Colonial Trade Faire coming to Jubilee Park

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Jubilee College State Park will hearken back to the time of Paul Revere and Benjamin Franklin later this month when the Colonial Trade Faire comes to the 3,200-acre facility Sept. 23-25. The family-friendly event will strive to educate the public about Colonial American history.

The event will feature Colonial, civilian and military life from 1750 to 1790. Visitors will be able to visit an American Indian village, interact with colonists in their everyday life and participate in soldier’s drills and military tactics. 

“We wanted to bring an event to the area that would encourage families to use Jubilee College State Park. We wanted a Colonial event close to home and we wanted to bring a taste of Colonial American history to the public,” said Jim Winter, faire organizer.

The Faire will include characters from Colonial history, such as British soldiers, colonists, hunters, Native Americans, trades and crafts people who will give a first-hand look at the daily life at that time. Public participation is the goal at this event.  

“We want families to have a good time,” said Winter. “They will be able to take part in and do things and not just watch.”

Special features of the weekend will include: British Redcoat military and artillery drills, blacksmiths, a Woodland Indian village, musicians, hunters, tradesmen building a cabin, and much more. Visitors will see Colonial daily life first hand by taking part in activities and experience what it would have been like to live 250 years ago in early America.

The event will open at 8 a.m. on Sept. 23 for a special School Day when approximately 8,000 students and teachers from local schools will attend. On Sept. 24 and 25 the event opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Price of admission is $10 per car.

Jubilee College State Park Colonial Faire refreshments will be available for purchase from the Brimfield Men’s Club, and live music by Colonial musicians will bring the sounds of the era alive.