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Ohio Civil War and WWI and II Show planned

• Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM

MANSFIELD — The 40th annual Ohio Civil War And WWI and II Show will be held at the Richland County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7. 

Show times are 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 and children younger than 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is included in the cost of admission.

About 380 exhibitors from 38 states will be participating in Ohio’s only Civil War And WWI and II Show. The show features 750 tables of military memorabilia from 1775 through 1945 for buy, sell, trade and display making this the largest quality show of its kind in the country. In addition, related items such as books, images, photographs, paper goods, Civil War prints and some women’s apparel will be available to the public and collectors.

In conjunction with the above, the 25th annual Artillery Show will feature full-size cannons, limbers, caisson, Gatling guns and mortars. This is the only Artillery Show of this kind in the country where persons can view field guns, equipment and displays that relate to America’s wars from 1775 through 1945. As an added feature, people will have a rare opportunity to see cannon firing demonstrations: 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

This year’s show will feature a 1776 Revolutionary War Living History Encampment by the 8 th Pennsylvania Regiment, which will be performing drills, musket firing, colonial period camp cooking, and also showing and explaining various period military attire and other demonstrations.

Another feature of the show will be a Civil War Field Hospital Scenario with simulated limb amputations and medical practices of the Civil War. Along with this, there will be a Living History Civil War Encampment depicting military life.

Other outdoor features include period music by harp/dulcimer, banjo/violins. A Sutler’s Row, featuring 40 sutlers, will have available reproduction items and apparel for both the military and civilian re-enactors.

A living history encampment by the army of Ohio will have their authentic camp open to the public and will be performing military drills, firing demonstrations and marches through the grounds daily at random times.

Those attending also can see World War II encampments, weapons and vehicles. Experience how the soldiers lived and survived in their camps.

The Marlboro Volunteer Traveling Museum will offer a spectacular display of our history from Revolutionary War up to current times including military vehicles. You can talk with Veterans and living historians.

There will be an outdoor church service for re-enactors, exhibitors and public at 10 a.m. Sunday at the flagpole.

President Abe Lincoln will be attending the show on both Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to hear his Gettysburg Address.

A repeat feature for this year will be random music performances both days by the Camp Chase Fife and Drum and the Civil War Band – a crowd pleaser!

A unique showing will be a full-size Civil War Supply Wagon, completed by Battery D, 1 st Ohio Light Artillery, Ashland. This is the only known reproduction. Only one original has survived the thousands used from the Civil War, and is on display at Fort Sill, Okla. This wagon can be considered the “Semi Trailer” of the 1860s. 

For more information, visit the show website at www.ohiocivilwarshow.com.

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