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FORT BOONESBOROUGH SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2015

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.

Women on the Frontier – 4/18/2015 to 4/19/2015 – 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, 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

Seven Years War/French and Indian War Encampment – 4/25/ 2015 to 4/26/2015 – This event is presented byThe First Virginia Regiment of Foot – Hoggs Company, of the Seven Years War Battalion. See camps, drills, equipment and uniforms of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years War. Meet and talk with members of the group to learn about this very important conflict in the history of our nation. Those who wish to register as participants should contact Adam Barnes at adamkyredcoat@yahoo.com for registration information. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.

Spring Trade Days – 5/23/2015 to 5/24/2015 – 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. 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.

Fort Boonesborough “A Gathering of Descendants” – 6/13/2015 to 6/14/2015 – 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 want to welcome everyone who had ancestors who came to Fort Boonesborough in the 18th century and played a part in the early settlement of Kentucky. We will have resources and information available about many of the folks who were here in those early days, ideas of where to find genealogical information, museum exhibits of artifacts from the original fort site, authors on hand to sign books about early days of the fort, the people, and surrounding areas, and 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 some local Historical Societies will be on here to assist with information on Genealogy, early Kentucky cemeteries, early Madison county Family History, and more. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.

Cool History on Hot Days, Each Saturday in July and August, 2015 -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 will be presented in the Tavern Blockhouse or the Orientation/Theater Blockhouse of the Fort. Some topics may include Daniel Boone, Fire Starting, Flintlocks, “All Things Natural”, Lower Howards Creek, Tools for Settlement, and others. These events are free with regular paid admission to the fort. Check our event schedule online atwww.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org after May 1st for topics for each date. Contact ftboone@bellsouth.net

Rifle Frolic and Frontier Skills – 9/4 - 9/5 - 9/6 2015 - Open to all Ladies And Gentlemen – Compete for Prizes and Honor, or just enjoy an 18th century weekend. Plans currently include rifle shoot, woods walk, smoothbore match, Seneca run, hawk and knife, archery, flint and steel and tavern games. Prizes and blanket shoots. Events will be ongoing throughout the weekend. Merchants and Traders welcome. For additional information, contact alec.forman@gmail.com or ahenry@wittenberg.edu

The 1778 siege of Boonesborough – 9/26-2015 to 9/27/2015 – Saturday and Sunday - battle re-enactment each day. 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 - 10/03/2015 to 10/04/2015Charcoal burn begins 9/28 - See and learn about an ancient craft kept alive even to this day! This year, we are very pleased to have Peter Ross here at the fort to demonstrate the Craft. Peter worked at Colonial Williamsburg as the Master Blacksmith from 1979 to 2004. During the preceding week, Randy Wolfe, another highly skilled Blacksmith will be here once again doing another Charcoal Burn: a week-long 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 ftboone@bellsouth.net . Merchants and Traders welcome. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.

Winter Trade Days at the Fort – 11/28/2015 to 11/29/2015 - 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

18th Century Christmas at the Fort – 12/11/2015 – 12/12/2015 – 6pm to 9pm - 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/ $7 --- Child (6-12)/$5 – under 6- free

Visitwww.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org or call the park at 859-527-3131 for additional information  

2015 Campground Schedule

March 13 - 15
ST. PATRICK’S WEEKEND – Annual Even
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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 booncamp@bellsouth.net.

March 27 – 29
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 booncamp@bellsouth.net.

April 23 – 26
CAMPER APPRECIATION WEEKEND – Annual Event

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 booncamp@bellsouth.net.

May 1 - 3
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 booncamp@bellsouth.net.

May 8 - 9
SPRING CAMPER’S YARD SALE – Annual Even
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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 booncamp@bellsouth.net.

May 21 - 25
NASCAR FAN WEEKEND – Annual Event

Join us for our annual weekend devoted to NASCAR. We will have scheduled times for a camper decoration contest, favorite driver contest, crafts, and lots more race themed activities. We will show the Indy 500, the Busch Race, and the Coca Cola 600 on our satellite TV. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email booncamp@bellsouth.net.

May 23
BLOOD DRIVE – Annual Event

The Kentucky Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive in the Recreation Hall of the campground from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. 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 booncamp@bellsouth.net

June 5 - 7
KENTUCKY RIVER HERITAGE WEEKEND – Annual Event

June is Kentucky Rivers Appreciation Month in the state of Kentucky. We will be acknowledging the Kentucky River, its value, history and heritage, throughout the weekend. We will be having scheduled activities such as games, tours, hikes and historic presentations all weekend. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email booncamp@bellsouth.net.

June 12 - 14
BIRTHDAY PARTY WEEKEND – Annual Eve
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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 booncamp@bellsouth.net.

July 2 – July 6
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 booncamp@bellsouth.net.

July 10 - 11
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 booncamp@bellsouth.net.

July 16 - 19
SANTA’S HOLIDAY OF FUN WEEKEND – Annual Even
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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 booncamp@bellsouth.net.

July 31 – Aug. 2
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 booncamp@bellsouth.net.

Sept. 5
BLOOD DRIVE – Annual Event

The Kentucky Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive in the Recreation Hall of the campground from 10:00am – 4:00pm. 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 booncamp@bellsouth.net

Sept. 11 - 12
FALL CAMPER’S YARD SALE – Annual Even
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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 booncamp@bellsouth.net.

Sept. 18 - 20
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 emailbooncamp@bellsouth.net.

Sept. 25 – Oct. 24
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. Play pirate miniature golf with Halloween music and thousands of lights. Concessions and snacks available. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email booncamp@bellsouth.net.

Oct. 9 - 11
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. 13 - 25
HALLOWEEN FEST XXI – Annual Event

Come early and join us for our 20th 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 pirate 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 booncamp@bellsouth.net.

Nov. 6 - 8
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 booncamp@bellsouth.net.

 

 

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