Enjoy the sights, smells, craftsmanship, and people in the tumultuous and exciting era of our western frontier, 1790-1810. All the music, entertainment, clothing, methods of cooking, foods served, merchandise booths, and equipment used by the artisans are juried (or judged) to assure authenticity to the period. The Fair at New Boston is held on an actual historic site. The site of the Battle of Peckuwe and the Shawnee villages of Peckuwe and Kispoko and later the town named New Boston. All are now gone and are replaced by George Rogers Clark Park.
Event website: The Fair At New Boston
Artisans, and Merchants
Find special treasures in the New Boston Market that you will not find in regular stores. Explore the unique "shops" that surround the public square, in the tents and booths of merchants and artisans.
The Fair at New Boston hot air balloon will be launched from the front of the market area if weather cooperates. Made out of paper and ink this balloon demonstrates how man first got a view from above more than 200 years ago.
Grand Camera Obscura
Near the entrance an oddly shaped tent will most likely be first to catch your attention. It’s the Grand Camera Obscura. Fair attendees can be among a relatively fortunate few who can enjoy this historical scientific attraction, which is just like the one seen in Paris more than 200 years ago. Step into the round tent and be prepared to be amazed.
Entertainment and presentations
Scheduled throughout the day you will find a variety of frontier folks ready to tell their stories; Simon Kenton, Daniel Boone, Eva Lail, and Mad Anne Bailey. This is a great spot to sit on benches in the shade. Twice each day, the Liberty Dancers will demonstrate dances of the time period enjoyed by many of the founding fathers and mothers. Entertainment can be found throughout the Fair. The beautiful Slack Rope Walker has captivated visitors for years. Puppets, magicians, and balladeers set up in various locations throughout the day.
Food and Beverages
Thirsty visitors will find beverages in three taverns, The Black Horse, Littlejohn’s, and the Hickory, in addition to the Dancing Goats Coffee House, which is located right in the middle of everything. Come hungry to the Fair! Enjoy frontier foods: Pork chops, turkey legs, sausages, buffalo meat, chicken and noodles, bean soup, corn, peaches and pound cake, raspberries and cream, creampuffs, bread and butter, pies, green beans and potatoes, cheese bits, and much more will delight even the pickiest eaters.
Woodland Indian Village
Follow the drums down a forest trail to visit the growing Woodlands Indian Village. This is particularly appropriate since the Fair is on the former site of two Shawnee villages Peckuwe and Kispoko. Handicrafts, games, and demonstrations of Shawnee, Mingo, Miami, Wyandotte, and other tribes are featured. In the middle of each day Tecumseh will visit. This is also one of the coolest places to enjoy on a hot sunny day.
Battle Re-enactment and Cannon
Each afternoon features the excitement of a battle reenactment! Since we are observing the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 we will be focusing on battles of that time period. Our reenactment features militia on foot and on horses, cannons, Shawnee warriors, and Crown troops.
There is so much to do at the Fair at New Boston that many visitors come back for a second day of fun on Sunday.