Fort Fest: Remembering the WWII-era bomber crash


Patriotic festival returns to Fort Jennings Aug. 20-22

By Mackenzi Klemann - mklemann@limanews.com



Six-year-old Owen Dickman of Dublin waves a flag as he watches helicopters and motorcycles escort the military displays of the “Eyes of Freedom” during the kick-off to a previous Fort Fest.

Six-year-old Owen Dickman of Dublin waves a flag as he watches helicopters and motorcycles escort the military displays of the “Eyes of Freedom” during the kick-off to a previous Fort Fest.


Amanda Wilson - The Lima News

Friday

Noon to 4 p.m. American Huey Membership Flights, Fort Jennings Park, 100 E. 1 St., Fort Jennings

3-10 p.m. Eyes of Freedom & Silent Battle Display, Fort Jennings Fire Department

3-10 p.m. Small Wars and Conflicts Memorial, Fort Jennings Fire Department

3-10 p.m. First Responder Traveling Memorial, Fort Jennings Fire Department

4-10 p.m. Hometown Heroes Exhibit, Memorial Hall

4-10 p.m. Master Modeler Exhibit, Memorial Hall

4:30 p.m. American Legion Steak Dinner, American Legion

5 p.m. Escort arrival into Fort Jennings, Uptown

5-10 p.m. Ohio POW/MIA Display, Fort Jennings Park

5-10 p.m. Vietnam Mini Wall Display, Fort Jennings Park

5-9 p.m. War of 1812 Encampment, Fort Jennings Park

5-9 p.m. Wolfhounds/Black Lions Vientam Display, Fort Jennings Park

5-9 p.m. Car Show & FJFD Water Rescue Open House, Uptown

5-9 p.m. Barrels & Brews Wine Tasting and Craft Beer, Uptown

5-9 p.m. Kids Fun Zone Bounce Houses, Uptown

5 to 7:30 p.m. Live Music, Uptown

6:30 p.m. Cold War Demonstrations, Fort Jennings Park

7:30 p.m. 1812 Tavern Demonstration, Fort Jennings Park

8:30 p.m. War of 1812 Twilight Reenactment, Fort Jennings Park

9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Live Music, Uptown

Saturday

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eyes of Freedom & Silent Battle Display, Fort Jennings Fire Department

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Small Wars & Conflicts Memorial, Fire Department

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. First Responder Traveling Memorial, Fire Department

9 a.m. Morning Colors & 1812 Opening Ceremony, Fort Jennings Park

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Camp 1812, Fort Jennings Park (Register by 8:30 a.m.)

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hometown Heroes Exhibit, Memorial Hall

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Master Modeler Exhibit, Memorial Hall

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ohio POW/MIA Display, FJ Park

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Vietnam Mini Wall Display, FJ Park

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Historic Military Vehicle Display, FJ Park

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. American Huey Public Flights, FJ Park

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wolfhounds/Black Lions Vietnam Display, FJ Park

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Live Music, Uptown

11:30 a.m. Cold War Weapons & Uniform Demonstration, FJ Park

12-3 p.m. Poker Run, FJ Park (Register by 11 a.m.)

1-9 p.m. Kids Fun Zone Bounce Houses, Uptown

1 p.m. Unknown Soldier Tribute Ceremony, Uptown

3-6 p.m. Live Music, Uptown

3:30 p.m. 1812 Skirmish Reenactment - Auglaize River, FJ Park

4 p.m. Vietnam Reenactment, FJ Park

4:45 p.m. 1812 Tavern Brewing Demonstration, FJ Park

5 p.m. Native Song, Story Program, Memorial Hall

6 p.m. B26 Plane Crash Historical Marker Unveiling, Memorial Hall

6-8 p.m. Horse-Drawn History Tours, Uptown

7-11 p.m. Lions Club Duck Races, Uptown

Sunday

8:45 a.m. Morning Colors & 1812 Ceremony, Fort Jennings Park

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. War of 1812 Encampment, FJ Park

9:30 a.m. Veterans Mass, Church

10 a.m. 1812 Camp Sunday Service, FJ Park

10:30 a.m. Special Guest Jim Crigler on Gold Star Families and PTSD, Church

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Master Molder Exhibit, Memorial Hall

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wolfhounds/Black Lions Display, FJ Park

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eyes of Freedom & Silent Battle, Fire Department

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Small Wars & Conflicts Memorial, Fire Department

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. First Responder Memorial Display, Fire Department

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ameican Huey Public Flights, FJ Park

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ohio POW/MIA Display, FJ Park

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vietnam Mini Wall Display, FJ Park

10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Hometown Heroes Exhibit, Memorial Hall

11 a.m. Native Song & Story Program, Memorial Hall

11:30 a.m. Tomahawk & Knife Demonstration, FJ Park

1 p.m. Live Music, FJ Park

1 p.m. B26 Plane Crash Commemoration, County Road S & Road 19

FORT JENNINGS — The families of four men killed here in a 1942 World War II bomber crash will be in Fort Jennings this weekend for the unveiling of a historical marker during Fort Fest, which is returning after a brief hiatus in 2020.

The military tribute festival celebrates the town’s history as a military outpost during the War of 1812, for a weekend of car shows, helicopter rides, war re-enactments and other patriotic festivities in downtown Fort Jennings.

This year, Fort Fest will pay tribute to the seven men who died here when a mechanical failure downed a B-26 bomber in a Jennings Township field during World War II. Their remains were never recovered, but Fort Jennings will soon be home to a historical marker recognizing their lives, according to an event press release.

Families of four of the men will be in town when the historical marker is unveiled at 6 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Hall, 360 N. Water St., Fort Jennings. A ceremony will also be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at County Road S and Road 19 in Jennings Township, the site of the crash, to close out the festival.

Visitors who stop by downtown Fort Jennings this weekend will be greeted by endless patriotic displays: tributes to the unknown soldier, Ohio’s hometown heroes and prisoners of war; a miniature Vietnam War Memorial in Fort Jennings Park or the Eyes of Freedom traveling memorial to fallen Marines and Navy Corpsmen of the Lima Company.

Then there’s the 1812 Village, open all weekend alongside the Wolfhounds and Black Lions Vietnam War camps, vintage military vehicles and Cold War or 1812-era tavern demonstrations in the park. And there will be plenty of live period re-enactments, like Friday evening’s War of 1812 twilight re-enactment, one of the festival’s highlights.

Visitors can even catch a glimpse of Vietnam-era aircraft, which will be escorted into town Friday courtesy of American Huey 369. The public will have an opportunity to sign up for membership flights or simply take a look at the Medevac “Slick” and Huey Gunship on display.

A classic car cruise-in Friday will play host to local breweries and wineries at the Fort Fest Barrels and Brews Wine and Craft Beer event. Classic fair food will also be on sale for those looking for a bite to eat.

Visitors will even have the chance to win $15,000 in cash, guns and prizes all weekend, according to the press release.

Live entertainment this year comes from the Naked Karate Girls and Nashville artists Kristen Kelly, Kyle Mercer and Tim Baumgartner.

Six-year-old Owen Dickman of Dublin waves a flag as he watches helicopters and motorcycles escort the military displays of the “Eyes of Freedom” during the kick-off to a previous Fort Fest.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/08/web1_FortFest-August-14-201511.jpgSix-year-old Owen Dickman of Dublin waves a flag as he watches helicopters and motorcycles escort the military displays of the “Eyes of Freedom” during the kick-off to a previous Fort Fest. Amanda Wilson - The Lima News
Patriotic festival returns to Fort Jennings Aug. 20-22

By Mackenzi Klemann

mklemann@limanews.com

Friday

Noon to 4 p.m. American Huey Membership Flights, Fort Jennings Park, 100 E. 1 St., Fort Jennings

3-10 p.m. Eyes of Freedom & Silent Battle Display, Fort Jennings Fire Department

3-10 p.m. Small Wars and Conflicts Memorial, Fort Jennings Fire Department

3-10 p.m. First Responder Traveling Memorial, Fort Jennings Fire Department

4-10 p.m. Hometown Heroes Exhibit, Memorial Hall

4-10 p.m. Master Modeler Exhibit, Memorial Hall

4:30 p.m. American Legion Steak Dinner, American Legion

5 p.m. Escort arrival into Fort Jennings, Uptown

5-10 p.m. Ohio POW/MIA Display, Fort Jennings Park

5-10 p.m. Vietnam Mini Wall Display, Fort Jennings Park

5-9 p.m. War of 1812 Encampment, Fort Jennings Park

5-9 p.m. Wolfhounds/Black Lions Vientam Display, Fort Jennings Park

5-9 p.m. Car Show & FJFD Water Rescue Open House, Uptown

5-9 p.m. Barrels & Brews Wine Tasting and Craft Beer, Uptown

5-9 p.m. Kids Fun Zone Bounce Houses, Uptown

5 to 7:30 p.m. Live Music, Uptown

6:30 p.m. Cold War Demonstrations, Fort Jennings Park

7:30 p.m. 1812 Tavern Demonstration, Fort Jennings Park

8:30 p.m. War of 1812 Twilight Reenactment, Fort Jennings Park

9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Live Music, Uptown

Saturday

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eyes of Freedom & Silent Battle Display, Fort Jennings Fire Department

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Small Wars & Conflicts Memorial, Fire Department

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. First Responder Traveling Memorial, Fire Department

9 a.m. Morning Colors & 1812 Opening Ceremony, Fort Jennings Park

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Camp 1812, Fort Jennings Park (Register by 8:30 a.m.)

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hometown Heroes Exhibit, Memorial Hall

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Master Modeler Exhibit, Memorial Hall

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ohio POW/MIA Display, FJ Park

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Vietnam Mini Wall Display, FJ Park

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Historic Military Vehicle Display, FJ Park

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. American Huey Public Flights, FJ Park

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wolfhounds/Black Lions Vietnam Display, FJ Park

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Live Music, Uptown

11:30 a.m. Cold War Weapons & Uniform Demonstration, FJ Park

12-3 p.m. Poker Run, FJ Park (Register by 11 a.m.)

1-9 p.m. Kids Fun Zone Bounce Houses, Uptown

1 p.m. Unknown Soldier Tribute Ceremony, Uptown

3-6 p.m. Live Music, Uptown

3:30 p.m. 1812 Skirmish Reenactment - Auglaize River, FJ Park

4 p.m. Vietnam Reenactment, FJ Park

4:45 p.m. 1812 Tavern Brewing Demonstration, FJ Park

5 p.m. Native Song, Story Program, Memorial Hall

6 p.m. B26 Plane Crash Historical Marker Unveiling, Memorial Hall

6-8 p.m. Horse-Drawn History Tours, Uptown

7-11 p.m. Lions Club Duck Races, Uptown

Sunday

8:45 a.m. Morning Colors & 1812 Ceremony, Fort Jennings Park

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. War of 1812 Encampment, FJ Park

9:30 a.m. Veterans Mass, Church

10 a.m. 1812 Camp Sunday Service, FJ Park

10:30 a.m. Special Guest Jim Crigler on Gold Star Families and PTSD, Church

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Master Molder Exhibit, Memorial Hall

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wolfhounds/Black Lions Display, FJ Park

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eyes of Freedom & Silent Battle, Fire Department

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Small Wars & Conflicts Memorial, Fire Department

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. First Responder Memorial Display, Fire Department

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ameican Huey Public Flights, FJ Park

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ohio POW/MIA Display, FJ Park

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vietnam Mini Wall Display, FJ Park

10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Hometown Heroes Exhibit, Memorial Hall

11 a.m. Native Song & Story Program, Memorial Hall

11:30 a.m. Tomahawk & Knife Demonstration, FJ Park

1 p.m. Live Music, FJ Park

1 p.m. B26 Plane Crash Commemoration, County Road S & Road 19

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