The Fair at New Boston is recognized as a premier living history event. All the music, entertainment, clothing, methods of cooking, foods served, merchandise booths, and equipment used by the artisans are juried (or judged) to ensure authenticity to the period. It is also special because it is held on an historic site. George Rogers Clark Park was the site of the Battle of Peckuwe, the Shawnee villages of Peckuwe and Kispoko, and the frontier town of New Boston. The Fair at New Boston is our way of remembering our history.
Silhouettes By Hand offers silhouette portraiture through its authentically styled canvas "artist studio", staying true to the Fair's period of 1790-1810. You will see "fairpeople" and visitors alike having silhouettes made - sometimes even a dog or a chicken...
Your full day of historical adventure will begin with cheering and huzzahs, as the 15 star flag is raised over the Fairground at the opening ceremonies. Stay around to hear food vendors brag about the quality of their delicacies and merchants urging the Fairmasters to stop by their booths.
Come hungry to the Fair! Enjoy frontier foods authentically prepared. Scotch eggs, smoked turkey legs, shredded beef, pork sausage on a stick, bison on a bun, ham on a biscuit, shredded chicken on a roll, bread with flavored butter & jam, chicken and noodles, Carolina rice, green beans and potatoes, garlic mushrooms in wine, ham & beans, New Brunswick stew, and apples & cheese provide plenty of choices to delight even the pickiest eaters. For desserts choose from peaches and pound cake, raspberries and cream, pies, vanilla ice cream with plum sauce, or strawberry crepes - good any time of day!
Thirsty visitors will find beverages in three taverns, The Black Horse, Littlejohn’s, and the Hickory, and the Dancing Goats Coffee House, which is located right in the middle of everything.
After fulfilling your appetite, follow the drums down a forest trail to visit the growing Woodlands Indian Village. 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. Learn how food was prepared in camp. This is also one of the shadiest places to come on a hot, sunny afternoon.
Each afternoon features the excitement of a battle reenactment, which features militia on foot and on horse, cannons, Shawnee warriors, and Crown troops.