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Buck Creek Muzzleloaders to host Trade Fair

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

It will be like stepping back in history at the 11th Annual Buck Creek Muzzleloader's Club Trade Fair this weekend in Linton.

It will showcase when times were much simpler and the common way of life was to make things by hand.

Featuring a variety of every-day, handcrafted household, work and other items from the 1750 to 1840 era, the Trade Fair will be Saturday and Sunday at the Roy Clark Community Building. It is one of the largest and most popular events in a several state area, says club president David O'Bryan of Linton.

Among the items offered for sale will be traditional muzzleloader rifles and handguns, knives, black powder, homemade soap, tin crafts, powder horns, hunting pouches, salt-glazed pottery, 18th century clothing, blankets, leather goods, gun supplies, blacksmith supplies, and tools.

"With our show we go more for quality rather than quantity," O'Bryan said.

Dealers from six or seven states will wear primitive attire from the period and lively fife music - popular during America's Colonial period - will be playing in the background.

"We've got a lot of people coming in, we hope," O'Bryan said of the event, which typically has drawn between 650 to 800 patrons to previous trade fairs.

The event will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $3, with children 12 years and under free if accompanied by an adult.

"It's strictly a muzzleloading trade show," O'Bryan said. "You'll find a little bit of everything there."

Money raised will be used for club activities and some funds are donated to the city of Linton to purchase tables and make improvements at Roy Clark Building, located north of Humphreys Park.

"It's a good community event, which brings a lot of people to town," O'Bryan said in pointing out the trade fair traditionally generates a significant influx of money into the community from patrons and vendors who book rooms at local hotels and local eateries.

"Generally on Saturday night of the show, about 100 club members and vendors go to Stoll's Country Inn dressed in primitive attire and dine at the establishment," O'Bryan said.

"They pose for pictures and it's a lot of fun."

Buck Creek Muzzleloader's Club, which has about 80-90 families as members, started in 1976.

Membership is $25 a year.

The club features shoots the second Sunday of the month at the range located almost two miles north of Linton's Humphreys Park - just off Park Road between County Road 200 and Bolton Road.

"Everybody's welcome to come to the shoots and observe. We shoot traditional muzzleloaders only. We do not shoot in-lines. We do flint lock or cap lock and shoot patch and ball ammo only," O'Bryan said.

For more information about the club contact O'Bryan at 847-9615.

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