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Buck Creek Muzzleloader's Club Trade Fair set for this weekend in Linton

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

If you enjoy history, handmade crafts, primitive attire and muzzleloaded weapons, the 12th Annual Buck Creek Muzzleloader's Club Trade Fair this weekend in Linton should be to your liking.

The two-day event will showcase the era 1750-1840 when life was much simpler and making things by hand was commonplace.

The trade fair will be at the Roy Clark Community Building from 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.

Vendors from seven states will wear primitive attire from the period and lively fife music will be playing in the background throughout the event.

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, pewter ware items, blankets, leather goods, gun supplies, blacksmith supplies, and tools.

"There will be no modern guns," Buck Creek Muzzleloader Club president David O'Bryan, of Linton, said.

The trade fair is one of the largest and most popular events in a several state area, typically drawing 750 to 800 patrons.

"With our show we go more for quality rather than quantity," O'Bryan said. "Any of the vendors are juried before they come in. We check out to make sure their stuff is what we want. We try to keep the standard up. We have a little bit of everything there."

O'Bryan pointed 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 eat at local restaurants.

A special treat comes on Saturday night when about 100 of the vendors and club members dress in primitive era attire and will dine at Stoll's Country Inn.

Money raised at the trade fair is used for the club's shooting range upkeep and club activities.

O'Bryan and former Linton resident Bruce Corbin started Buck Creek Muzzleloader's Club, which has about 80-90 families as members, in 1976.

"We started shooting out at Fred Markle's house and then we went to the Conservation Club range," O'Bryan recalled. "The reason I got into it was I like to hunt with a muzzleloader and I find the historical part of it very interesting ... the fair has been a success for the club."

Other charter members, who are still active, include: Fred Markle and Jim Thompson from Linton, and Steve Fields, from Bloomington.

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 style muzzleloaders only, no 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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