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Steve Wilson of East Grand Forks kills some time Sunday chuckling with another vendor along the way. Darren Gibbins1 / 4
Handmade sashes of color line the table of Deb Wilson of East Grand Forks. Darren Gibbins2 / 4
Several buyers and vendors donned period clothing at the North Dakota Muzzleloaders Convention and Trade Fair at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. Darren Gibbins3 / 4
Dennis Johnson of Alexandria, Minn. says his passion for making handmade period clothing started when he stumbled across a group of people target shooting using muzzleloaders about 20 years ago. Darren Gibbins4 / 4

History came to life this past weekend as the 15th Annual North Dakota Muzzleloaders Trade Fair and Convention hit the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.

Over 70 tables packed the Ag Building with vendors, demonstrations and displays from the fur trade up to the cowboy era.

“It’s very much a family event,” Darrel Kersting, trade fair coordinator said. “It’s a lot of fun and people bring their kids in and see how things were done.”

The event draws people from all over North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and even Canada.

“It’s one thing for people to read in a book about history, but when you put yourself in it, it brings it a little more to home,” Kersting said.

Carrie Snyder
Carrie Snyder has been a staff photographer for The Forum since 2007. She grew up in Fargo and attended Minnesota State University Moorhead.  Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to .