Spring Gathering & Rifle Frolic

Dates: May 20th & 21st

Step back in time and join the Village as we welcome the pioneers and traders who have come to trade and replenish their supplies from the winter as part of our Spring Gathering.

The Rifle Frolic is back again this year for the 2nd consecutive year. The public is invited to come out and see some competitions between some of the areas best Pioneer Era Competitions. These will include a Rifle Frolic Shoot, Tomahawk Throw and Knife Throw. As soon as we have the event schedule set, we will provide it here and on our website. 

Information for Rifle Frolic Participants

Camping: Camps and camper attire must portray the pre-1840 American History. No modern equipment permitted. Some firewood, water, restroom facilities, and stew supper on Saturday night is provided. Village kitchen open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Camping fee is $5.00 which includes the Saturday supper. Camping Fee does not include rifle frolic shoot entry fee. Early tear down must be approved by the event Chairperson. No Vehicles on Grounds during the event. Early tear down must be hand-carried out. Gathering in the Bullskin Inn on Saturday night. Walk-in attending Saturday supper mut be in period dress and make a $5.00 donation. Contact Rick Johnson at 937-466-9626. 

Rifle Frolic Shoot: Shooter must be dressed in pre-1840 attire, must shoot a muzzleloader, No Inlines, must shoot round ball ammunition Only, must use steel open sights, must sign a liability waiver, must obey all safety instructions. Shooting fee is $15.00. Walk-ins are welcome if they meet all of the above stipulations. No Exceptions First place shooter takes cash and first choice, second places takes second choice, etc.. Shoot will start at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning. Contact: David McGee at 330-205-7425

Tomahawk and Knife Throw: Cost is a donationof a $10.00 value prize. Prize blanket rules, winner first choice. Must be in period dress. Contact David McGee at 330-205-7425. 

Vendors: Vendor applications are being accepted. Early setup can be arranged. Early tear down is discouraged as No vehicles are permitted on the grounds during the event hours. Early tear downs must be hand-carried out. Vendor fee is $5.00 and includes Saturday supper in the tavern but does not include the Rifle Frolic fee. Contact Rick Johnson at 937-466-9626. 

Vendor and Rifle Frolic applications will soon be available for download on the website.

Hours:9 am to 4 pm

Public Admission: $5 per person


*all proceeds from the Pioneer Village events go to sustaining and maintaining the Pioneer Village and its buildings