Niagara Parks is pleased to announce the return of its annual Soldiers’ Field Day competition, to be held at Old Fort Erie, on Saturday, August 25. Come cheer on the soldiers and settlers of the day, as they compete in various military drill competitions, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Soldiers’ Field Day is an annual event that allows for some friendly competition amongst Niagara Parks’ Heritage team. Throughout the summer, staff are required to learn War of 1812 military drill, cooking techniques, as well as have an in-depth knowledge of the war. During the Soldiers’ Field Day, Heritage staff will be put to the test, as they are placed into teams and compete throughout the day in five separate events, including: Manual of Arms Drill, Trivia, Perfect Volley, Speed Load and Seneca Run. The winning team will be announced during the 4:30 p.m. historical demonstration. Entry to the event is included with your paid admission of $12.50 for adults and $8.15 for children ages 6 to 12 (taxes excluded). Children under 5 are free.
Old Fort Erie is approximately 30 kilometres (19 mile) or a scenic 20-minute drive south of Niagara Falls and is located close to the Peace Bridge, across from Buffalo, New York. The Visitors Centre, grounds and main floor rooms of the Old Fort are wheelchair accessible. For more information, please call (905) 871-0540.