Ohio Valley Frontier Days set for weekend

LEARNING HOW TO MAKE ROPE — Youngsters try their hand at making rope at last year’s Ohio Valley Frontier Days held at Historic Fort Steuben. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Valley Frontier Days is set to bring the past alive on Saturday and Sunday.

According to Historic Fort Steuben Executive Director Judy Bratten, “The annual festival brings together re-enactors, crafters, musicians and history lovers to offer a sense of life over 200 years ago in Ohio.”

“Opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with a procession through the site followed by a flag raising and program. Throughout the weekend there will be presentations on the tragedy of Chief Logan, Native American traditions, 18th century military drill and various crafts, including rope making, bucket making, woodcarving and candle making,” explained Bratten.

“The Northwest Territory School of Surveying will be open to students and visitors. Baron Friedrich von Steuben will teach the use of the musket, Frontier Dan will supervise the Tomahawk Toss and Thundering Hooves 4-H will again offer pony rides with photo opportunities. In the visitors center, members of the Ohio Valley Sons of the American Revolution will give information on researching genealogy,” continued Bratten.

“Each of the fort’s eight fully furnished buildings, the archaeology dig and the First Federal Land Office will have guides stationed to tell the stories of the people and artifacts that were there. The blacksmith, flintknapper, spoon maker and candle maker demonstrate their skills while vendors sell their unique hand-crafted products,” she noted.

Vendors this year include Jewelry by Carol, the Crystal Cave, Green Fairy Botanicals, Spiritual Earth, hand-crafted leather and McMahon’s Irish Cottage Gifts.

Bratten said members of Many Nations will teach American Indian dancing and demonstrate and sell crafts near the Land Office.

“Inside the visitors center, traditional music by Rich and Kathy Small on Saturday and Bill Schilling and Friends on Sunday will fill the air, while award-winning Ohio singer/songwriter Steve Free will perform on the outdoor stage on Saturday afternoon,” noted Bratten.

Food vendors will offer a selection of treats, including bison burgers, gourmet popcorn, elephant ears, hot dogs, tacos, sno-cones and gelato.

A frontier dance on the Fort Steuben Park lawn under the direction of Bob Tomlinson is planned from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. A $5 donation is requested.

Ohio Valley Frontier Days will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

General admission is $6 for adults; $3 for youth 6-12 and free for those under age 6. A family rate is available. For information, call (740) 283-1787.