Market fair lets people experience life in 1700s America

June 29, 2013 by  

Claude Moore Colonial Farm holds three fairs every year; in autumn, spring, and summer. The summer Colonial Market Fair will take place over two days next month.

The fair allows people the chance to experience life in the year 1771. All vendors are expected to dress in period costume and to set up their booths to resemble a market fair during Colonial Days. There will be furniture for sale from the Cabinet Maker and Mr. Andrews the Stationer will give lessons in writing skills and watercolor.

In addition, there will be militia reenactments, demonstrations by vendors, puppet shows, a period tavern, and hands-on crafts such as spinning and dyeing. Traditional foods, such as roast chicken and spicy sausages, will also be available for purchase.

Volunteers are currently being sought to help with the fair, and they will be expected to dress in period costume and make believe they are living in 1771. It is likely that people from all over the area, including nearby Arlington, will be interested in volunteering or in experiencing the fair for themselves. No doubt organizers will be working with local printing companies to advertise the fair throughout the region.

The Summer Colonial Market Fair will take place at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean over July 20-21. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for seniors and children between the ages of 3 and 12, and there is a discount for military personnel. For more information, call 703-442-7557.

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