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Published February 03 2010

North Dakota Muzzleloaders trade fair Feb. 20-21

Step back into the time of the mountain man and the era of Lewis and Clark by attending the North Dakota Muzzleloaders convention and historical trade fair.

The event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Agriculture Building on the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo.

This year’s scheduled presentations include “History of the Northwest Mounted Police (1873-1885),” by historical re-enactor Greg Steele, an introduction to traditional muzzleloading, trade silver smithing, traditional muzzleloader deer hunting and primitive fire starting.

The event is a learning experience for all ages with displays and demonstrations of trades and crafts from the 1700s and 1800s.

Vendors from several states will have historical items for sale, including trade beads, blacksmith iron work, tanned leather, clothing, muzzleloaders, beeswax candles and trade silver.

Adult admission is $3, with children 12 and younger $2. Admission is free for children 12 and younger on Feb. 21. For more information, call (701) 866-4991.