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Photo essay: Mount Vernon Fair recreates 18th century marketplace Special

By Leigh Goessl     Sep 24, 2012 in Lifestyle
Mount Vernon - Over the weekend the annual Colonial Market & Fair was held at the Mount Vernon estate in Northern Virginia. Mount Vernon is the home of U.S. first president George Washington.
For months the Mount Vernon Events team has been planning the annual fair, which is described as a "one of a kind" in North America.
Over 40 vendors were present for the event, which included an 18th century chocolate making demonstration, along with several forms of Colonial-era entertainment.
Throughout the market several groups of musicians could be heard, and visitors walking on the outskirts of the market could see the encampment of living history re-enactments, bringing to life the First Virginia Regiment.
Artisans skilled in a variety of crafts could be observed in the various tents across the marketplace as shoppers examined and purchased their wares.
The Market Square, which was located under a tent and set up to resemble an 18th century-style gathering place, drew much of the day's attention. Visitors came in and sat upon the bales of hay to watch the day's performances which included Signora Carmella Bella, the Great Equilibrist & Juggler, Otto the Swordswallower, The James Rose Puppets with a presentation of "Punch & Judy", and Dr. Balthasar, Miracle Medicine for Man and Beast. The entertainers brought laughter, astonishment and disbelief to the audiences in a variety of Colonial-era performances held throughout the day.
General Washington also stopped by to speak at the square in between his busy day of overseeing the market's activity.
The event, which has been held annually at Mount Vernon for over 15 years, is a popular event for locals and visitors. The weekend proved to be perfect in terms of weather for a fair as sunny skies and comfortable temperatures arrived simultaneously with the start of autumn.
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