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FORT BOONESBOROUGH SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2016

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 – 4/16/2016 to 4/17/2016 - 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. Click Here to register for this event.

Spring Trade Days – 5/28/2016 to 5/29/2016 – 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” – 6/18/2016 to 6/19/2016 – 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 Society of Boonesborough, 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, 2016 -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 Historical Characters associated with Fort Boonesborough and early settlement, Skills for life on the frontier, Items of Material Culture, Land Acquisition in the 18th century, and others. 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 for each date. Contact ftboone@bellsouth.net

The 1778 Siege of Boonesborough – 9/24-2016 to 9/25/2016 – Saturday and Sunday - battle re-enactment each day. “Night Battle” Saturday evening 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 - 10/01/2016 to 10/02/2016Charcoal burn begins 9/28 - See and learn about an ancient craft kept alive even to this day! During the preceding week, Randy Wolfe of Bethel Forge 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.

Rifle Frolic and Frontier Skills – 10/21/16- 10/23/16/2 - 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

Winter Trade Days at the Fort – 11/26/2016 to 11/27/2016 - 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 9:00 am 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 – 12/10/2016 – 6 pm to 9 pm, and 12/11/2016 – 1 pm to 4 pm - 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

Call the park at 859-527-3131 if you need additional information  

2016 Campground Schedule

March 18 - 20
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 jack.winburn@ky.gov.

March 25 – 27
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 28 – May 1
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 jack.winburn@ky.gov.

May 6 - 8
KENTUCKY DERBY WEEKEND – Annual Even
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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 13 - 14
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 26 - 30
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 28
BLOOD DRIVE – Annual Event

The Kentucky Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive in the campground from 10:00am – 3:00pm. 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 jack.winburn@ky.gov.

June 10 - 12
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 30 – 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.

July 8 - 9
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 21 - 24
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.

July 29 - 31
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. 6
KENTUCKY RIVER BLAST – Annual Event
The Kentucky River Authority and their sponsors will be holding their 2nd annual River Blast at the beach. This event includes live music, food, a beer garden, arts and crafts, children’s activities, canoe races, beach bonfire, fireworks show and much more. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

Sept. 2 - 5
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. 3
BLOOD DRIVE – Annual Event

The Kentucky Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive in the campground from 10:00am – 3:00pm. 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 jack.winburn@ky.gov.

Sept. 9 - 10
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. 16 - 18
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.

Sept. 30 – Oct. 22
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 jack.winburn@ky.gov.

Oct. 7 - 9
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. 11 - 23
HALLOWEEN FEST XXII – Annual Event

Come early and join us for our 22nd 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 jack.winburn@ky.gov.

Nov. 4 - 6
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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