2019 Fort Lupton Heritage Fair
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.
For More Information:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 303 877-1752.
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.
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.