Secretary of State John Husted was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies for the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration in Port Clinton. Hundreds of visitors lined up to tour the Playfair and Pathfinder, two small ships that are replicas of vessels usaed during the Battle of Lake Erie. Debbie Hymore-Tester, a former mayor of Port Clinton, has received calls from people across the country about the event. "It's going to be huge not only for Port Clinton but also Ottawa County and I have received calls from people in Louisiana, California and the Carolinas," Mrs. Hymore-Tester said.
The weekend long series of events is expected to generate millions of dollars in revenue for the local economy.