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Elaine Brenchley, First State Heritage Park, 302-739-9194, or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175, 

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18th-Century Market Fair Returns to Dover in November 

DOVER (Oct. 26, 2012) – The First State Heritage Park leaves the 21st Century behind on Saturday, Nov. 3 when the 18th-Century Market Fair returns to The Green in Dover from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to Market Fair is free; food and goods will be available to purchase.  

The event recreates the sights and sounds of the autumn market fairs held in Dover in the mid-1700s. During those fairs, travelling merchants and local tradespeople exchanged goods, while entertainment of all sorts brought excitement to The Green.  

Appearing at Market Fair for the first time is Signora Bella, the Great Italian Equilibrist, who delights audiences by balancing and juggling knives and flaming torches. Also making a first appearance at Market Fair is Rudy Tucker, a well-known Virginia artisan who will demonstrate pottery making with a foot-powered wheel and sell his traditionally made salt glazed stoneware. Tavern cook Constance Greene, portrayed by Kim Costa, will greet visitors at the Golden Fleece Tavern site and show exactly what it was like to travel and eat at an 18th-century tavern.  

Two of last year’s popular performers will make repeat visits. The Arrogant French Lacemaker returns with his combination of history and humor. Also returning is Dr. Balthasar’s Marvelous Miracle Medicine Show to offer audiences a "magical miracle medicine that cures everything from a common cold to death of two weeks' standing” during this comical, interactive show.  

Children will enjoy the hands-on activities, and the living history characters for which the Heritage Park is known will be making appearances. Completing the period atmosphere are traditional music and dancing provided by the Market Fair Minstrels Jan and Kelly Crumpley, and by the Dover English Country Dancers. The Century Club will offer hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches, desserts and hot drinks for sale and Fifer’s Orchards will be selling their popular cider donuts and cider. 

Information about all the entertainers, demonstrators and vendors is available on the Market Fair website: or call 302-739-9194. 

Vol. 42, No.419

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