33rd Annual New Ulm Trade Fair transforms Turner Hall
NEW ULM – This weekend, Turner Hall was transformed into a frontier trading post as part of the 33rd Trade Fair (or, as “old-timers” call it, “black powder,” show).
The historically-themed trade show was originally started by an area shooting club and had an emphasis on antique firearms.
In the years since, the event has expanded to include a variety of vendors selling everything frontier related, from buck knives to fur skin clothing. Organizer Mike Emery estimated the event featured 110 tables with 70 separate vendors.
Emery credited the success of Trade Fair to its being a traditional way of kicking off the spring season and cure cabin fever after a long winter.
Emery further commented the fair is more than a trade show, it is living history. Many of the costumed participants are year-long re-enactors with in-depth knowledge of frontier living.
The Trade Fair started Saturday and continues today from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.