The Parade: This one-hour parade is packed with 19th century costumes, horses, magnificent carriages, antique tractors, classic vehicles and marching bands. The parade begins at 11am at the Warren L. Miller elementary school and travels up Main street before turning left onto West Wellsboro street and ends on Bescanceny Drive.
Smythe Park: Food, games, live entertainment, vendor booths and more fill the park from 11am until dusk.
Balloon Rally: There’s no feeling on earth like floating lazily below fluffy white clouds hundreds of feet above the earth. Fully licensed experienced pilots provide our balloon rides. Weather permitting, liftoffs take place in Smythe Park and are scheduled for approximately 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Rides last about 45 minutes and touchdown can occur whichever way the wind is blowing. Our balloon chase crews will follow your progress and chauffeur you back to the park. Reservations are required for the 45-minute ride. All balloon events are ‘weather permitting.’
1890s Museum: Drop by the 1890s Museum set up in the park for a close-up look at the way things used to be. The museum is filled with artifacts, photos and displays of life in 19th century America, plus demonstrations of bygone crafts. This year, the History Center will be celebrating community anniversaries including the 50th anniversary of the Warren L. Miller elementary school. Jack Novak, much beloved retired principal, will be on hand to meet former students and share the scrapbooks and photo albums that he compiled during his years as principal – 1966-1993.
1890s Football Re-enactment: Our MU Track and Field Team have the only team in the world that can accurately re-create football of the 1890s and the night game that started a national tradition. It’s rugged, fast paced, and often humorous. It was called the “killer sport.” See why! The re-enactment begins at dusk.
Fabulous Fireworks: A magnificent end to a beautiful weekend! Commemorating Mansfield’s role in America’s history, the spectacular 1890s fireworks light up September’s evening sky in sync with a background of America’s best patriotic tunes from the past two centuries.