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32nd annual trade fair concludes

Event drew 900 on Sat., Sun. to Turner Hall

March 11, 2013
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - The pioneer-period fun concluded Sunday with the final day of the 32nd Annual Black Powder New Ulm Trade Fair and Living History Event at Turner Hall.

The event drew approximately 900 people on Saturday and Sunday. It featured 111 tables and 80 venders showing off period goods with an emphasis on the time between the 1750s and the 1830s.

One example was the Donelson Custom Muzzleloader booth, which featured gunsmith work by John Donelson and blacksmith work by Mike Hoffmann. They offered everything from miniature muzzleloader pistols to tomahawks to metal bear traps. The duo work together to provide detailed replicas of weapons from the fur trader era. They also collaborate on re-enactment events. Their more unique offerings include Donelson building spare pieces for muzzleloader guns and Hoffmann building custom pike axes that also be used as a smoking pipe.

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Staff photo by Josh Moniz
John Donelson and Mike Hoffmann of Donelson Custom Muzzleloaders displayed some of their pioneer-era products Sunday at the 32nd annual Black Powder New Ulm Trade Fair and Living History Event at Turner Hall. They specialize in custom muzzleloaders and custom metal work tools or weapons.

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Nearly all the venders dressed in various pioneer era clothing that ranged from Civil War outfits to fur trader garb.



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