Fort Frederick State Park to Host 20th Annual Market FairWho: Open to the public Where: Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd, Big Pool When: April 24-26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. & April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $5/adult, $2/ages 6-12, Free/ 5 and under Contact: 301-842-2155
History lovers of all ages are invited to travel back in time to an authentic colonial Market Fair. Now in its 20th year, the Fort Frederick Market Fair features the best artisans, craftspeople, entertainers and sutlers together with an 18th century encampment alongside the park’s historic stone fort, originally built in 1756 during the French and Indian War.
“Any trip to Fort Frederick is wonderful and educational but a visit during the Market Fair is a really special opportunity to say the least,” said Fort Historian Ranger Bob Study. “The whole area comes alive with the feel of the 18th century. It’s a really great experience that’s not to be missed.”
Visitors will be delighted by re-enactors and various entertainment and can also shop for beautiful, handcrafted items including period clothing, art, furniture, weapons, iron and tin ware, pottery, jewelry and Indian Trade Goods. Food will also be available on site.
The Market Fair’s popularity extends beyond Maryland’s borders as well. The American Bus Association has listed the event as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2014 because it “offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world.”
The event is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Frederick State Park. For additional information and a full list of sutlers, visit the Friends of Fort Frederick State Park website at friendsoffortfrederick.info.
Fort Frederick State Park is located off of Route 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, Big Pool.