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2020 Bucksnort Longhunters 18th Century Market Fair

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Join us for the 23rd Annual Bucksnort Longhunters 18th Century Market Fair on February 7-8, 2020 at the Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The Bucksnort Longhunters 18th Century Market Fair brings those with interest from as far away as St. Louis. At the market, shoppers can purchase items made in the same way they were in the early 1800s.

Tanned leather, hides, blacksmith wares, clothing and many other items representing Kentucky’s frontier days will be for sale at the Bucksnort Longhunters 18th Century Market Fair. Muzzleloading rifles and parts that include round balls for muzzles will also be available. No modern firearms or knives will be at the event, only pieces that represent the early Kentucky frontier period. Collectors and enthusiasts can find anything they need to recreate that time period, including pots and pans, and other household or camp goods.

All sellers base their wares on research of the time period to make the best representation possible. Anyone who is interested in this aspect of Kentucky history will enjoy walking through the Pritchard Community Center, even if they are not interested in purchasing anything. There will be at least 30 vendors selling period items throughout the building.

Bucksnort Longhunters 18th Century Market Fair Mini-Gallery

Admission
Adults $3.00
Children 12 and under — Free

Hours
Friday 12:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Concessions on Site

Location
Pritchard Community Center
404 South Mulberry Street
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
(Junction US 62 and 31W bypass)

The event serves as a fundraiser and proceeds from ticket sales go to the Bucksnort Longhunters Club.

For information reguarding our Annual Market Fair contact Dan Hill (270)369-6129
If you have any questions, please give him a call. Don’t forget to mark your calendars.

What is an 18th Century Market Fair?
American colonial times, by definition were pre 18th century. This was literally when there were American colonies, later becoming states. The Colonial Market Fair would then by that same definition be an 18th Century Market Fair. The early market fairs in the first settlements, such as Jamestown and Williamsburg, were allowed and regulated by law. The Williamsburg digital library has a lengthy article written in 1955,
Eighteenth Century Fairs by Mary R. M. Goodwin that represents a collection of these early laws, showing the transition of the earliest fairs to more and less regulated fairs, that could be said are the colonial, eastern version of what would become the Rocky Mountain fur trade and western redezvous between 1823 and 1840.

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The colonial fair was first and foremost a market “for the sale and vending of all manner of cattle, victuals, provisions, goods, wares, and merchandizes.” Prizes, “or bounties,” were sometimes offered for the best stock and poultry. The fair was also a place where men met to make and pay debts. Land, houses, storehouses, and personal property were offered for sale at fairs – privately and by public auction. Occasionally, a lottery was drawn at a fair.

A controlling idea regarding the earliest 18th century market fairs seems to be to maintain the control that England had on the flow and taxing of manufactured goods into America. Ultimately this would fail as America was too large and growing larger. Colonial boycotts of these finished English controlled goods (even tea which though not made in England was controlled by them) led to the development of early American manufacturing efforts. It has interesting ties now to contemporary issues in recent decades that has seen for the first time since these early colonial days, a net outflow of American manufacturing capacity.

Bucksnort Longhunters 18th Century Market Fair

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the annual Bucksnort Longhunters 18th Century Market Fair in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

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