Answer the Call! Join us for D-Day Conneaut 2017,
Aug 17-19 Join us for D-Day Conneaut
in North-East Ohio's beautiful Ashtabula County.
Right on Lake Erie sits Conneaut, Ohio, whose shore and beaches offer an uncanny resemblance to the Normandy cost of France.
Come early! There is plenty to see
and do for the reenactors, veterans, and families. Visit our
Schedule page to see a complete program schedule and listing
of events in and around Conneaut, all designed to help honor
and celebrate the accomplishments of "The Greatest
Generation". If your a first-timer, take a moment to read
the information below to maximize your experience.
Viewing space for the battles is
limited. Please help us make the most out of our space by
following these guidelines so everyone can enjoy the event.
If you choose to bring a blanket
or chair for seating.... We ask that those wishing to sit at
ground level be given priority for the first 20’ closest to
the rope lines. No Pop-up Tents or Umbrellas during the
Those wishing to use chairs
should set up 20’ from the rope lines so as to not obscure
the view of those sitting at ground level.
Those visitors wishing to stand
for the demonstration should allow those with chairs and
blankets places closer to the rope line so they can also see
the recreated battle or demonstration.
If you select a sitting location,
please remain seated as much as possible during the program
so as to not block the view of others.
Where is Conneaut Ohio? Conneaut Ohio is located just off of Exit 241 of Interstate Route 90,
4 miles from the Ohio/Pennsylvania state line.
Travel Update! Travelers may wish to fill up on gas if they are
low when they arrive in town. We have been known to sell out
all the gas in town. We are expecting all-time record
numbers of attendees once again this year.
For those traveling to the event:
Road - One Way During the Event
Lake Road will be reduced to one way traffic between Wrights
Ave. and Chestnut St. from 8am - 6pm on Friday the 19th and
Saturday the 20th. Traffic will flow East to West only
during this time.
Please note, Interstate 90 folks
traveling East, from East of Geneva OH around the
Ashtabula exit, there is still
some construction on Interstate 90. Our local police have been patrolling this
How do you get there? It's just down the road
a piece.... and well worth the drive.
city here to see how easy it is to get "here" from
Where to Park? Friday Parking
Friday's schedule of activities begins at 9 AM. The road
network inside the park will be closed once the event
begins. There is no
on-site parking or road-side parking on Lake Rd. Please
consult the map and road side signage for parking locations.
Saturday Parking - Again there is no
on-site or road-side parking on Lake Rd. by the park.
Adequate, convenient and safe and free parking is available at
secure off-site parking locations.
Conneaut Arts Center Parking
There are limited number of parking spaces available on
Saturday only at the Conneaut Arts Center; just a short walk
from the park. Tickets are $15 and proceeds go to
support the Arts Center.
Click here to order you tickets online.
Please consult the map
and road side signage for free parking locations. A free quick
shuttle service will run to and from all lots throughout
the day Friday and Saturday.
Plan your arrival to allow a little extra time getting
to and from the park. Assistance will be provided to
mobility impaired individuals. The shuttle drop off point,
identified on the map, is located just 75 feet from the park entrance.
Watch for our ample signs around town to direct you to
the designated parking locations.
Broadcast's: D-Day Radio, FM 93.1
D-Day Conneaut will have a limited FM Range radio station
set up to broadcast music and information throughout
Conneaut Township Park during the event weekend. Tune your
FM radio to 93.1 to keep up to date at the event.
WOW Radio, Conneaut AM 1360 WOW is planning
to repeat for 2016 is our Special Broadcast for Friday and
Saturday of D-Day weekend. On Friday from 4p-Midnight and
Saturday from 9am till Midnight, WWOW Radio will break
format and Broadcast the music from the World War 2 era.
Plus also mixed in with our music mix will be actual
broadcasts from WW2 such as FDR's address to congress
declaring war, Eisenhower's radio address after the invasion
of Normandy and other News Actualities that will be mixed in
with our Special Music presentation. WWOW will also
broadcast information on the D-Day Event itself.
Saturday night at 8pm to Midnight ...WWOW will broadcast a
series of WW2 radio drama's such as "The Shadow", "Gracie
Allen" the "Great Glidersleeve" & others. These are
programs that the USO broadcast for the Troops back then.
Amateur Radio Help
Are you an amateur radio operator? The
Conneaut Amateur Radio Club is providing radio operators to
give you “Over the Air” help on your journey into town.
You can check in with one of their
operators on the 147.390 +600 khz PL 131.8 Repeater. They
will be able to give you directions to parking lots and
assist you on getting around town. Operators will be “On
Air” From 7am to 2pm on Friday and
Saturday. Or just check-in to say hello and let us know
where you are from.
Are you on APRS? If so take advantage of
it. During the event on the 144.390 National APRS Frequency,
objects will be broadcast over APRS with parking lot
locations and main park location.
at the Event We recommend preparing for your visit by printing our schedule and the site
map. All activities are out of doors so be prepared for any type of weather.
Backpacks and small coolers are welcome, but please don't leave them unattended!
You may wish to bring a blanket or lawn/stadium char for viewing the battles and
Backpacks and small coolers are welcome but please do
not leave them unattended.
locations are marked on the park map and by canvas awnings with benches. If you
have limited mobility and would like a ride to your next destination within the
park, please use this location for a pick up. Our cart drivers will circulate
through the park and make regular stops to assist those in need.
Loose something? Stop at our
information booth to report it and see if it was turned in. find something?
Please bring it to an information booth or ask one of our cart drivers to drop
it off at lost and found.
Dress for the weather and walking. Shade is
limited and there is a good bit of walking to see the entire reenactment. Don’t
forget your sunscreen and perhaps an umbrella. The show will go on regardless of
about Fido? Service dogs are welcome but pets or animals of any
other kind are
not permitted in the park due to the nature of the
activities held during D-Day Conneaut. Thank you for your
New "Encampments Areas"
The "Encampments" (England-Allied Forces, Occupied
France-Axis Forces, French Resistance) of living historians are located in distinct areas of the park. The Allied camp will be set up on the bluff
in the main part of the park -
England. The Axis forces and will be garrisoned south of the Valley Bridge in
the meadow which lies beside the meandering creek, down on the west beach by the
pavilion, and a new large German camp will be stationed on
top of the hill on the west side of the park. This will be
the main largest German encampment. This area will be known as
Occupied France. The French resistance encampment is located on the hill near the Road to Victory battle area.
On the South-East side of the park, we will once again be
featuring a Commonwealth camp. We encourage
everyone in attendance to visit all these unique and distinctive areas of dedicated
reenactors eager to speak with you about their impression.
Battle and Display Information
If this is your first time at an reenactment, here is what to
expect: During the battle scenarios, expect loud noises from simulated gunfire and
artillery; very loud noises.
Those with sensitive hearing may wish to
bring hearing protection. We encourage you to purchase a
commemorative program so you can read in more detail about the scenarios being
played out in front of you. Between engagements there is plenty to look at. We encourage you to ask questions to the hundreds of
reenactors who are representing all aspects of the conflict, but please ask
before attempting to handle any items. Most items on display are privately
purchased by the reenactor and then restored and maintained at their own expense.
Through these artifacts presented by our living historians, D-Day Conneaut
is attempting to educate, inform, enlighten and pay tribute to the men and
women who were thrust upon each other in a horrific global struggle, a
struggle that may have vivid memories for some of our visitors. Rest
assured that no reenactor or event planner is a proponent of the political ideals of
the era. Reenactors take great pride in their living history impressions and are eager to talk with you
about what they wear and what they carry.
Where can we stay? For our reenactors,
camping with your unit is encouraged and available on site.
Numerous bed and breakfast inns and a few quaint motor
lodges are also located within a short distance of the
park/event. Please consult our sponsor listing on the
right for additional links and information about our
recommended lodging sites. For a list of other lodging
options in the Conneaut area, follow this
Where to Eat? D-Day Conneaut will once again not only satisfy
your eyes but also your bellies. Just before the bluff you
will find a great selection of food venders to satisfy your
craving and/or quench your thirst. Also available in
the "valley floor" near the German camp are a variety of food and beverage
Looking for a fine meal before or
after the event? Conneaut has some fantastic dining to
choose from. Visit one of our proud Conneaut local
restaurants or pubs and be sure to thank them for their
Friday Fish Fry
On Friday, just across the street from the event, the Good
Shepherd Lutheran Church will hold their Annual Lake Erie
Perch Dinner from 4:00-7:30 PM. Cost is just $12 and open to
both reenactors and the public.
Beyond the Beach
and Encampments Part of the wagon train to D-Day but not interested
in 48+ hours of non-stop reliving of 1944? Conneaut
has many other great sites to offer.... something for the
whole family. From historic covered bridges, beaches,
working lighthouse, and world-class fishing, to our unique
railroad museum, local wineries, shops, and local displays
centered around the D-Day - 1944 theme. For more information
on events around town, please visit our
schedule page or visit the
Before You Leave the Event The entire volunteer staff of D-Day Conneaut thanks you for joining us as we
celebrate the turning point of the 20th Century. Along with hundreds of reenactors
we are working hard to keep the story of D-Day alive for generations to
come. We owe our efforts to the Greatest Generation, WWII Veterans and their families,
who sacrificed so much for our liberty and for that of a free world.
To ensure that D-Day Conneaut remains free to the public, we
need your generous financial support. Please kindly consider
contributing to the donation buckets located around the
encampment and/or visiting our PX (store) tent.
Proceeds go to perpetuating this great event. Many
unique items are available for purchase including our
commemorative DVD and Challenge Coins.