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Fort Firelands Pioneer and Primitive Arts Festival

Fort Firelands RV Resort’s 8th annual Pioneer and Primitive Arts Festival on June 14-15 offers historical and interactive experiences for the entire family. Fort Firelands is located at 5650 E Harbor Rd in Marblehead, on Rt. 163 at Rt. 269. The event is being held 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

From the Paleo hunter to the American Revolution, through the Mountain Man period and the Civil War, authentic re-enactors and musicians will take you back in time. Learn to make an arrowhead, throw a tomahawk, or even better… have the rare opportunity of throwing an Atlatl (pronounced “at lattle”). 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. “Once you try it, you’ll be hooked,” says Jeff Barton, owner of Fort Firelands. “We are fortunate to be the only event in NW Ohio in which the Ohio Atlatl Association participates”

“This is our 8th year and the festival has really grown,” said Jeff Barton, owner of Fort Firelands.

The event is free and open to the public. While at Fort Firelands, visitors are encouraged to shop at Port N Starboard restaurant and the various shops and flea market.

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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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