Fort Fest returning to Fort Jennings


By Tara Jones - tjones@limanews.com



Spectators watch the helicopters fly by during the kick off to the Fort Fest last year.

Spectators watch the helicopters fly by during the kick off to the Fort Fest last year.


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Six year-old Owen Dickman, of Dublin, waves a flag as he watches helicopters and motorcylces escort the military displays during the kick off to the Fort Fest last year

Six year-old Owen Dickman, of Dublin, waves a flag as he watches helicopters and motorcylces escort the military displays during the kick off to the Fort Fest last year


The Lima News file

Helicopters and motorcylces escort the military displays of the “Eyes of Freedom”during the kick off to the Fort Fest last year.


The Lima News file

A reenactor demonstrates at a past Fort Fest.


The Lima News file

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Fort Fest

WHEN: 4 to 10 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Fort Jennings Park and uptown Fort Jennings

ADMISSION: Free

FORT JENNINGS — Fort Jennings will transform into a Washington D.C. replica this weekend as Fort Fest returns.

The Moving Wall traveling Vietnam veterans memorial will return and be joined by the traveling World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

“We were really looking at just having the Vietnam wall back when we came across the others and thought how incredible would that be replicating a mini Washington D.C. for the weekend with all these exhibits in the same place,” said Fort Fest co-chair Wes Klir.

Klir said you don’t have to be a veteran or know one to appreciate the event. In addition to the traveling memorials, the event will feature Vietnam-era helicopter displays, re-enactments and the Children’s Camp 1812 where grade-schoolers can learn militia drills and crafts.

“This is for American patriots of all ages and backgrounds. It’s nice if you have a veteran in the family or they want to come, but you certainly don’t have to be a veteran to appreciate what they’ve done for our country,” Klir said. “It’s not only an opportunity to remind people of that but also to inspire future generations and pay respects to those who have sacrificed.”

Entertainment will be provided by Midwest Dueling Pianos, Truckstop Manners, the 338th Army Band and others. There will be wine and craft beer tasting as well as a variety of food and beverage options available throughout the weekend.

The event is free, and complimentary helicopter rides will be provided by the Huey 369 organization for those with a membership. For a full schedule of events, visit fjfortfest.com.

Spectators watch the helicopters fly by during the kick off to the Fort Fest last year.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_FortFest-August-14-20153.jpgSpectators watch the helicopters fly by during the kick off to the Fort Fest last year. The Lima News file
Six year-old Owen Dickman, of Dublin, waves a flag as he watches helicopters and motorcylces escort the military displays during the kick off to the Fort Fest last year
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_FortFest-August-14-201511.jpgSix year-old Owen Dickman, of Dublin, waves a flag as he watches helicopters and motorcylces escort the military displays during the kick off to the Fort Fest last year The Lima News file
Helicopters and motorcylces escort the military displays of the “Eyes of Freedom”during the kick off to the Fort Fest last year.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_FFb2.jpgHelicopters and motorcylces escort the military displays of the “Eyes of Freedom”during the kick off to the Fort Fest last year. The Lima News file
A reenactor demonstrates at a past Fort Fest.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_fort-fest.jpgA reenactor demonstrates at a past Fort Fest. The Lima News file

By Tara Jones

tjones@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Fort Fest

WHEN: 4 to 10 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Fort Jennings Park and uptown Fort Jennings

ADMISSION: Free

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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