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Fort Frederick's annual Market Fair is April 24-27

April 15, 2008

The Maryland Park Service and the Friends of Fort Frederick State Park will host the annual 18th Century Market Fair at Fort Frederick State Park April 24 to 27.

Visitors will meet more than 150 artisans, craftspeople and vendors who sell reproductions of 18th-century items, including furniture, clothing, guns, powder horns and hunting bags. Most of the goods for sale are handmade by the vendors themselves, and many of these individuals, known as sutlers, will demonstrate their crafts.

"This event is always a fun and successful event for Fort Frederick. We are highlighting what the fort would have been like between 1730 and 1790," said Steve Robertson, Fort Frederick State Park historian. "These were the first 60 years that settlers inhabited the area and the encampment will have the feeling of the 18th Century."

To give this event the flair of a real 18th-century fair, there will be authentic entertainment. New this year is Faire Wynds, who will entertain with music, magic and comedy. Signora Bella, a slack rope walker, will be showing off her talents. Also performing will be Robert Mouland, a musician who will play 18th century tunes on period instruments.

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18th-century re-enactors will conduct live firing demonstrations of period weapons as well as demonstrations of 18th-century life in the fort amidst a 1730-90 encampment. Interpreters will present continuous living-history programs within the historic fort walls.

The Market Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Admission is $4 per person and children age 6 and younger will be admitted free.

For more information about this event, contact the park at 301-842-2155, or visit http://www.friendsoffortfrederick.info/market_fair.htm or http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/western/fortfrederick.html.

Directions: Fort Frederick State Park is in the Cumberland Valley, 18 miles west of Hagerstown and one mile south of Interstate 70 near Big Pool (Md. 56, Exit 12). The park is 88 miles from Baltimore and 81 miles from Washington.

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