Living History Trade Fair scheduled for early March

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
A black bear skin was among the items on display during the seventh annual Pre-1865 Living History Trade Fair in Concordia on March 3, 2018. The annual event is sponsored by Blackwater Buckskinners. The next “mountain man rendezvous” type event is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Concordia Community Center.
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The eighth annual Pre-1865 Living History Trade Fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Concordia Community Center. The event is sponsored by Blackwater Buckskinners and serves as an educational opportunity, as well as a trade fair.

Clothing, leather goods and black powder rifles are just some of the goods to be found at the trade fair. During the day-long “rendezvous” a visitor might find iron cookware, beads, or even a bearskin. Items for sale may also include tables full of handmade knives, complete with hand-tooled leather sheaths and decorative ornamentation.

According to organizers, the trade fair is an annual event that takes place the first Saturday of March each year. Period dress is encouraged but not required.

In addition to a wide variety of trade goods from the time period, the event will include door prizes and a gun raffle. Interested vendors with goods and related items should contact Neil at 816-522-5479, or by email at

The event is free to both the public and vendors. However, donations are accepted.

The center is located at 802 S. Gordon St. in Concordia. Visit Blackwater Buckskinners on Facebook for more information.

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