Hollywood Comes To Town; Prairie Peddler Weekend

  • 9/21/2017 12:12:40 PM
  • Chelley Kemper
  • Local Events

MANSFIELD, OH -  Exciting days for Mansfield as rumors are confirmed that Sylvester Stallone is here in town this week, along with a sizable production caravan, for the filming of Escape Plan 3:  Devil's Station, a prison break story.

Sylvester confirmed his arrival on a video on Instagram from inside a prison cell. 

Cast includes Stallone reprising his role Ray Breslin in which Breslin and Trent DeRosa, played by actor Dave Bautista, join forces to rescue one of their own who is held captive inside Devil's Station, our Reformatory prison, where no one ever gets out. 

90% of the movie is being filmed from a multitude of sites in Richland County including our Ohio State Reformatory Prison - site of another Stallone movie shot years ago:  Tango and Cash.

Newcomers to the "Escape" franchise include Glee star Harry Shum, Jr., Malese Jow from The Vampire Diaries, and actors Jaime King and Devon Sawa.  Extras were also cast from local auditions. 

Shooting sites will shut down a few streets from now until mid-October near Mansfield Lahm Airport, streets within the business district above and below ground with the caravan of movie vehicles making full use of downtown structures in Richland County. 

Welcome to Mansfield Sylvester and crew, we hope you enjoy your stay!  

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The Prairie Peddler Old West Festival is the next two weekends in the woods of Butler. Dates of the festival are this weekend, September 23-24th, and September 30-October 1st, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all four days.  

The festival allows crafters - this year 180 artisan booths, to showcase their handmade items from pottery, Halloween yard art, to housewares and Christmas gift items.  While there, enjoy hot, open-fire festival foods, and live music throughout the hills.

Tickets prices vary depending on age. For complete information about the Prairie Peddler, directions to the hills and more, visit prairietown.com.

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The 41st annual Ohio Heritage is also this weekend along with the "In the Spirit of Friends" Antiques & Primitives Show.

The festival runs this Saturday and Sunday, September 23rd and 24th, from 10 a.m. to  5 p.m. both days. Stroll the grounds and enjoy horses, live music and archaeological displays in the Main Barn. 

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This week also saw some country music star power at the Ashland County Fairgrounds with Tuesday night's concert with performances by Recording Artists Collin Raye and John Michael Montgomery.

The Ashland County Fair continues through Saturday with a show by Ashland local group, KRUSH, who will perform Saturday evening at the Grandstand.  

KRUSH is a high-energy rock and roll band that primarily plays authentic hits of the 70's and 80's. For details, go to www.ashlandcountyfair.com. 

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