New Ulm Trade Fair puts history on display

NEW ULM – Area residents had an opportunity to step into the past Saturday at the 32nd annual Black Powder New Ulm Trade Fair and Living History Event at Turner Hall.

The event, which specializes in 1750s to 1830s products, featured 111 tables and and 80 vendors throughout the day. The estimated attendance for Saturday’s event was placed at 500 visitors.

The products being offered ranged from turtle shells and carved bones to pioneer clothing to musket guns, knives and even tomahawks. All the vendors dressed in period costumes ranging from Civil War soldier garb to pioneers to fur traders. The event draws vendors from all over the Midwest area.

Trade Fair organizer Michael Emery, of Woodbury, said the fair is a simple, fun event that people have been enjoying for a long time. He said they hope for a good turnout over the course of the two days of the event.

The event is one of the longest running trade fairs in the Midwest.

The fair continues today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The price of admissionis $3.50, with children under five allowed to enter free of charge,

Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at

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