Fair at New Boston in the News
"Prior to each year’s event, which is held at George Rogers Clark Park, all food items and cooking utensils are “juried,” meaning judged. Everything must meet strict authenticity requirements by the Heritage Association" ( GRCHA) "as being period (1790 to 1810) correct. The food vendor’s clothing and accessories must also meet the stringent requirements.... The food is primarily cooked using wood in an open fire...Sugar, salt, and pepper were known, while garlic was a new flavor enhancer at that time. During the event, the food vendors “bark” and brag about the quality of their delicacies from guarded recipes to tirelessly vie for customers of their 18th century frontier food. "
Glenn and Kim Creyts
Springfield News Sun 2015
”All of those that exhibit at the fair, including vendors and artisans will be in character, meaning they will interact with you as if you were an 18th Century visitor. They may even question that cell phone, or newfangled camera you might be carrying wondering exactly what it might do." TouringOhio.com 2016
"I could travel 12 hours to another historical event or 15 minutes for one of the most accurately portrayed events of its kind. It gets into you. Once it does, you’re hooked."
- Craig Shultz - Dayton Daily News 2014
"The Fair provides a snaphot - make that a sketch; the first photograph wasn't taken until 1814- of 18th century frontier life, from artisans and merchants to musicians and thespians to Woodland Indians and militiamen."
Springfield News Sun, August 2010
"Events like The Fair at New Boston become more important as schools either dilute or eliminate American history from curriculum... If children are going to learn about our heritage, it will be at quality events like the Fair at New Boston were we work hard at accuracy and authenticity."
-Dayton Daily News August 2008
“The Fair is a lively weekend full of living history, re-enactment and hands-on experience designed to take visitors back to the days when Ohio was still wild, rough and dangerous terrain. It pays homage to a time long before anyone could have imagined the cars and interstate highways bringing some 15,000 people every Labor Day weekend to George Rogers Clark Park west of Springfield, where they can meet the 600 to 700 costumed history-lovers who put on an event unlike anything else in the state.
“…The emphasis is on historical authenticity, crafts, accurate costumes and helping your family see what life was like back on the frontier in the olden times… There are re-enactors aplenty with real working muskets, craftspeople such as printers or lacemakers … a battle replay, food that seems and tastes authentic, and folks who stay in their accents. Imagine that. The fair happens to commemorate a large Revolutionary War battle … You’ll learn about the battle when you go visit next year.
And visit you should. I’ve been to a lot of the fairs and festivals in the Miami Valley for many years, and I think I have a new favorite.”
Dayton Daily News
Sept. 4, 2007
“Each year the fair has tried to do something new and interesting, but this year will be truly special…This year they will have a special presentation of an 18th century play….and appearances from heroes of the Old Northwest, including George Rogers Clark, Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton , and Ben Logan. …This year’s fair will include 43 artisans and 40 merchants who will have pottery, herbs, dried flowers, handmade chairs, silhouettes, jewelry, books, lanterns, material, clothing of the frontier era and more…”
Aug 26, 2007
“…Only food served at the Fair at New Boston is authentic to the time period, which is one of the big draws. Visitors dine on pork chops and corn roasted over an open fire. The sausages on a stick are a special old recipe recreated by a local butcher each year only for the Fair. The giant kettle of homemade noodles and chicken is also made from a carefully guarded recipe. The apple dumplings are cooked over an open fire; Buffalo meat is a hit at the Fair just was it would have been 200 years ago when buffalo walked this land. Turkey legs are a recent addition .... Various soups and stews, sliced fresh bread, and delicious desserts such as fresh picked red raspberries and cream are a true delight. One has to attend both days all day to sample all the wonderful food that is offered…”
“…One of the big highlights of the Fair at New Boston is always the First Mad River Light Artillery (FMRLA), a Charter Club of the NMLRA. Each day of the event begins and ends with a boom from the cannon. It is also fired many times during the day to the delight of the crowd that gathers to see the strict formality of the loading, firing, and cleaning after each shot. The bright matching uniforms of the artillery and their guards adds to the grandeur of the occasion. Music is added by a drummer and a fifer a proper distance away. At the end of each day the cannon is part of a Revolutionary War battle reenactment or tactical…”
“…Horses, and wagons are the only mode of transportation in this recreated world where electricity was only a silly side effect of Ben Franklin's kite flying. Teams of oxen share the streets with musicians, costumed re-enactors, and fairgoers, who will need to watch their steps. Along the grassy streets, artisans once again make wagon wheels, soap, pottery, silhouettes, and wooden chairs as they did 200 years ago. The hammers of blacksmiths chime in rhythm as the smoke of their hearths curls up past canvas canopies. Entertainers recreate the music and laughter of the time when Ohio transitioned from territory to state. Children sit on the ground in front of the puppet show and giggle…”