COLONIAL TRADE FAIRE
at the Oldham County History Center
Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Held in conjunction with Arts on the Green Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
Bringing the spirit of the past alive is one of the things the Oldham County History Center is best known for. The first weekend in June will showcase the 18thcentury in Kentucky with the 9th annual Colonial Trade Faire on June 1, 2 in conjunction with the Arts on the Green Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. The Colonial Trade Faire will once again feature merchants dressed in period clothing, selling handcrafted 18th century wares, as well as a few more modern vendors. Items for sale include hand-woven, knitted and crocheted items such as towels and rugs, yarn, items forged by a blacksmith, and rustic furniture. Trade Faire participants will be set up on the History Center campus adjacent to the Oldham County Courthouse where the 20th Annual Arts on the Green will take place.
Admission is free to the Colonial Trade Faire. “The purpose of the Colonial Trade Faire is to educate the public to the lifestyle and ideology of the people who lived in 18th century Kentucky,” said event organizer Helen McKinney, Educator/Genealogist for the History Center. Various demonstrations will be ongoing such as weaving, colonial surveying, flax, hearth cooking, woodworking, bookbinding, clothing, spinning, blacksmithing, music, Colonial Garden, SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) and an 18th century cannon demonstration by the Painted Stone Setters. Additional entertainment includes magician Dave Cottrell (Sunday only), stiltwalker Beth Godshall (Saturday only). The Marquis de Lafayette and his wife, presented by Living Statues, will make a special appearance from 11-1 p.m. on Saturday. Throughout the weekend there will be children’s activities and crafts as well. From 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, a special Moccasin Workshop will be held in the Rob Morris Educational Building. Pre-registration is required and all materials are provided. Cost is $45 per person.
A returning crowd favorite is the Little Kentucky River Winery. Also included in the Colonial Trade Faire offerings will be several Kentucky authors who devote their time to writing about Kentucky’s rich history. Always a crowd favorite, Eddie Price will return this year with copies of Widder’s Landing, One Drop-A Slave!, An Unlikely Trio and two illustrated children’s books. Also attending will be Randell Jones, a noted North Carolina author of several non-fiction books including In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone and Before They Were Heroes at King’s Mountain and local favorite Bob Thompson, author of Hitchhiker: StoriesFrom the Kentucky Homefront. Authors only on hand on Sunday include: Sue Kelly Ballard, author of My Blessed, Wretched Life: Rebecca Boone’s Story, and Terry Foody, author of The Cherokee and the Newsman.
For more information contact the Oldham County History Center at (502) 222-0826 or Helen@oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org