Fair visitors can experience the wonders of yesteryear in the Heritage Village where a multi-dimensional display of entertainment, crafts, blacksmith and pottery from years gone by will be on display. This year’s display features expanded exhibits, and the educational – yet immersive – experience is sure to leave an impression on family members of all ages.
Located in Hampton Plaza near the Rocket.
Hot Glass Academy
Watch amazing glass-blowing demonstrations by professional glass artists. A glassblower will create their works of art at 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit and shape the molten material to convey their vision. No two artworks are exactly alike. This is exciting and mesmerizing to watch from start to finish.
American Heritage Museum
Feel the fibers of America’s past with a hands-on museum experience. This historical exhibit shows what hard work and ingenuity have accomplished through the years. Patrons will experience historically accurate displays – showing how the country developed from earlier times to the present day – and how our ancestors did such things as cut wood, make syrup or ice cream and perform various other activities – all without the help of modern-day technology.
Roger Abrahamson - The Giant Bowl Turner
Roger Abrahamson, a craftsman and teacher, performs wooden bowl turning on a human-powered spring pole lathe — a lost art dating back to times past. Abrahamson enjoys educating audiences about wood. His presentation features a continuous demonstration of how woodworking was done before machines and factories.
Faire Wynds Entertainment
Join Professor Chalmers Bodkin-Childs, a true entertainer of “days gone by,” as he delights the crowd with his “Amazing Patent Medicine, Magic Show and Flea Circus.” This classic American exhibit replicates an actual medicine show of the early 1800s. His entertainment is historically based and designed for a modern audience to enjoy and learn about the past.
Rust and Flame Blacksmith
Step into the world of a blacksmith with Marvin and Beverly Gardner as the duo offers an educational experience for all ages. Audiences can watch and assist Marvin as he turns a quarter-inch rod into a miniature horseshoe on the anvil. The rest of the blacksmith shop features antique tongs and hammers, a vice, a blower and, of course, an anvil. Patrons can purchase the one-of-a-kind souvenirs that they help create and take them home as keepsakes.
Michael Felk - Tinsmith
Using never before seen 18th century tools, Michael Felk brings to life the past with interpretive shows. Felk’s knowledge and personality will draw fairgoers in and keep them entertained – while educating them on the craft of making practical and beautiful products. He will also have some of his tin wares available for sale.
Reggie Delarm - Miniature "Yellow Ware" Pottery
For more than 20 years, East Knoll Pottery has been devoted to accurately reproducing the style of pottery known as “Yellow Ware,” using yellow clays, traditional designs and clear lead-free glaze for everyday use. Reggie Delarm will dress in period costume as she throws clay on a potter’s wheel and demonstrates how pottery has been made for decades.
Four Acres Farms
Spend some time watching and learning about mules, miniature donkeys, and other farm animals. There will be a pair of the largest mules you’ve ever seen at 19.1 hands tall. Find out how big that really is and guess how much they eat every day. You’ll have fun watching the animals and learning more about life on the farm.