Dr. Wes Klir stands beside an War of 1812 collection that was on display in the Fort Jennings Memorial Hall last weekend. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Dr. Wes Klir stands beside an War of 1812 collection that was on display in the Fort Jennings Memorial Hall last weekend. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

FORT JENNINGS — The Village of Fort Jennings celebrated Fort Fest on Friday and Saturday, which is a one-of-a-kind festival themed “A Salute to Our Military.” Throughout the weekend, the celebration honored the military history of Fort Jennings as an outpost in the War of 1812 featuring a variety of military exhibits.

Friday's events included Huey 369 helicopter flights along with a motorcade and helicopter escorting bringing the Eyes of Freedom display into the village.

On Friday evening an 1812 Reenactment was held at the park.

Saturday's events included a morning/day camp called Camp of 1812, run by War of 1812 re-enactors, Throughout the day there was period minstrels, artisans, vendors, demonstrators and Indian story tellers.

The Fort Jennings Memorial Hall became a museum showing historical items from the War of 1812 until the present.

Read more about this festival and see more pictures in the Aug. 20 edition of the Putnam County Sentinel.