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Fort Meigs bicentennial celebrations start with a blast of artillery

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A cannon fires during half an hour of exchange Friday, May 3, 2013 between Fort Meigs in Perrysburg and other re-enactors on the opposite bank of the Maumee River. Several companies of re-enactors, including Fort Meigs' Cushings Company 2d Artillery, were present.

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Artillery fire from 200 years before came to life today through flash pots and round charges at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg. 

The reenactment on both sides of the Maumee River, including a few artillery in the fort.

It was the first of several events that commemorate the 200th anniversary of the First Siege of Fort Meigs by recreating military camps and tactical demonstrations from 1813.

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Rick Finch, director of Fort Meigs, said he hopes thousands of people visit Perrysburg over the weekend to see the fort and its demonstrations and events.

Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. will be battle reenactments at the fort. The fort will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. There will be several other demonstrations of weapons from that time and fife and drum performances. 

There will be five different speakers in the speaker's tent at the fort between Saturday and Sunday as well. Rob Whitman at noon Saturday will talk about the Battle of Lake Erie.

In addition to all the Fort Meigs activities already planned there will be two traveling exhibits at the fort this weekend. The Canadian War Museum will be there, and the Ohio National Guard will have an exhibit on Ohio militia uniforms in every conflict it has been involved in.

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