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Early Craftsman Fair line-up

Carl King: Dry Ridge Blacksmith

Ossie Prater: Prater Leather Pouches

Harry McCarty: Indian Forge

Shelly Graves: Blue Sage Mercantile

Jeanette Hillard: Early American Clothing

Bill Smith: Leather bags and Horns

Michelle DeEsch: Native Clothing and Beadwork

John Curry: Author

Bob Ruth: Leather work - mocassins

A.B. Conley: Frontier Gun Shop

Tommy Barnett: Horner

Bjoern Lorezen: Beechfork Traders

Lisa Crews: Woodridge Studio

Rick Pennington: Leather work

Tina Hitchner: Basket weaving

Gary Tucker: Gunsmith

 

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Colonial Harvest Meal Menu Set

We are excited to announce that the menu for the Colonial Harvest Meal on November 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Fort Ordinary has been set. The meal will be prepared by Beaumont Inn in traditional colonial style and members of Friends will serve the guests.

smoked turkey
roasted pork (with herbs)
mashed turnips
onion pie
salmagundi
apple dumplings

36 seats are available and about 30 seats have already been reserved. Reserve your seats today! $25 per person. Tickets available at Fort Box Office. 734-3314

Click for more info:http://friendsoffortharrod.com/old-fort-harrod-market-fair.htm

Historical Note:

Salmagundi is a salad dish, originating in the early 17th century in England, comprising cooked meats, seafood, vegetables, fruit, leaves, nuts and flowers and dressed with oil, vinegar and spices.

In English culture the term does not refer to a single recipe, but describes the grand presentation of a large plated salad comprising many disparate ingredients. These can be arranged in layers or geometrical designs on a plate or mixed. The ingredients are then drizzled with a dressing. The dish aims to produce wide range of flavours and colours and textures on a single plate. Often recipes allow the cook to add various ingredients which may be available at hand, producing many variations of the dish. Flowers from Broom and sweet violet were often used.

Report on Arts Festival

The Mercer Arts Council annual Fall Arts Festival concluded around 3:00 pm Sunday under threat of wind and rain. We watched one tent go down, then two, then when the Boy Scouts' tent went down, we all knew it was time to pack it in. The vendors cleared out in a hurry, including us! Our's was the best tent and performed flawlessly! The wind caused further problems by blowing customers hotdogs off the table and sending little chunks of flying debris into everything.

We sold hot dogs, smoked sausage, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chips, candies, soft drinks and water. The smoked sausages were the favorite.

The Boy Scouts local Troop 127 sold fruit cobblers, chili and water. We cooked up a deal with the Scouts whereby a customer could add a big dose of chili to their hotdog or sausage for $1.00 or you could have a bowl of chili with your hotdog or hamburger. The Scouts were very friendly to us and we enjoyed working with them. They helped us fix our grill and bought from us and we thank them for that.

There were, in my estimation, about 18 vendors total. One vendor sold small painted concrete items and seemed to be very busy both days. You could ride a horse drawn carriage, listen to a live band or a storyteller just to name a few of the available activities.

We took in about $350 over the two days.

A very special thanks to Arizona, who cooked about 13 hours over the two days, and to Lisa, Michelle, Josh and Archie who worked hard to make it happen for the group. I enjoyed working with Arizona and Archie on Day 2, and I thought we made a good team. Thanks guys! 

Also, thanks to Emmanuel for all his help throughout the event.

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Wayne Estes Rifle Raffle

This sweet prize can be yours for a $5 raffle ticket.

This is the "Wayne Estes Rifle Raffle", sponsored by Friends of Fort Harrod. This raffle is a non-profit, charitable raffle conducted solely to raise funds to benefit Fort Harrod and the Old Fort Harrod State Park. No person involved in this raffle receives any compensation. All proceeds will used to make repairs and improvements and purchase needed equipment at Fort Harrod and the Old Fort Harrod State Park. Our goal is for Fort Harrod to be and remain a viable tourist destination and to preserve the unique history of James Harrod and his Fort that won the West.

Tickets are $5 each. The drawing will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm during the 2018 Old Fort Harrod Settlement and Raid. You can purchase tickets from any member of Friends of Fort Harrod.

Tickets are available at 134 South Main Street in Harrodsburg, former Mercer County National Bank building, from 9-4 daily.

The prize is valued at $1,650.00! The rifle was built by Master Gunmaker Wayne Estes of Paris, Kentucky. It is simply beautiful in all respects! It is iron mounted, styled as an early Lebanon/Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1760-1770) working man's rifle. It features a "B" profile swamped Colerain .50 caliber barrel, M&G Continental Flintlock, Davis Triggers, 1/4 x 32 Chambers touch hole, stocked in fine quarter sawed sugar maple from Harrison Gunstocks of Bradford, Tennessee.

All proceeds go to benefit only Fort Harrod and the Old Fort Harrod State Park!

Don't hesitate, buy your tickets now!

Larry Catlett, President, Friends of Fort Harrod

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