Erie is host to the oldest consecutively running Old Soldiers and Sailors Reunion in America. Held annually during the third week of July since 1873, the reunion features a “Free Bean Feed.” The beans are prepared using a historic recipe, simmering all day in cast-iron kettles over wood fires like soldiers used in the Civil War. The beans may be an old tradition, but guest country and western musicians from Nashville add a touch of modern spice to the Friday night celebration.


Region:  Southeast

Phone:  (620) 820-3101


Erie Dinosaur Park