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Colonial fair welcomes visitors Saturday, Sunday

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The Oldham County History Center will host its second-annual Colonial Trade Faire from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with the Arts Association of Oldham County’s Arts on the Greenfestival.  

The Colonial Trade Faire will feature merchants and sutlers dressed in period clothing, selling handcrafted 18th Century wares. 

Trade Faire participants will be camped on the History Center grounds adjacent to the Oldham County Courthouse where the 13th annual Arts on the Green will be held.

Admission is free to the Colonial Trade Faire. 

History Center historical event organizer Helen McKinney, also a member of the living history group, the Painted Stone Settlers, Inc., said, “This event was highly successful last year. We want it to be an educational experience as well as enjoyable for all who attend.  The high quality craftsmanship of our vendors and entertainment lineup is a great compliment to Arts on the Green.” 

A special historical art exhibit will be set up in the Rob Morris Educational Building by local artist and Arts on the Green participant, Richard Luce.

Period artisans will travel from Arizona, Indiana and all across Kentucky to display hand crafted leather goods, clothing, powder horns, baskets, brooms, hand-dyed yarns, woodworking and a variety of other 18th Century trades. 

Day-long, on-going demonstrations of heritage skills will include wool dying, chair caning, spinning/weaving, flax, shake shingles, antique tools, leather working, fire starting, period guns, a look at life in the Militia and a Colonial Herb Garden.  

Throughout the weekend there will be children’s crafts, entertainment by wandering magician Dave Cottrell and strolling musician Jon Hagee, a special Daniel Boone presentation by Kentucky Chautauqua performer Scott New at 2:30 pm on Saturday, June 2, The Doctor (an 18th century surgeon presentation), a period clothing demonstration, period music/instruments, colonial dancing, a Genealogy Workshop, and cannon demonstrations provided by The Painted Stone Settlers, Inc. of Shelbyville.  

Also included in the Colonial Trade Faire will be many local authors who devote their time to writing about Kentucky’s rich history, and local organizations that promote the history of our state.

In addition to the Colonial Trade Faire the Oldham County History Center’s 2012 exhibit, Bottom’s Up:  J. Chilton Barnett Whiskey Jug Exhibit, is on display. 

This exhibit is a unique look at the huge personal jug collection of J. Chilton Barnett, a local antique collector and history buff. 

Visitors are welcome to tour the Museum free of charge or take a moment to sit and relax inside the Museum while watching an ongoing film, "The Patriot," a film representative of the 18th Century.