Arts, Crafts and Kite festival to be held at Fort Ontario

The Friends of Fort Ontario will host an Arts, Crafts, and Kites Festival on the spacious and historic grounds outside the old fort Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Oswego Valley Railroad Museum will set up a display of trains in the Enlisted Men’s Barracks.

Candles, pottery, face painting, goat milk soap, jewelry, weaving demonstrations, and music will be featured.

In addition, food and refreshments, including baked goods, will be available  and picnicking on the grounds is encouraged.

Space is still available for crafters, artists, and not-for-profits interested in setting up. Those seeking more information may contact Gail Goebricher at 343-6992 or

Admission to the festival is free, but normal admission fees to the old fort will be charged.

Kite experts from around the United States and Canada, including noted kite historian Thom Shanken and the New York Kite Enthusiasts will be on hand to assist kite fliers of all ages and abilities with their kite flying.

Kites up to 450 square feet with 150-foot tails will be featured at the festival and will be visible from miles around.

The public may bring their kites to fly and take part in the Rokkaku Kite Battle, the Running of the Bols, and the kid’s favorite candy drop.

Kites, including micro kites (five inches diameter), rotating box kites, shaped kites, and balsa wood gliders, rubber band powered helicopters, parachute balls, and other nostalgic flying toys will be available for sale.

AmeriCorps staffers Ian Mumpton and Steve Woods will conduct a variety of historic activities and demonstrations for children as well as assist young kite fliers.

Tickets for the fort’s annual Ghost Tours Oct. 19 and 20 will go on sale at the Sept. 8 festival.

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