the Camera Obscura tent to see the latest scientific accomplishment.
Pepito the Marionette will be returning for a visit to delight young and old alike, along with many participants from Yellow Springs, Xenia and Fairborn.
The rhythm of ancient drums calls visitors to the recreated Woodland Indian Village where long forgotten lifestyles are renewed and appreciated. Walk through the long house and explore the wigwams of the Shawnee. Rest in the shade and enjoy the peace of the village.
Fair visitors dine on delicacies that their ancestors knew how to make by heart, but never wrote down. Buffalo, turkey legs, cream puffs, pork chops, sausages, Shrewsbury cakes, herbed butters, corn on the cob, and chicken noodles are among the historical, yet delicious, food offerings.
On the other side of the fairgrounds, other drums are beating a call to arms as the militia rushes to line up for drill. Each afternoon features a battle reenactment complete with full size cannon.
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.
The air is held in George Rogers Clark Historic Park, between Springfield and Fairborn on State Route 4. 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 please leave their pets at home. No pets are allowed at this event.
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 information and directions visit the Fair at New Boston Facebook page or the website www.FairAtNewBoston.org Twitter @fairatnewboston or call 937-882-9216.
Story courtesy of Pam Cottrell, public relations for the Fair at New Boston.