Grove City Record

Encampment returns to Fryer Park Saturday

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History comes alive this weekend in Grove City.

The annual Grove City Encampment, presented by the city and the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 7, in Century Village at Fryer Park, 4185 Orders Road.

The event will offer attendees a glimpse of life in the community in the mid-19th century. Residents can participate in several activities, including guided tours through the historic buildings of Century Village, tasting homemade bean soup and cornbread prepared over a fire, and the always popular tomahawk throwing.

"That's always a fan favorite," said Recreation Superintendent Ed Merritt. "We'll have a lot of different things available to view and discuss."

Blacksmith Jeremiah Young also will be giving live demonstrations in the shop throughout the day.

"We currently are offering blacksmith classes, and you can sign up for them (at the Encampment)," Merritt said.

Other events lined up for the Encampment include an 1860s baseball game by the Ohio Village Muffins in authentic-style uniforms, at 1 p.m.

"The Ohio Muffins will be playing one of our local teams of volunteers," Merritt said. "We've actually beat them before, so there's a little bit of a rivalry."

Live traditional bluegrass music will be provided by the Slate Ridge Bluegrass Band at noon, the Open Rail Bluegrass Band at 1:45 p.m. and Out of Mind Bluegrass at 3:30 p.m.

"We hope to host a jam session by the end of the day," Merritt said.

Historical fiction writer Carolyn Shotsky also will be on hand to discuss the raid of Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan through Indiana and Ohio. Members of the Veterans Administration, Grove City Community Based Outpatient Clinic also will be present during the event.

"It's just a great afternoon, a good, hands-on experience," Merritt said. "There's a lot of young people who don't know what life was like the 1850s, and that's kind of why the village is there and why we have the Encampment."

Admission to the Encampment is free. However, donations to the Grove City Food Pantry will be accepted. The Grove City Kiwanis Club will be on hand selling food and beverages during the event.

For more information about the Encampment, including a schedule of events, contact the Grove City Parks and Recreation Office at 614-277-3050.

Attendees should park in the lot off Orders Road adjacent to Century Village. Overflow parking will be available next door in the grass next to the lot.

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