Clark County and other local students experienced the 18th century through Education Day at the Fair at New Boston on Friday.
Around 1,100 fourth and fifth graders from public, private, and home schools came together to learn what it was like to live in 1799.
Students learned from artisans - how to make brooms and scribe, historians, merchants, reenactors, and the militia.
“There are different avenues they can look at,” said Tom Rumpke, Fair Master of the Fair at New Boston. “They can learn a lot.”
Each year the military is a huge hit, especially the large cannon that many students gather around.
“They (students) are all about interacting with all of our reenactors,” said Helen Miller, Assistant Fair Master of the Fair at New Boston.
Long-time reenactor, Perry Riley Jr. enjoys Education Day the most.
“I love education and I love history,” Riley said. “People who lose track of their history are gonna lose track and end up repeating mistakes.”
He said the students were very focused on Friday searching for items in a scavenger hunt. They enjoyed asking him what was in his nose - it was a war stick.
“I wear it on kids day because it’s kinda like crowd control,” Riley jokingly said.
Students learned about history through real-life demonstrations that can not be taught in the classroom.
“I’m their social studies teacher and there is no better way to teach social studies than going back 200 years in history,” Lori Saunders, a fourth grade teacher at Rolling Hills Elementary School in the Northeastern Local School District said.
“I’m enjoying it a lot,” said Brady Anderson, a student of Saunders. “Seeing how it was in the 1700s, it’s just really fun.”
The Fair at New Boston is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at George Rogers Clark Park, 930 S. Tecumseh Road in Springfield. The event will go on rain or shine.
Visitors are reminded that cash only will be accepted for admission.
New events this year include an adult SnapChat scavenger hunt and kids militia.