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2019 Fort Lupton Heritage Fair

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The past comes alive at the 12th Annual Fort Lupton Heritage Fair on May 4, 2019 at the South Platte Valley Historic Park in Fort Lupton, Colorado. This year’s fair is expected to be bigger and better than ever. The Annual Fort Lupton Heritage Fair takes place on the first Saturday of May, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission is only $5.00 per car for the fair. There may be additional charges for special fundraising activities. Food and drink that will be available on site.

Public Welcome – Admission is only $5.00 per car

Hours: 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The event is set up as a historical timeline with re-enactor camps spanning the Vikings up through World War II. Each group is staffed with individuals that are most enthusiastic about their own special time and place and they’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that their persona, clothing, gear and equipment are as accurate as possible.

What was it like to live at different times and places in the past. What kind of foods did they eat, how did they make a living and what did they do for fun-and you won’t even need to know Latin to ask.

Demonstrations of historical skills including swordsmanship, blacksmithing, weaving and carpentry, brain-tannin, etc., will take place through-out the day. Special large scale activities will take place at scheduled times at the lower common area. These special activities will include English Rennaissance era Morris Dancers, Revolutionary War military drills and mock combat, and Buffalo Soldier horse drills and mounted combat, and 1890s baseball.

Tour the historic 1838 Fort Lupton at the Historic Park and learn about life in 1830s Colorado. Visit the 1860s farmhouse and help with the planting of the heritage garden. Take a seat in the 1870s one-room schoolhouse and see if you can pass the test!

Fort Lupton Heritage Fair Mini-Gallery

Fort Lupton Heritage Fair Schedule (subject to change)
Location Note: RA = Rendezvous Area
* 9:00 am Flag Raising – Buffalo Soldiers; Fort Courtyard
* 10:00 am Cannon Shoot – Castle Rock Civil War Unit; RA
* 10:30 am Battle Between Colonials & Royal Militia – RA
* 11:00 am Vintage Baseball Match – South Side of Fort
* 11:30 am Buffalo Soldiers Riding Demonstrations; Corral
* 11:30 am Renaissance Era – Breathless Border Dancing – RA
* 12:00 pm Fur Trade Era Guns & Weapons – in the Fort
* 12:00 pm Cannon Shoot – Castle Rock Civil War Unit; RA
* 12:30 pm Cotswold Maroon Bell Renaissance Morris Dancers – RA
* 1:30 pm Battle Between Colonials & Royal Militia – RA
* 2:00 pm Buffalo Soldiers Riding Demonstrations; Corral
* 2:00 pm Cannon Shoot – Castle Rock Civil War Unit; RA

Throughout the Day
* Meet Mountain Men, French Voyageurs & Vikings in Trader’s Row
* Expore Lancaster Lupton’s Trade Fort
* Learn about life in the late 1800s; visit the 1860s Farmhouse
* See what’s growing in the Settler’s Garden
* Sit down in the 1870s one-room schoolhouse and see if you can pass the test
* Listen to a fur trader in the 1850s Trapper’s Cabin
* Demonstrations of historical skills, including swordsmanship, blacksmithing, weaving and carpentry, and brain tanning.

Fort Lupton Heritage Fair

For More Information:
Email heritagefair2014@spvhs.org or phone 303 877-1752.

Location
Find the Heritage Fair on CR 14, 1/4 mile north of Fort Lupton, approximately 1/4 mile west of the intersection of Highway 85.

About Lancaster Lupton’s Trade Fort
In 1836, Lancaster Lupton, formally a lieutenant in the U.S. Dragoons and a West Point graduate, began building a trade fort that became a competitor to the mighty Bent and St Vrain Fur Company for the fur and buffalo hide trade with the plains tribes. While the original fort that Lancaster Lupton built has long been gone, a dedicated group of individuals began in 2003 to reconstruct the fort. The reconstructed Fort Lancaster, as it was known in its original period of operation, 1836-1844, was completed and dedicated in 2011.

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A visit to Lancaster Lupton’s trade fort is an experience of going back in time to when an individual with a vision and entrepreneurial spirit took risks to establish a trade enterprise on the wild prairie along the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Lancaster Lupton first came to the area with a military expedition in 1835. By 1836 Lupton had resigned his commission and was bringing skilled craftsman and labor from the Mexican village of Taos north to build his trade fort. By 1837-38 he was trading with the Arapahoe and Cheyenne tribes. Come see his trade fort and walk through the inner plaza to visit the blacksmith and carpenter shops, living quarters, kitchen and food preparation rooms, trade rooms, cantina and storage room with historic artifacts.

About South Platte Valley Historic Park
Historic Fort Lupton (aka Fort Lancaster) and South Platte Valley Settlement Historic Park encompasses 97 acres of land along the South Platte River just northwest of the city of Fort Lupton, Colorado. The land consists of a large natural and camping area immediately along the river and a high bench of land where the original Fort Lancaster was located.

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Along the river, in groves of cottonwood trees are camping areas that can be used by Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops with reservations. These camping areas are also used by the re-enactment department of the SPVHS – the Tallow River Trappers – to hold periodic rendezvous events. Immediately along the river are nature areas that are home to deer, turkey, foxes and other animals and birds. At the north end of the historic park is a muzzleloading shooting range leased by the Fort Lupton Muzzleloading Club.

Start your tour of the historic park at the re-creation of Fort Lancaster, which was in operation from 1836 to 1844. Move down the path and see the restored trapper cabin from the 1850s, which was originally located down along the Platte River in Adams County. Moving further down the path, your will see both the Independence School built in 1875 and the Donelson homestead house built in the 1860s. The Donelson House and the Independence School represent the settlement of the Platte Valley started by the early fur trappers and traders.

Fort Lupton Heritage Fair

Tags: Fort Lupton Heritage Fair, Colorado History Festival, History Timeline
Don’t miss the next Fort Lupton Heritage Fair at the South Platte Valley Historic Park in Fort Lupton, Colorado. Mark your calendar today!

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