MANSFIELD — The 40th Ohio Civil War And World War I and World War II Show will be at the Richland County Fairgrounds the first weekend in Mat. Show times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $7; children under 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 the show that is expected to include 750 tables of military memorabilia from 1775 through 1945 for buy, sell, trade. This is 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, cassion, 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 on Saturday and Sunday.
This years show will feature a 1776 Revolutionary War Living History Encampment by the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment who will be performing drills, musket firing, colonial period camp cooking, and also showing and explaining various period military attire and other demonstrations. A look back into history.
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.