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Fort Firelands hosts Pioneer and Primitive Arts festival

Fort Firelands RV Resort will be hosting it’s 7th annual Pioneer and Primitive Arts Festival on June 8th and 9th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fort Firelands, located at 5650 E Harbor Rd in Marblehead on Rt. 163 at Rt. 269, is offering this event free and open to the public.

“We are very excited to be at Fort Firelands this year,” Bob Kelly, Captain of “Taylor’s Battery” says. “Our Civil War group portrays both the North and the South, as our members have ancestors from both sides. We are looking forward to having some fun, while keeping history alive.”

The festival features experiences and primitive arts from the Paleo hunter to the American Revolution, through the Mountain Man period and the Civil War. Re-enactors in authentic dresss convey life on the early frontier. Musicians, tomahawk throwing, cannon firing, mock skirmishes and a variety of other interactive demonstrations will be happening throughout both days. Period vendors will be on hand to sell old-time wares.

Members of the Ohio Atlatl Association (pronounced “at lattle”) will be on site to give children and adults a rare opportunity to try their hand at the Atlatl. Used by the Paleo hunter 12,000 years ago, the Atlatl is a device for throwing 6-7 foot darts that look like giant arrows. “We are proud to host the Ohio Atlatl Association,” says Jeff Barton, one of the owners of Fort Firelands RV Resort. “This is the only event they hold in Northwest Ohio.” 

While at Fort Firelands, visitors are encouraged to stop in Port•N•Starboard restaurant, the various shops and the flea market.

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