Homeplace 1850s to host Trades Fair

Posted: Saturday, August 26, 2017 12:00 am | Updated: 12:14 am, Sat Aug 26, 2017.

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The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm will host a Trades Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3, in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Traditional trades and crafts people will share knowledge of vanishing folk art skills. Admission is $5 for 13 and older, $3 for 5-12 and free for 4 and under.

“Our annual 1850s Trades Fair celebrates the hard labor and hand work skills of our ancestors, when few things were manufactured and people had to rely on their skills,” said Cindy Earls, Homeplace lead interpreter. “Handcrafted items will also be for sale.”

Children can participate in the Children’s Trades Fair by learning to make a clay pot and to sew, talking to trades people and answering questions in an activity booklet. They can explore the farm, play with dolls, “cluck” at chickens and “oink” at pigs. Adults may join in also.

The Homeplace farm family will demonstrate quilting, broom making and teamster training throughout the weekend. Staff will be cooking a few favorite recipes from the “Homeplace History and Receipt Book” on a wood stove in the Double Pen House kitchen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there will be a name the quilt challenge.

Trades and demonstrations will include basket making, dress making, soap making, baking, corn shuck doll making, early American Indian pottery making, fancy tatted lace making, fine hand knitting and crocheting, a general store, homemade breads and baked goods, honey products and bee keeping and photography.

For more information, visit www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1-800-525-7077.

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Posted on Saturday, August 26, 2017 12:00 am. Updated: 12:14 am.

Homeplace 1850s to host Trades Fair

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