Prescott – The annual Prescott Loyalist Days is taking place starting this Thursday, August 17th and running until Sunday, August 20th in the Fort Town.
The American Revolutionary War Re-Enactment and festival is being held on the grounds of Fort Wellington, in the historic Downtown RiverWalk District, Centennial Park and at Kelly’s Beach.
It all begins this Thursday with the Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market, Prescott Early Years Homemade Ice Cream Drop In, Lunch & Learn Lecture at Walker House, Rev War at Oswegatchie, Free Aquatic Fitness Class and Water Games.
The official opening ceremonies is being held at the Fort Cenotaph on Thursday evening starting at 6:00pm. It will feature the ceremonial changing of the flag, background on Jessup’s Rangers and the influence of United Empire Loyalists on the establishment of Prescott, Ontario and the Maple Leaf Brass Band.
Friday’s events will include, U.E.L. Crafts for Kids at the Forwarders’ Museum, a Public Swim, Kite Building Extravaganza, Moonlight Movie – playing family-friendly movie VALIANT, and the Flash & Roar Fireworks.
On Saturday the day starts out with the Prescott Youth Centre Breakfast and Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market. View dry fire artillery demonstrations, drills, and inspection of units on the fort field (east) and see the re-creation of the naval landing of the United Empire Loyalists at Prescott and the granting of the land lots. Watch the Military March & Press Gangs
Parade of marching units from Kelly’s Beach retuning to Fort Wellington National Historic Site.
A Re-Enactment Battle will take place from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at the Heritage Walking Trail south of the Fort. The participating units this year will include:
Kings Royal Yorkers
64th Regiment of Foot
84th Regiment of Foot – Royal Highland Emigrants
2nd Massachusetts Regiment
24th Regiment of Foot
As well there will be a Corn Boil & BBQ Lunch by Seaway Christian Church at Fort Wellington, a Kids Zone south of Fort Wellington and Highway 2, a Children’s Muster, Dream Catcher Workshop with Bryan Martin, Magic With An Edge at the Fort, 18th Century high-fashion show, woodlands BBQ, Evening Cannonade Firing Display – Musket and artillery barrage and the day wraps up with the Loyalist Days Bash.
On Sunday, the last day of the festival there will be a Breakfast at St. Paul’s United Church, an outdoor 18th Century Inter-denominational Church Service, Tallship Black Jack Deck Tours at Port of Call, a Cricket Match, Scouts BBQ Lunch at Fort, Flag Lowering Ceremony and Black Jack Tallship Sail
For more information please visit: https://www.loyalistdays.ca