Once you’ve completed your bicentennial sightseeing, it’s time to get in on the action at one of the signature events that highlight Ohio’s rich heritage:
? The Path to Statehood: Bicentennial Wagon Train <www.muleskinner.com>: When Ohio became a state, many settlers traveled on wagon trains to their new homes. You can witness a re-creation of this journey as a wagon train travels from the Ohio River along US 40 to the Indiana state line. This event runs during June and July. Check the Web site for updates.
? Inventing Flight: The Centennial Celebration <www.inventingf light. com>: Dayton, Ohio, was home to the Wright brothers when they successfully achieved airplane flight 100 years ago. The city will host a centennial anniversary celebration of that aeronautical feat. An air show, international blimp competition and other activities take place downtown July 3-20.
? Celebration of Lake Erie Heritage: Ohio Bicentennial Tall Ships <www.tallshipstoledo.com>: Trek to ports along the coast of Lake Erie to witness the largest gathering of tall ships in Ohio since the 19th century. Toledo and Cleveland are the designated fleet ports for this event, which takes place July 9-20.
? Tall Stacks on the Ohio River <www.tallstacks.com>: Nightly fireworks displays, hot-air balloon races and musical entertainment keep this river festival flowing in downtown Cincinnati. Civil War encampments and paddle-wheel steamboats give visitors a dose of living history Oct. 15-19.
For more information on the activities and events surrounding Ohio’s bicentennial, call (888) OHIO-200 or visit <www.ohio200.org>.
From the June 2003 Family Tree Magazine