Prescott – More than 300 re-enactors descended on Prescott this past weekend for the return of Prescott’s Loyalist Days.
The festival returned after 5 years as part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. The re-enactors came from across Ontario and from the United States.
The four day festival got underway on Thursday evening with the official opening ceremonies at the cenotaph at Fort Wellington.
Saturday saw the landing of the Loyalists at Kelly Beach which also saw the tall ship ‘Black Jack’ participating in the re-enactment. The Loyalists then marched from the beach to Fort Wellington.
Saturday afternoon was the first of two Revolutionary War battle re-enactments which saw the rebels winning over the British. Sunday’s re-enactment saw the British prevailing.
Encampents were set up on the grounds of Fort Wellington.
Organizers say they had more re-enactors come than they anticipated and the crowds were larger as well.
Loyalist Days use to be an annual event during the 80’s and 90’s, and was revived from 2008 to 2012, but becasue of the logistics of getting re-enactors to come every year was difficult it ended.
Mayor Brett Todd said rather than being an annual event, Loyalist Days might instead be something that happens every few years, much like the tall ships festivals in Brockville.