Aug. 19, 2008
PRINCE WILLIAM (CNB) - A variety of traditional activities will take place as Kings Landing Historical Settlement holds an agricultural fair on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24.
The settlement will exhibit a summer's worth of work by the villagers as the 19th-century hamlet enjoys a rest from its routine.
A basket social will take place in the early afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. Guests will be encouraged to bid on fabric-decorated baskets filled with 19th-century foods to enjoy as a picnic on the grounds or to take home.
Visitors may join in games of skill and chance, a lumberman's competition, hay rides, corn husking and corn-eating contests, among others. Visitors may also enjoy equipment displays as well as exhibitions of needlework, knitting, cooking, woodworking and more.
At the end of the day, guests may join with the village residents at an old-fashioned country dance, and then participate in a tug-of-war in the field outside the theatre.
Events occur at various times and locations. Visitors are encouraged to inquire upon arrival to confirm the times for each event.
During the 1800s, agricultural fairs were much anticipated and well-attended events in New Brunswick. People took the opportunity to show off their animals, their skills in the trades, and their proficiency with a sewing needle.
Young women put together baskets filled with homemade jams and preserves, vegetables and fruit from their gardens, and perhaps some fancy stitching on a napkin to be auctioned off at a basket social in hopes that a young man might buy the basket as a sign of his affections.
Kings Landing is open daily until Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The settlement is 20 minutes west of Fredericton at Exit 253 off the Trans-Canada Highway.
Special events are scheduled throughout the season, including military re-enactments, live theatre performances, auctions, fairs and festivals.
For more information, contact Kings Landing at 506-363-4999, or visit the Kings Landing Historical Settlement website. Interviews may be arranged prior to the fair, as staff will be preparing all week.
MEDIA CONTACT: Patricia Donnelly, marketing manager, Kings Landing Historical Settlement, 506-363-4952 (direct); 506-363-4989 (fax); www.kingslanding.nb.ca