18th Century Market Fair takes visitors back in time

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Event is today and Saturday in E'town

By Jeff D'Alessio

Ever wonder what life was like hundreds of years ago?
You can get a glimpse of it today and Saturday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown with the 14th annual 18th Century Market Fair featuring Kentucky’s frontier period. The event is sponsored by the Bucksnort Longhunters.
“If you’re interested in that time period of life in Kentucky, there are a lot of nice things to see,’’ said Danny Hill, treasurer for the Bucksnort Longhunters. “We have people coming in from all around to set up here.’’
Hill said he expects about 50 vendors will be setting up. He said many of the same vendors who have made this event a destination in the past will be back.
“We judge the success of the show by how many people come through the door and spend money and by how many of the vendors come back.’’ he said.
Hill said muzzle loading “parts and pieces” will be with vendors as well as housewares such as cups and skillets. There will be a bow maker from St. Louis and another vendor who sells muzzle loaders from Corinth, Miss.
Plus there is hometown flair to the show, like William Smith who makes bags.
Hill said the variety of items on display has been valuable in past market fairs.
The two-day event is the “primary fundraiser” for the Bucksnort Longhunters, a group that started here in 1989, Hill said. The Market Fair is today from noon-7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
“We use all the money to go to the club,’’ he said.
The group is always looking for new members. Cost is $25 for a single membership and $35 for a family membership.
Hill and Jackie Todd are the only original members left in the club.
Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757 or at jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com