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FORT BOONESBOROUGH SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2018

Fireside Chats Series –Each Saturday evening in February- Join us for “A Taste of the Frontier”, your evening meal, and then enjoy a first person historical character presentation. Taste of the Frontier served 5:30-6:15, Fireside Chat at 6:45. Admission is $15/adults and $5/children under 12. Reservations required/limited seating. The 18th Century Tavern blockhouse will also be open prior to the chats, until about 6:30. If you would like to browse the tavern, please make time to come a few minutes early. For reservations, please call the Park at 859-527-3131.

Plant Walks – Each Saturday Through the season – We will have a “Plant Walk” at 10am every Saturday, weather permitting, to Locate, Identify and Discuss a number of plants and their uses, whether for culinary purposes, medicinal use, dyeing, or other. These will be plants that are found at various stages of growth, and chosen, by the season, to be identified. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.

Women on the Frontier – 4/21/2018 to 4/22/2018 - Learn about the life of a woman on the frontier during this two-day interpretive and interactive event. There will be demonstrations and hands-on learning of 18th century life skills and daily activities in the lives of women. On the frontier, women were frequently called upon to do many things we normally associate only with men. Learn how women grew crops, used flintlock guns, started fires, cast balls for guns, prepared firewood, built fence, threw tomahawks, and did other “manly” things” in addition to their usual activities. We invite women to participate and join in a bit of friendly competition for prizes with newly learned skills if you like. You can still bring along your men to cheer you on. You may register for this event at www.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org  

Fiber to Fabric on the Frontier – 5/5/2018 to 5/6/2018 – This hands-on-history event lets you participate as you learn how to turn flax and wool into fabric. Demonstration and activities include 18th century wool preparation (sheep shearing, cleaning, and carding); flax preparation (braking, scu tching, and hackling); spinning flax and wool; and weaving on various period looms. This event is free with regular admission to the fort. Please contact Bill Farmer at 859-527-3131 or bill.farmer@ky.gov 

Spring Trade Days – 5/26/2018 to 5/27/2018 – Visit a social and business gathering of merchants, traders, artisans, Native Americans, militia members, longhunters, scouts, and other frontier characters. Listen to period music, visit camps, and shop for 18th century goods as you compare life today to 225 years ago. Participate in Frontier Skills workshops and see a weekend of 18th century history come to life! Merchants and Traders welcome. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort. Please contact Bill Farmer at (859) 527-3131 or bill.farmer@ky.gov 

Our Daily Bread – 6/9/2018 – At McAfee’s station, in 1788, Mrs. McAfee said- “Young man, I have just taken seven loaves of bread out of the oven, so take what you want.” Based on this documentation of a bread oven in Kentucky (less than fifty miles away), we now have a bread oven. Lots of research and information about bread has gone into creating a program about 18th century frontier bread making. Join us for a hands-on experience in:  How to make yeast; How to use the hominy block & corn gritter; Different types of flours; How to make different types of breads; Why we let bread dough rise; How the clay bread oven functions; Heating the oven; How to bake bread.

Fort Boonesborough “A Gathering of Descendants” – 6/23/2018 – Fort Boonesborough will have a weekend that we hope will remind folks of what homecomings and family reunions are about, with a bit of a twist! We will welcome everyone who had ancestors in the area of Fort Boonesborough in the 18th century and played a part in the early settlement. We will have resources and information about many of the folks who were here in those early days, ideas of where to find genealogical information, and museum exhibits of artifacts from the original fort site. Authors will be on hand to sign books about early days of the fort, the people, and surrounding areas, and we will have ongoing historical interpretation of the daily lives, chores, skills and trades of those who came here during that time. Representatives from the Dr. Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, The Filson Club, Eastern Kentucky Library and Archives, and local Historical Societies will be on here to assist with information on Genealogy, early Kentucky cemeteries, and early Madison county Family History. We will again be inviting a representative from the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Land office for a presentation on early Kentucky Land Patents and the processes involved in obtaining land in early Kentucky. and more. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.  Please contact Bill Farmer at (859) 527-3131 or bill.farmer@ky.gov

Cool History on Hot Days, Each Saturday in July and August, 2018 -When the Kentucky combination of heat and humidity make many outdoor activities too uncomfortable to enjoy, we will have a special program, presentation, lecture, or demonstration every Saturday afternoon in air conditioned comfort. All of these will relate to the history of early Kentucky, and each will be presented in the Orientation/Theater Blockhouse of the Fort. These events are free with regular paid admission to the fort. Check our event schedule online at www.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org after May 1st for topics and presenters for each date. Contact bill.farmer@ky.gov

The 1778 Siege of Boonesborough – 9/22/2018 to 9/23/2018 – Saturday and Sunday - battle re-enactment at 2 pm each day.  Night battle Saturday at dusk. Come early and spend the day learning about 18th century life in Kentucky. See a Living History Event including militia and settlers’ camps, Native American Village, merchants, traders, food, music and more. Visit the Museum Store and 18th century Transylvania Store. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.

 “Touched by the Fire” – Blacksmith’s Weekend - 9/29/2018 to 9/30/2018Charcoal burn event begins 9/23 - See and learn about an ancient craft kept alive even to this day! During the preceding week, Interpreters will once again present another Charcoal Burn: a weeklong 24/7 project. If you have any interest in Blacksmithing, particularly as it was in the 18th century, we invite you to come to the Fort during this event. If you would like to volunteer to assist in the Charcoal Burn, please let me know at bill.farmer@ky.gov.  Merchants and Traders welcome. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.

Survivor 1775 – 10/13/2018 to 10/14/2018 - This hands-on-history event lets you participate as you learn about staying alive in the wilderness that would become Kentucky. You have only a few items with you, and you must find a way to stay alive. Demonstrations and activities include learning how to use the items you were carrying and the resources provided by nature to make cordage from plant fibers, build a suitable shelter, make items needed to catch fish and other aquatic food sources, build traps and deadfalls, find food items among plants and trees. Start a fire, cook without pots and pans, make tools, utensils, and more. For additional information, contact  bill.farmer@ky.gov    

Rifle Frolic and Frontier Skills – 10/26/2018 – 10/28/2018  -  Open to all Ladies And Gentlemen – Compete for Prizes and Honor, or just enjoy an 18th century weekend. Plans currently include woods walk, smoothbore match, hawk and knife, archery, and flint and steel. Events will be ongoing throughout the weekend. Merchants and Traders welcome. For additional information, contact bill.farmer@ky.gov

Winter Trade Days at the Fort – 11/24/2018 to 11/25/2018 - 18th century merchants and traders in period clothing set up shops in the cabins and blockhouses of the fort. All items for sale are typical of items available in the 18th century. Fort opens at 9:00am each day. This is a great opportunity to do your 18th century holiday gift shopping! There is no admission charge for this event.  Please contact Bill Farmer at (859) 527-3131 or bill.farmer@ky.gov

18th Century Christmas at the Fort – 12/7/2018 – 6pm to 9pm and 12/8/2018 – 1pm to 4pm - Visit the Fort to see and hear the differences in the holiday celebrations of the season during the early settlement of Kentucky. The Fort will be lighted by candlelight, with decorations in keeping with the traditions of the time. There will be Living History interpretations of the traditions of various ethnic groups and nationalities during the season. Candle lanterns, bonfires, the Christmas Guns, food and refreshments, music and dance, will all add to the atmosphere. Refreshments are included! This is a special program sponsored by the Fort Boonesborough Foundation.  Admission is Adult/ $8 --- Child (6-12)/$5 – under 6- free. Visit www.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org  or call the park at 859-527-3131 for additional information      

2018 Campground Schedule

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2018 Campground Schedule

March 16 - 18
ST. PATRICK’S WEEKEND – Annual Event
Everyone is Irish this weekend. We will have scheduled times for a shamrock hunt, camper decoration contest, treasure hunt, NCAA basketball on the satellite TV, free putt-putt, free historic tours, and lots more. There is a free continental breakfast on Sunday. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

Mar. 30 – April 1
EGG-CITING EASTER FEST – Annual Event
Join us for our Easter celebration with lots of activities. We will have scheduled times for bingo, Easter crafts, an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, free putt-putt and tours, camper decoration contest, and a whole lot more. There is a free continental breakfast on Sunday. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

April 26 – 29
CAMPER APPRECIATION WEEKEND – Annual Even
Pay for Friday night and get Saturday night FREE. We have so much fun that we start the weekend early on Thursday night with bingo and then the fun continues with scheduled times for bonfires, free putt-putt and tours, hikes, entertainment, and lots more activities. There is a free continental breakfast on Sunday. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

May 4 - 6
KENTUCKY DERBY WEEKEND – Annual Event
Enjoy a Derby party with games and activities all weekend. Join us for a traditional burgoo dinner on Friday evening and a Derby breakfast on Saturday morning. We will watch the race on our satellite TVs and if you pick the winning horse in our Kentucky Derby Contest, you might be the weekend’s big winner. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

May 11 - 12
SPRING CAMPER’S YARD SALE – Annual Event
Clean out your closets and let your junk or arts and crafts become a fellow camper’s treasure. Set up and sell right on your campsite. A $10.00 set up fee will be charged in addition to the regular camping fee. This event is for registered campers only to sell.

The sale is advertised in local newspapers and the general public is invited to shop. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

May 24 - 28
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND – Annual Event
Join us for our annual weekend devoted to veterans, NASCAR and summer fun. We will have scheduled times for a patriotic camper decoration contest, NASCAR themed activities, and some plain ol’ fun. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

May 26
BLOOD DRIVE – Annual Event
The Kentucky Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive in the Recreation Hall of the campground from 10:00am – 2:30pm. All donors will receive a tee shirt, a gift, and be entered into the door prize drawings for gift certificates from the park. Open to the public. Give blood and save a life! For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or emai ljack.winburn@ky.gov.

June 8 - 10
BIRTHDAY PARTY WEEKEND – Annual Event
A weekend devoted to everyone’s birthday. We will have scheduled times for crafts, entertainment, free tours and putt-putt, and lots more. Saturday afternoon we will have a Birthday Party with cake, ice cream, and presents. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

June 29 – July 4
FOURTH OF JULY FEST – Annual Event
Come celebrate our nation’s birthday with over a week of patriotic activities. We‘ll have scheduled times for a camper decoration contest, crafts, free tours, hayrides, a parade, NASCAR on our satellite TV, and lots more. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

June 30
BLOOD DRIVE – Annual Event
The Kentucky Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive in the Recreation Hall of the campground from 10:00am – 2:30pm. All donors will receive a tee shirt, a gift, and be entered into the door prize drawings for gift certificates from the park. Open to the public. Give blood and save a life! For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

July 6 - 7
SUMMER CAMPER’S YARD SALE – Annual Event
Clean out your closets and let your junk or arts and crafts become a fellow camper’s treasure. Set up and sell right on your campsite. A $10.00 set up fee will be charged in addition to the regular camping fee. This event is for registered campers only to sell.

The sale is advertised in local newspapers and the general public is invited to shop. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

July 19 - 22
SANTA’S HOLIDAY OF FUN WEEKEND – Annual Event
Bring out those Holiday decorations and join in the fun of decorating in the summer sun instead of the cold of winter. We will have scheduled times to make Holiday crafts, have a campsite decoration contest, a Holiday parade with a very special guest and lots more. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

Aug. 3 - 5
BACK TO SCHOOL WEEKEND – Annual Event
A weekend of fun for kids and adults before school starts back. We will have scheduled times for activities, games, hikes, free tours and putt-putt, and lots more all weekend. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

Aug. 31 – Sept. 3
LABOR DAY WEEKEND – Annual Event
Join us for a weekend filled with fun and activities. We will have scheduled times for hikes, free tours, a bonfire and a whole lot more. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

Sept. 1
BLOOD DRIVE – Annual Event
The Kentucky Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive in the Recreation Hall of the campground from 10:00am – 2:30pm. All donors will receive a tee shirt, a gift and be entered into the door prize drawings for gift certificates from the park. Open to the public. Give blood and save a life! For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

Sept. 7 - 8
FALL CAMPER’S YARD SALE – Annual Event
Clean out your closets and let your junk or arts and crafts become a fellow camper’s treasure. Set up and sell right on your campsite. A $10.00 set up fee will be charged in addition to the regular camping fee. This event is for registered campers only to sell. The sale is advertised in local newspapers and the general public is invited to shop. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

Sept. 14-16
AUTUMN FUN WEEKEND – Annual Event
Enjoy the cooler weather of fall with scheduled times for nature hikes, free putt-putt and tours, a bonfire and lots more. This is event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

Oct. 5 – Oct. 27
HALLOWEEN LIGHTS DRIVE THRU
Enjoy the sights, sounds and scares of over one and one-half miles of Halloween lights and displays from your car. Concessions and snacks available. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

Oct. 12 - 14
BOONESBORO BOOGIE NATIONALS CAR SHOW – Annual Event
There will be over 1000 vehicles participating in this large three-day car show. In addition there will be lots of vendors and live entertainment. For more information please call (502)-863-3960.

Oct. 16 - 28
HALLOWEEN FEST XXIV – Annual Event
Come early and join us for our 24th annual Halloween Party. This will be our biggest yet as we celebrate with THIRTEEN days of fun and frights. We will have scheduled times for putt-putt, camper decoration contests, costume contests, ghost walks, bean supper, pancake breakfast, Halloween parade, crafts, Pumpkin Express hayrides, live entertainment, trick or treating and lots, lots more. This event is for registered campers only. For more information call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

Oct. 27
BLOOD DRIVE – Annual Event
The Kentucky Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive in the Recreation Hall of the campground from 10:00am – 2:30pm. All donors will receive a tee shirt, a gift, and be entered into the door prize drawings for gift certificates from the park. Open to the public. Give blood and save a life! For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or emailjack.winburn@ky.gov.

Nov. 9 - 11
A CAMPER’S THANKSGIVING – Annual Event
Come and join us for a weekend of fun and games in our heated recreation room. We will have scheduled times for games, free tours and putt-putt, a satellite TV, and a potluck dinner with deep fried turkeys and ham. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

 

 

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