Fort Stephenson Bicentennial Celebration this weekend

The city of Fremont is rediscovering their roots and history this weekend with a huge celebration.
Ariel Shuey
Jul 30, 2013

The celebration will begin with an opening ceremony, beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 2.

The ceremony will take place on the old middle school property, or the main stage, at the corner of Park Avenue and Court Street in Fremont. “We plan to have a lot of fun with it,” Katherine Rice, travel event specialist said. The fun being possible firing of cannons, live entertainment and ringing bells.

Want to go?

WHAT: Fort Stephenson Biccentennial celebration
WHEN: Friday-Saturday, August 2-4
WHERE: downtown Fremont and Birchard Public Library
COST: Free admission 

Ongoing at Flag Park (across from the main stage) will be an reenchantment taking place at various times throughout the weekend and will pay tribute to all veterans.

“People can see what it was like to be like a soldier [in 1812]. We will be honoring our veterans multiple times throughout the weekend,” explained Rice.

Battle reenactments are planned to take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Most of the events center around the block of the Birchard Public Library, Flag Park, Courthouse and the old middle school property in downtown Fremont.

“I am very excited and think it will be a very cool event. I think we need to teach our children’s legacy, because if we don’t, who will?" Rice explained. 

A hoedown will also be taking place on Friday, July 29 at 6 p.m. on the main stage.

“Back then people would dance to fiddles and violins that would be playing mountain music,” she said. “Hoe down was the best way to describe this period dance.”

For the adults in the area, there will be a beer tent and plenty of live entertainment.

“One of the biggest features is the WaterSpider Drum band out of Maumee. “They are going to be a big hit,” said Rice. “They come from the Black Swamp InterTribal Foundation.”

Children-friendly games will take place at Birchard Public Library which will include an archeological dig, dressing up like soldiers, to touching a cannon ball.

If period based entertainment isn’t your flavor, there will be plenty of modern fun and games put on by the Sandusky County YMCA, as well as other modern food and craft vendors.

“You will get a taste of both worlds,” Rice explained. “If the kids want a hog dog, they can go get a hot dog, if they want to try something a little more old school, they can try that as well. You can get a little flavor of both this weekend.”

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