Fort Fest 2018

Fort Fest 2018 - August 17-19

Camp 1812 Kids Camp

1812 Reenactment

MIA/POW Memorial Wall / Tomb of the Unkown Soldier Replica

Biker Escort

If you have any suggestions, please contact the Co-Chairs for Fort Fest 2018 - Jerry Siefker ( or Dr. Wes Klir (

Fort Jennings is a Purple Heart Community

In 2012, Fort Jennings became the first Village in the United States to be declared a Purple Heart Village, honoring all military men and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty.


Every third weekend in August, the rural community of Fort Jennings, Ohio swells from a population of 500 to several thousand people who gather to celebrate our military history and our veterans. This three day event features exhibits from all over the United States including the Vietnam era helicopters of the Huey 369 Organization.

Along the historic banks of the Auglaize River, an 1812 encampment of re-enactors can be found with period artisans, musicians, and many artillery and cannon displays. Black powder and cannon fire fill the air at live War of 1812 re-enactments that take place at twilight on Friday and again on Saturday afternoon. The Vietnam re-enactment group, The Wolf Hounds, make camp near a large military vehicle show held on Saturday and perform live re-enactments of Vietnam battles utilizing the Huey helicopters.  An enormous display of military memorabilia and artifacts is housed at the Jennings Memorial building built to honor Lt. Col. William Jennings who established the Fort during the War of 1812.  Many other military displays and tributes will be present including the Ohio MIA/POW wall and the Tomb of  the Uknown Soldier.

Other activities include a motorcade/motorcycle run, wine tasting, car show, and entertainment featuring Truckstop Manners, Copper Creek Road and Gary Stennett’s Cross Eyed Willie Band, and The 338th Army Band

Over $20,000 in cash and prizes can be won by attendees during the weekend of Fort Fest, and a variety of food and beverage options are available.
Flights on the Huey helicopter are arranged on a first come, first serve basis and the cost of these flights goes directly to the American Huey 369 Organization, however ALL military exhibits, re-enactments, and entertainment are FREE!

Help us to commemorate our military history and the contributions of all our beloved veterans.  Make a plan to join us at Fort Fest, one of the most unique festivals in Northwest Ohio!!


Fort Fest 2018

August 17-19, 2018

FJ Park Giveaway

Grand Prize Drawing- Friday, August 17

Gun Raffle

Ticket Request Form

Live Entertainment

Friday: Truckstop Manners

Saturday: Killer Haze, Exploit, Dueling Pianos

Sunday: The 338th Army Band

Camp 1812 Kids Camp

1812 Reenactment

Local Sponsors

A great place to live

Fort Jennings is a small community located in Northwest Ohio. The Fort Jennings Park Board consists of a group of volunteers who take pride in maintaining the local park as well as raising funds for improvements and repairs. Each year, the Park Board hosts multiple fund raising events and encourages the support of the community in donating and participating in the events.

Contact us

Fort Jennings Park Board
P.O. Box 88
Fort Jennings, OH 45844

FJ Park Boosters: 419-286-3200
Rec Club Rental: 419-286-2600


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Park Board Members

Nate Wannemacher (President)

Derek Kaverman (Vice President)

Charlie Maag (Treasurer)

Brian Recker (Secretary)

Chris Nichols

Eric Krietemeyer

Jonathan Metzger

Scott Aldrich

James Buettner

Jared Goins

David Smith